Lovastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or “statins.” Lovastatin reduces levels of “bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).

Lovastatin is used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors

Lovastatin is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.

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  • Altoprev, Mevacor
  • 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
    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
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