Dosing With Lovastatin
Your healthcare provider will consider a number of factors before prescribing a dose of lovastatin. These factors include your age, what you are being treated for, and any existing medical conditions you have, among other things. The average daily dose for adults is lovastatin 10 mg to 80 mg; for children, the recommended starting dosage is 10 mg to 20 mg once daily.
The dosage of lovastatin (Mevacor®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking (see Drug Interactions With Lovastatin)
- Your cholesterol goal.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
The recommended starting lovastatin dosage for most people with high cholesterol is lovastatin 20 mg once a day, taken with the evening meal.
After several weeks, your healthcare provider will recommend that you return to recheck your cholesterol levels. If you have not reached your cholesterol goal at this time, your healthcare provider may choose to increase your dosage. The dose can also be decreased if side effects occur. Typical dosages range from lovastatin 10 mg to lovastatin 80 mg once a day or split into two divided doses. The maximum recommended daily dose of lovastatin is 80 mg.
If you have severe kidney disease or take certain medications, a lower starting dosage and/or a lower maximum dosage may be recommended. These medications include:
- Amiodarone (Cordarone®, Pacerone®)
- Danazol (Danocrine®)
- Diltiazem (Cardizem®, Cardizem CD®, Cardizem LA®, Cartia XT®, Dilacor XR®, Dilt-CD®, Diltia XT®, Dilt-XR®, Taztia XT®, Tiazac )
- Verapamil (Calan®, Calan SR, Verelan®, Verelan PM, Isoptin®, Covera-HS®).
(Click Drug Interactions With Lovastatin for more information about these and other drug interactions.)