Mevacor (Lovastatin) for Heart disease | MyHeartDiseaseTeam

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Mevacor is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the risk for myocardial infarction (heart attack), angina, and coronary artery bypass in people with heart disease. Mevacor is an adjunctive therapy to a low-fat diet. Mevacor is also known by its drug name, Lovastatin.

Mevacor is a statin. Statins are believed to work by stopping the body from producing cholesterol and promoting the reabsorption of existing cholesterol.

How do I take it?
Mevacor is generally taken once or twice a day.

Mevacor comes in tablet form.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Mevacor lists common side effects including insomnia, itching, “pins and needles” tingling sensation, dry mouth, pain in joints or extremities, vomiting, and acid reflux.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Mevacor include myopathy and rhabdomyolysis, which are types of muscle damage.

For answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to statins during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit the experts at

For more details about this treatment, visit:
Mevacor prescribing information (PDF) – Merck

Statins – MedlinePlus

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