Effects of Lovastatin

In research studies, people taking lovastatin 20 mg once in the evening were able to, on average, decrease LDL cholesterol by 27 percent, total cholesterol by 19 percent, and increase HDL by 6 percent. At this dosage, triglycerides actually went up 9 percent. At other doses, triglycerides decreased by as much as 27 percent. The effects of lovastatin on cholesterol and triglyceride levels are greater with higher doses.

When and How Do I Take It?

Some general considerations for when and how to take the lovastatin include the following:
  • Your dosage should be taken with the evening meal.
  • Do not take lovastatin on an empty stomach, as this may decrease the level of the medication in your blood.
  • Make sure to take lovastatin 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 the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Lovastatin will not work if you stop taking it.

Dietary Instructions

People on lovastatin should not drink grapefruit juice because it can increase the levels of medication in the blood, which can increase the risk of developing serious muscle problems. If you are being treated with lovastatin and want to continue drinking grapefruit juice, talk to your doctor about other cholesterol-lowering medications (see Grapefruit Juice and Mevacor for more information).
As with any cholesterol medication, you should continue to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet as part of your treatment program to lower cholesterol.
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