Before taking Lovastatin 20mg 20mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using Lovastatin 20mg, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, alcohol use.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Limit alcoholic beverages. Daily use of alcohol may increase your risk for liver problems, especially when combined with Lovastatin 20mg 20mg. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Lovastatin 20mg, especially muscle problems.
Lovastatin 20mg must not be used during pregnancy. Lovastatin 20mg may harm an unborn baby. Therefore, it is important to prevent pregnancy while taking Lovastatin 20mg. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the use of reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth control pills) while taking Lovastatin 20mg. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately.
It is unknown if Lovastatin 20mg passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using Lovastatin 20mg is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Storage temperature ranges differ according to different manufacturers, so consult your pharmacist for more information. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Lovastatin 20mg is used along with a proper diet to help lower "bad" cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. It belongs to a group of drugs known as "statins." It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. Lowering "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides and raising "good" cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks.
In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help Lovastatin 20mg work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details.
Take Lovastatin 20mg by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily with your evening meal. Some patients may be directed to take Lovastatin 20mg twice daily.
Dosage of Lovastatin 20mg is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using Lovastatin 20mg unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit can increase the amount of Lovastatin 20mg in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
If you also take certain other drugs to lower your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), take Lovastatin 20mg 20mg at least 1 hour before or at least 4 hours after taking these medications. These products can react with Lovastatin 20mg 20mg, preventing its full absorption.
Take Lovastatin 20mg regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time(s) each day. It is important to continue taking Lovastatin 20mg even if you feel well. Most people with high cholesterol or triglycerides do not feel sick.
It is very important to continue to follow your doctor's advice about diet and exercise. It may take up to 4 weeks before you get the full benefit of Lovastatin 20mg.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Lovastatin 20mg because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Lovastatin 20mg do not have serious side effects.
A very small number of people taking Lovastatin 20mg 20mg may have mild memory problems or confusion. If these rare effects occur, talk to your doctor.
Lovastatin 20mg may infrequently cause muscle problems (which can rarely lead to very serious conditions called rhabdomyolysis and autoimmune myopathy). Tell your doctor right away if you develop any of these symptoms during treatment and if these symptoms persist after your doctor stops Lovastatin 20mg: muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially with fever or unusual tiredness), change in the amount of urine.
Lovastatin 20mg may rarely cause liver problems. If you notice any of the following rare but serious side effects, tell your doctor immediately: yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting.
A very serious allergic reaction to Lovastatin 20mg is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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If you miss a dose of Lovastatin 20mg, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
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Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some products that may interact with Lovastatin 20mg include: "blood thinners" (such as warfarin), gemfibrozil.
Other medications can affect the removal of Lovastatin 20mg 20mg from your body, which may affect how Lovastatin 20mg 20mg works. Examples include certain azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole), colchicine, cyclosporine, delavirdine, dronedarone, macrolide antibiotics (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin), nefazodone, HIV protease inhibitors (such as lopinavir, ritonavir), a certain combination HIV medication (elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/tenofovir), hepatitis C virus protease inhibitors (such as boceprevir, telaprevir), telithromycin, among others.