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Lostatin tab (Dr.Reddy’s)
Lovastatin is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner
Lovastatin is pronounced as: LOW-vuh-stat-in
Lovastatin is a lipid lowering drug belongs to HMG-coA reductase inhibitor. Lovastatin is also called as statin.
Lovastatin reduces the cholesterol level in the blood.
Lovastatin reduces the low density lipo protein (LDL) and total cholesterol there by it reduces the deposit of the fat in the blood vessels and hardening of arteries, the condition called heart disease which can lead to heart attack.
Do not take the lovastatin if you have sever liver or kidney disease and if you are hypersensitive to any statin drugs.
Lovastatin should not be taken if you are breast feeding a baby.
Old people: Caution is advised while using in elderly patients.
Pregnant woman: Lovastatinbelongs to FDA pregnancy category X. This means that lovastatin will cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. The use of this drug in pregnancy clearly outweighs any possible benefit. Do not use lovastatin if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lovastatin is available in the form of tablet.
Use lovastatin as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician
The common side effects for lovastatin are
If you experience any of the following side effects contact the doctor immediately
Store lovastatin at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 31, 2012
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