Dosing With Lovastatin
The recommended starting dosage of lovastatin for children (ages 10 to 17) with high cholesterol is 10 mg to 20 mg once a day. If your child does not reach his or her cholesterol goal on the starting dose, your healthcare provider may choose to increase the dosage. The dose can also be decreased if lovastatin side effects occur. The maximum daily lovastatin dose for children is 40 mg.
Some considerations for people taking lovastatin include the following:
- Your dose of lovastatin should be taken with the evening meal.
- Do not take this medication on an empty stomach, as this may decrease the level of lovastatin in your blood.
- Make sure to take this medication in the evening, as it will not work as well if you take it earlier in the day (the liver produces the most cholesterol during the middle of the night).
- For lovastatin to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
- Remember that lowering cholesterol begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, low-cholesterol diet, and exercise). If lifestyle changes alone do not lower cholesterol to a desirable level, cholesterol medication such as lovastatin may be necessary. However, even for those who are taking medication, lifestyle changes are still important for maintaining a good cholesterol level.
- If you are unsure about anything related to dosing with lovastatin, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.