Effects of Lovastatin Extended-ReleaseIn previous research studies, people taking lovastatin extended-release 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 lovastatin extended-release on cholesterol and triglyceride levels were generally even greater for the higher doses.
When and How to Take Lovastatin Extended-ReleaseSome general considerations for when and how to take lovastatin extended-release include:
- Your lovastatin extended-release 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 lovastatin extended-release tablets.
- For lovastatin extended-release to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Lovastatin extended-release will not work if you stop taking it.
- Do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Lovastatin Extended-Release Dietary InstructionsIt is recommended that people on lovastatin extended-release not drink grapefruit juice because it can increase the levels of lovastatin extended-release in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing serious muscle problems. If you are being treated with lovastatin extended-release 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.