Lowering high cholesterol and triglycerides in certain patients. It also increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL) (“good”) cholesterol levels. It is used along with an appropriate diet. It is used in certain patients to reduce the risk of heart attack and chest pain caused by angina. It is also used to slow blood vessel blockage and to reduce the need for medical procedures to open blocked heart blood vessels. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Altoprev extended-release tablets are an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, also known as a “statin.” It works by reducing the production of certain fatty substances in the body, including cholesterol.

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  • Altoprev
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking lovastatin:

    Less common:
    Bladder pain
    bloody or cloudy urine
    chest tightness
    cough
    dark-colored urine
    difficult, burning, or painful urination
    difficulty with moving
    fever
    frequent urge to urinate
    headache
    joint pain
    lower back or side pain
    muscle aching, cramps, spasms, or stiffness
    muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
    pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
    stuffy or runny nose
    swollen joints
    trouble with breathing
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with lovastatin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common:
    Acid or sour stomach
    belching
    bloated or full feeling
    blurred vision
    diarrhea
    difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
    dizziness
    excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
    heartburn
    indigestion
    lack or loss of strength
    nausea
    passing gas
    rash
    stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
  • (lovastatin) tablet, extended release