Mevacor: Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Main ingredient in Mevacor is Lovastatin. Mevacor is given to reduce cholesterol and fatty substances called triglyceride in the body. Mevacor works by clearing
harmful low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol out of the blood and by
limiting the body's ability to form new LDL cholesterol. For those who are
at high risk of heart disease, the physician may suggest a
cholesterol-lowering drug if LDL readings are 130 or higher. For those at
low risk, Mevacor is considered at readings of 190 or more. Mevacor is usually prescribed only if diet and exercise fail to
bring the desired cholesterol levels. Buildup of Cholesterol along the
walls of the arteries decreases blood flow and oxygen supply to the heart,
brain and other vital organs resulting in heart disease, hypertension, and
stroke. It could take up to 6 weeks before the desired level is
MEVACOR SIDE EFFECTS
Side effects of Mevacor may include headache, abdominal pain,
constipation, cramps, decreased sex drive, depression, diarrhea, fatigue,
insomnia, vomiting, weakness, and weight loss.
Mevacor should not be given during pregnancy or while nursing. Tell
your doctor if you or anyone in your family liver disease or diabetes.
Mevacor could cause damage to muscle tissue, so be sure to tell your
physician right away if you notice any unusual muscle pain or
Check with your physician before combining Mevacor with any of the
ephedra, ginseng and saw palmetto.
Mevacor must not be given to pregnant women.
Nursing mothers should switch to bottle-feed while taking Mevacor.
If you suspect Mevacor overdose, seek medical attention right
If you miss a dose of Mevacor, take it as soon as you remember. If
it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back
to your regular schedule. Do not take 2 doses of Mevacor at the same time.
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