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Mevacor (Lovastatin) belongs to a group of statins, or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. Active ingredients of the treatment decrease the amounts of bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and boost the level of good cholesterol at the same time. Since the drug has a powerful influence on cholesterol levels, it can improve diverse conditions that depend on its ranges. Mevacor is recommended for patients with coronary artery disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other conditions to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and similar heart problems. The treatment should never be administered by anyone younger than 10 years old. Talk to your doctor about other Mevacor uses.
Recommendations for Use
Make sure you have got prescription and safety instructions before Mevacor use. Follow all the rules and recommendations for safe and effective treatment course. Your physician can change Mevacor dose based on the results of blood tests. You will have to pass blood tests often for your doctor to adjust the optimal dose, sufficient for the condition improvement. Never use the treatment at higher or lower doses, or longer than advised. Administer Mevacor daily, preferably with your evening meal or at bedtime. If you need to take the medication a few times a day, according to your prescription, use it with meals. Never break, crush or chew the extended-release Mevacor tablet; swallow it whole.
Having an extremely high cholesterol level, you will need to take the medication on a long-term basis. Do not stop the drug intake abruptly to avoid withdrawal reactions and dangerous side effects. Keep in mind that Mevacor serves only a part of the full treatment program that also presupposes regular exercising, balanced diet and weight management therapy.
Precautions and Contraindications
Talk to your doctor before the treatment course. Do not use Mevacor if you are allergic to Lovastatin or similar ingredients, or in case you are diagnosed with severe liver disorder. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should eliminate the medication use due to the possible complications it may trigger in unborn and nursing children. Besides, tell your healthcare provider about other conditions that may get worse while taking Mevacor. The diseases include diabetes, kidney or liver disorders, thyroid problems, alcohol or drug abuse and others.
Mevacor, as any other treatment, can interact with definite pharmaceutical products. To eliminate harmful side effects and devastating reactions, the patient should never take the medications simultaneously, especially if it is antibiotic, hepatitis C treatment, HIV or AIDS remedy, antifungal medicine, heart treatments, Delavirdine, Cyclosporine, Nefazodone, Gemfibrozil, Fluconazole and others.
Get emergency medical assistance in case any symptoms of allergic reactions occurred after Mevacor use, such as problems breathing, hives, itching, severe skin reactions, swelling of different body parts and others. A few instances of kidney failure have been reported after Mevacor administration. Call your doctor immediately if you have felt muscle tenderness, weakness and pain accompanied by excess tiredness, fever and other symptoms.
Among other severe Mevacor complications are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, appetite loss, jaundice, problems urinating, swelling of legs, breathing disorders and others.
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