Lovastatin is used to reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the body. It is also used in the treatment of long-term complications such as heart disease or stroke. A proper diet and regular exercise should be maintained along with taking this medicine. Moreover, this medicine is used in reducing the amount of cholesterol in children and patients between 10 to 17 years of age suffering from hypercholesterolemia (a genetic disorder).

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Lovastatin

  • Muscle pain
  • Bladder pain
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Acid or sour stomach
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach pain

Uses of Lovastatin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia
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Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed in 3 days.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 4 to 6 weeks
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for breastfeeding women.


Not recommended in patients with known allergy to Lovastatin.

Liver disease

Lovastatin is not recommended if you have an active liver disease indicated by high levels of Transaminase levels in the body.
Warnings for special population


This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.


This medicine is not recommended for breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Cognitive impairment

Lovastatin can cause forgetfulness, memory loss and confusion. These side effects are reversible once the medicine is stopped.

Altered blood glucose levels

Lovastatin may increase the blood glucose levels. Monitoring of blood glucose levels is necessary while you are on this medicine.

Myopathy and Rhabdomyolysis

Lovastatin may increase the risk of Myopathy and Rhabdomyolysis which is a muscular disease. The risk of causing Myopathy is higher in the elderly population, and hence it should be used with caution.


Lovastatin should be used with caution in patients who consume large quantities of alcohol and/or have a history of the chronic liver disease.

Pediatric use

The safety and efficacy of Lovastatin have not been established in the children less than 10 years of age.

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.


Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol


Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.


Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine





Disease interactions

Liver Disease

Lovastatin should not be used in the patients with liver injury. Frequent monitoring of liver function is necessary. Dose adjustments are to be made based on the severity of the liver injury. Discontinue the treatment if symptoms worsen.


Any symptoms of muscle pain, tenderness or weakness should be reported to the doctor. Inform the doctor if you have any history of muscle disorder.


Before taking this medicine, inform the doctor if you are a diabetic patient. Close monitoring of blood glucose is necessary and appropriate diet should be maintained.
Food interactions
Consumption of grapefruit juice is not recommended when the patient is on Lovastatin. Any symptoms of tenderness, weakness, dark colored urine should be reported to the doctor. Frequent monitoring of kidney function is necessary.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Lovastatin as advised by your doctor. Do not take in larger amounts than prescribed. It is advised to take this medicine at the same time every day. A proper diet and regular exercise should be maintained along with this medicine. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects

To be taken with food

To be taken at bedtime only

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by inhibiting an enzyme which is the rate-limiting step of cholesterol synthesis.
Legal Status









Schedule H

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Information on this page was last updated on 5 Jan 2018


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