What is Lovastatin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Mevacor

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Lovastatin is an antilipemic drug used as an adjunct to dietary therapy to decrease elevated serum total and LDL-cholesterol concentrations in primary hypercholesterolemia; and for primary prevention of coronary artery disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 95 7
Hyperlipidemia 32 3
General health 10 1
Diabetes type 2 3 0
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 3 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 29

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lovastatin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Chronic fatigue 1
Fatigue 1
Headaches 1
Muscle pain 1
Nausea 1
Neuropathy in feet 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lovastatin

Dosage Patients Percentage
20 mg daily 2
10 mg daily 1
40 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Lovastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 17
Other 7
Did not seem to work 6
Side effects too severe 5
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Lovastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Lovastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 29
Usually 6
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 32
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 22
Not specified 12

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lovastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 1
Fluvastatin (Lescol) 1
prucalopride (Resolor) 1
Simvastatin (Zocor) 1

Patients stopped taking Lovastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 6
Simvastatin (Zocor) 3
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 1
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Lovastatin

May 19, 2010 (Started May 26, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 3, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Possibly effective for Parkinson's disease as a statin medication
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 28, 2009 (Started Jan 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (headaches, pain in left leg)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: I am fearful of the side effects of this drug. I am going to begin a higher dose of Omega3 and Gugul lipids to get my cholesterol down. There is a family history of high cholesterol.
Side effects: pain in left leg, headaches

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