Altoprev is used to treat high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and high triglycerides. It is prescribed to people who cannot lower cholesterol through lifestyle changes alone. People without coronary heart disease but with high cholesterol can reduce their chance of a heart attack and unstable angina -- as well as the chance of needing a heart procedure -- by taking Altoprev. Uses also include helping prevent heart disease and slowing the rate at which atherosclerosis develops in those with existing heart disease. Altoprev currently has no universally accepted off-label uses.
Altoprev Uses: An OverviewAltoprev® (lovastatin extended-release) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. These Altoprev uses are as follows:
- Treatment of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Treatment of high triglycerides
- Prevention of heart disease.
High Cholesterol or Triglycerides Treatment
Altoprev is used for treating high cholesterol in those people who cannot lower cholesterol through lifestyle changes alone. Altoprev can lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad cholesterol"), as well as increasing HDL ("good cholesterol"). Altoprev has also been shown to lower triglyceride levels in the blood.
Prevention of Heart Disease
Altoprev is also used to decrease the chances of developing heart disease in those people who do not have existing coronary heart disease but do have high cholesterol. In this group, Altoprev has been shown to decrease the chances of:
- A heart attack
- Unstable angina
- Needing a heart procedure, such as angioplasty or open heart surgery (known medically as coronary artery bypass surgery, or CABG).
It has also been shown to decrease the rate at which atherosclerosis develops in those with existing heart disease.