Healthcare providers often prescribe Altoprev® (lovastatin extended-release) to treat high triglycerides, high cholesterol, and other conditions related to heart disease. This drug is a statin, and it works primarily by controlling the rate at which the body produces cholesterol. In clinical trials, people taking Altoprev 20 mg once in the evening were able, on average, to decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 30 percent, total cholesterol by 21 percent, and triglycerides by 13 percent.
Because this medicine is not suitable for everyone, tell your healthcare provider if you have certain medical conditions, such as hypothyroidism, seizures, or diabetes. In addition, tell him or her about all other drugs you are taking, including nonprescription products and supplements. This will help your healthcare provider ensure that Altoprev is right for you.
(To learn more about this medicine, click Altoprev. This article covers topics such as whether it is available in generic form, possible side effects, and what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)