Mevacor (Oral)


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how long after quitting mevacor does the joint & muscle pain go away?
by tina, 06/22/2007

Mevacor (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Mevacor (Oral)

Mevacor (Oral) Medication Classification

LOVASTATIN (By mouth)

Mevacor (Oral) Brandname

Mevacor

Mevacor (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Lovastatin (LOE-va-sta-tin) Lowers high cholesterol levels.

When To Not Use Mevacor (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to lovastatin, or to similar medicines such as atorvastatin (Lipitor®), cerivastatin (Baycol®), fluvastatin (Lescol®), pravastatin (Pravachol®), or simvastatin (Zocor®). You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have liver disease.

How Should You Use Mevacor (Oral)

Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to. Take the medicine in the evening, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • You may take the medicine with or without food. Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
  • Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about diet and exercise.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Mevacor (Oral) Storage

Store Mevacor (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Mevacor (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Mevacor (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using blood thinners (Coumadin®), cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®), erythromycin, gemfibrozil (Lopid®), nefazodone (Serzone®), niacin, verapamil (Calan®, Covera®, Isoptin®), medicine to treat fungal infections (such as fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, Diflucan®, Nizoral®, Sporanox®), or medicines to treat HIV/AIDS (Agenerase®, Crixivan®, Invirase®, Norvir®, Sustiva®, Viracept®).
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are taking this medicine.
  • Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.

Mevacor (Oral) Warnings

  • Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, or a muscle disorder. Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol regularly.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using the medicine several days before having surgery or medical tests.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • Do not stop using this medicine without asking your doctor. You may need a special diet to keep your cholesterol levels from going up after you stop using the medicine.

Mevacor (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Muscle pain, weakness, or cramps
  • Red-purple rash on your nose or cheeks, swelling around your eyes
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • Unexplained fever
  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Mild stomach upset, gas, indigestion

Mevacor (Oral) Ratings

Overall Rating:

3.5***~

 

(based on 2 reviews)

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