Altoprev Precautions and Warnings
Some Altoprev Precautions and WarningsSome precautions and warnings to be aware of with Altoprev include:
- There are certain other medications that Altoprev can interact with (see Altoprev Drug Interactions).
- If you are an alcoholic or drink alcohol frequently, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting Altoprev. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting the Altoprev.
- Statins have been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, it is recommended that you have a blood test that looks at your liver function before starting Altoprev and several months after treatment has started. These tests may also be recommended if the Altoprev dosage is changed.
- Rhabdomyolysis (the severe breakdown of muscles) and other serious muscle problems have rarely been reported with Altoprev and other statins. You are at greater risk for developing muscle problems with Altoprev (such as rhabdomyolysis) if you:
- Have kidney damage
- Are elderly
- Are not being properly treated for hypothyroidism
- Drink grapefruit juice or use grapefruit products.
Make sure to contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, especially if it is with a fever or if you feel ill (see Altoprev and Muscle Pain for more information).
- Altoprev is a pregnancy Category X medicine, meaning that Altoprev could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. The safety of Altoprev in pregnant women has not been established. If you are pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider immediately (see Altoprev and Pregnancy).
- If you are nursing, it is not known whether Altoprev passes through your milk. Therefore, if you are taking Altoprev, discuss with your healthcare provider whether to stop nursing or stop Altoprev.