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Lovastatin tablets are the generic version of the brand-name drug Mevacor®. This medication is licensed to treat high cholesterol. It is also approved for the prevention of heart disease and for slowing the progression of atherosclerosis in people that already have heart disease.
By blocking a particular enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body, the drug can decrease triglycerides and LDL cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol), while increasing HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol).
The tablets, which are available by prescription only, come in three different strengths and are typically taken once a day with the evening meal. It is recommended that people on lovastatin not drink grapefruit juice because it can increase the levels of lovastatin in the blood (which can increase the risk of developing serious muscle problems).
Some of the most common side effects that have been reported with lovastatin tablets include muscle pain, gas, headache, and constipation.
(Click Lovastatin to learn more about this medication and its effects, dosing information, warnings, other potential side effects, and various strengths.)
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