For most people with high cholesterol, the recommended starting dosage of Altoprev is 20 mg, 40 mg, or 60 mg once a day taken right before bedtime. Factors affecting Altoprev dosage include your age, the medical condition being treated, and other medications that you're currently taking. People taking Altoprev should not adjust their doses unless specifically instructed to do so by a healthcare provider.
Altoprev Dosing: An IntroductionThe dosage of Altoprev® (lovastatin extended-release) your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition for which you are being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking (see Altoprev Drug Interactions)
- Your cholesterol goal.
As is always the case, do not adjust your Altoprev dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Altoprev Dosage for High CholesterolThe recommended starting dosage of Altoprev for most people with high cholesterol is Altoprev 20 mg, 40 mg, or 60 mg once a day taken at bedtime.
After several weeks, your healthcare provider will recommend you return to recheck your cholesterol levels. If you have not reached your cholesterol goal at this time, your healthcare provider may choose to increase your Altoprev dosage. The Altoprev dosage can also be decreased if side effects of Altoprev occur. The average daily dosage for people taking Altoprev is Altoprev 10 mg to Altoprev 60 mg once a day.
If you have severe kidney disease or take certain medications, a lower starting dosage and/or a lower maximum dosage may be recommended. These medications include:
- Amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®)
- Danazol (Danocrine®)
- Diltiazem (Cardizem®, Cardizem CD®, Cardizem LA®, Cartia XT®, Dilacor XR®, Dilt-CD®, Diltia XT®, Dilt-XR®, Taztia XT®, Tiazac®)
- Verapamil (Calan®, Calan SR, Verelan®, Verelan PM, Isoptin®, Covera-HS®).
(Click Altoprev Drug Interactions for more information about these and other drug interactions.)