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) 28 7
Hyperlipidemia 14 3
General health 10 1
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 3 0
Support circulatory health 2 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
Severe 2
Moderate 2
Mild 2
None 29

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Lovastatin

Side effect Patients
Chronic fatigue 1
Fatigue 1
Headaches 1
Muscle pain 1
Neuropathy in feet 1
Pain in left leg 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Lovastatin

Dosage Patients
20 mg daily 14
10 mg daily 9
40 mg daily 9

Why patients stopped taking Lovastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 16
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
See all 34 patients who've stopped taking Lovastatin

Duration

Currently taking Lovastatin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Lovastatin

Duration Patients
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
Always 29
Usually 5
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
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
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 22
Not specified 11

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Lovastatin after stopping:

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

Patients stopped taking Lovastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 3
Simvastatin (Zocor) 3
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 (pain in left leg, headaches)
  • 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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