Compare Lovastatin vs. Antara

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Mevacor
(Lovastatin)

Antara
(Fenofibrate)

Lowers cholesterol. Mevacor (Lovastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Mevacor (Lovastatin)
43%
of people say Mevacor (Lovastatin) is worth it
39%
say it works well
22%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Antara (Fenofibrate)
27%
16% vs. Mevacor (Lovastatin)
14%
25% vs. Mevacor (Lovastatin)
29%
7% vs. Mevacor (Lovastatin)
Side effects
LovastatinAntara
  • Constipation 2%
  • Passing gas 1%
  • Muscle weakness 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Muscle pain 1%
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  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Increased alt 1%
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How it works
LovastatinAntara
Mevacor (Lovastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).Antara (Fenofibrate) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).
Type of medication
LovastatinAntara
Cholesterol-lowering
Statin
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Fibric acid
Prescription only
Available as
LovastatinAntara
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
LovastatinAntara
Risk factors for serious side effects
LovastatinAntara
  • Kidney disease
  • High dose of Mevacor (Lovastatin)
  • Combining with certain cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Older age and female gender
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • History of chronic liver disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding
  • Taking with certain drugs that increase the dose of Mevacor (Lovastatin) in the body
    Detailed Mevacor (Lovastatin) risks & warnings »
    • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
    • Past history of liver disease
      • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
              Detailed Antara (Fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
              Pregnancy category
              LovastatinAntara
              XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

              Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

              See the FDA package insert
              CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

              Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

              See the FDA package insert
              Alcohol
              • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
              • There are reports of liver damage in people who take Mevacor (Lovastatin), especially if they are heavy alcohol drinkers or have a history of liver disease. If you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin, tell your doctor. Your doctor may also want to check your liver function periodically.
              • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
              • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
              Food
              • Works best if you take it once a day after your evening meal.
              No specific food-related info.
              Kidneys and liver
              • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
              • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
              • There are rare cases of muscle damage leading to kidney failure in people taking Mevacor (Lovastatin). The risk is greater in people with kidney disease or thyroid disease, are older and female and taking certain cholesterol-lowering medication combinations. Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, weakness or fever and there is no known cause.
              • Combining certain medications can increase the risk of muscle pain (myopathy), muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) and kidney damage. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist when taking any new medications.
              • People on Antara (Fenofibrate) while taking statins have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain or weakness or fever and you don't know why.
              Sex
              No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
              Sleep
              No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
              Weight
              No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
              Upsides and benefits
              LovastatinAntara
              • Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
              • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
              • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
              Downsides and risks
              LovastatinAntara
              • Not the best choice for people who have very high cholesterol levels.
              • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
              • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
              • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
              • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
              • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
              • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
              • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
              Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
              LovastatinAntara
              • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
              • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
              • Works best if you take it once a day after your evening meal.
              • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
              • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
              • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
              • Certain medications can interact with this drug. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
              • Lowers triglycerides.
              • Can cause backache or headache.
              • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
              • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
              • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
              • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
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