Lovastatin 40 mg Tablets

Lovastatin (Mevacor®) is a prescription medication often used for the treatment of high cholesterol. It is also approved to prevent heart disease and to slow the progression of atherosclerosis in people that already have heart disease.
The drug comes in tablet form and is available in three different strengths. These products include:
  • Lovastatin 10 mg tablets
  • Lovastatin 20 mg tablets
  • Lovastatin 40 mg tablets.
The recommended starting dose of lovastatin tablets for most people with high cholesterol is 20 mg once a day. After several weeks, your healthcare provider may increase your dose if your cholesterol goals have not been reached.
For children ages 10 to 17, the usual starting dosage is 10 mg to 20 mg once daily. The maximum dose is 40 mg per day.
Muscle pain is a common side effect that occurs in up to 3 percent of people. Serious muscle problems are more common when the medication is first started or when higher doses are taken (such as lovastatin 40 mg tablets).
(Click Dosing With Lovastatin for more detailed dosing guidelines, to find out the maximum lovastatin dosage for adults, and to learn about the factors your healthcare provider will consider before making a dosing recommendation.)
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