What to expect when taking Lovastatin

November 12, 2012

What to expect when taking Lovastatin

Lovastatin, like many other statins, can produce many side effects which can be serious if left unattended without further medical treatment. Lovastatin is a member of the statin family of drugs that is used to lower cholesterol by blocking the enzyme which the liver needs to produce cholesterol. Lovastatin and the other statin medicines, for example, Pravachol and Lipitor are prescription drugs which lower the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels. High levels of LDL are linked to heart disease. Lovastatin has a limited effect on the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, high levels of which are thought to protect against heart disease and has no effect on triglyceride fats. When it comes to lowering cholesterol it is important to lower LDL cholesterol as this is the type that increases the risk of heart disease, while maintaining or increasing levels of HDL cholesterol. This can usually be achieved through changing your eating habits, losing weight and exercising on a regular basis.

Lovastatin side effects and other side effects caused by prescription cholesterol medicines can be very serious and should be prescribed by doctors with caution. As there has been much controversy over the years about these drugs, many people are seeking out alternative medication thereby avoiding the associated lovastatin side effects. Rare side effects of taking lovastatin as well as other statin drugs may cause myopathy which presents as muscle weakness, pain or tenderness; myopathy may show as rhabdomyolysis which is the breakdown of muscles and serious renal failure may or may not be present. These can be life-threatening if not recognized and treated in time, so any unexplained muscle pain or weakness whilst on lovastatin should be promptly mentioned to the doctor.

Lovastatin side effects can also include nausea, fever and headaches. Patients have also reported experiencing serious liver problems and severe muscle pain when taking lovastatin. This medication should be administered with great care in patients who have a medical history of disease of the liver and/or drink excessive amounts of alcohol.

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most common lovastatin side effects persist or become bothersome when taking this medication:

  • constipation

  • nausea

  • stomach pain or stomach upset

  • trouble sleeping

  • weakness

  • erectile dysfunction

  • memory loss

  • irritation

  • personality changes.

If any of the following severe side effects occur when using lovastatin seek medical attention immediately:

  • severe allergic reactions such as tightness in the chest

  • swelling of the mouth

  • face

  • lips or tongue

  • rash, itching or hives

  • dark urine

  • tenderness or weakness with or without fatigue or fever

  • pale stools

  • yellowing of the skin or eyes

  • peeling, red, swollen and/or blistered skin

Contact your doctor for advice on all lovastatin side effects which you may be concerned about.

Another serious side effect caused by statins is that the medication lowers the body’s supply of CoQ10 (coenzyme Q10) which is a necessary nutrient to strengthen the heart and for it to function.

There have been some reports of a natural formula which lowers cholesterol levels with ingredients including minerals, vitamins and herbal extracts. This formula is said to aid lowering of LDL cholesterol levels as well as reducing triglycerides. Thereby aiding a healthy heart. The ingredients appear to be safer than those in the statin medications.

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