EffectsIn previous research studies, people taking Altoprev 20 mg once in the evening were able, on average, to decrease LDL cholesterol by 30 percent, total cholesterol by 21 percent, and triglycerides by 13 percent; and to increase HDL by 12 percent. The effects of this drug on cholesterol and triglyceride levels were generally even greater for the higher doses of Altoprev.
- Your Altoprev medication should be taken in the evening at bedtime.
- Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water. Do not break, chew, or crush the Altoprev tablets.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
- Do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Dietary InstructionsIt is recommended that people on Altoprev not drink grapefruit juice because it can increase the levels of Altoprev in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing serious muscle problems. If you are being treated with this medication and want to continue drinking grapefruit juice, talk to your doctor about other cholesterol-lowering medications that you can take.
As with any cholesterol medication, you should continue to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet as part of your cholesterol-lowering treatment program.
DosingThe dosage your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Altoprev Dosage for more information about dosing for Altoprev.)