Compare Lovastatin vs. Antara

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

Mevacor (Lovastatin)

Prescription only

Antara (fenofibrate)

Prescription only
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.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 89 reviewsforLovastatin
Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides.

Antara (fenofibrate) is effective at lowering triglyceride and cholesterol levels, but may cause liver problems and muscle pain.

3.3/ 7 average rating with 56 reviewsforAntara
Upsides
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • Antara (fenofibrate) can reduce triglycerides by about 20-50%.
  • Although not as effective at lowering triglycerides, Antara (fenofibrate) can lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).
  • There is a less expensive generic version available.
  • You only need to take it once a day, with or without food.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Not as effective as statins in lowering cholesterol levels. You shouldn't take Antara (fenofibrate) by itself to lower cholesterol.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly while taking Antara (fenofibrate) can increase your risk of liver damage.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of gallbladder, liver or kidney disease. Antara (fenofibrate) might not be the best choice to lower your triglyceride levels.
  • Antara (fenofibrate) can interact with other medications such as warfarin, colchicine, and sulfonylureas.
  • Antara (fenofibrate) was not shown to reduce rates of death in people with type 2 diabetes.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
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Reviews
89 
43%
think this treatment is worth it
39%
think this treatment works well
22%
think this treatment is a hassle

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56 
27%
think this treatment is worth it
14%
think this treatment works well
29%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Elevations of CK levels
    11%
  • Increase in serum transaminases
    2%
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10possible side effects
  • Abnormal liver function tests
    8%
  • Respiratory disorder
    6%
  • Stomach pain
    5%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Headache
    3%
  • Increased AST
    3%
  • Increased ALT
    3%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Muscle pain

    Kidney disease

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Liver damage

    Heavy alcohol use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Harm to fetus

    Pregnancy

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Drug interactions

    Taking with certain drugs that increase the dose of Mevacor (Lovastatin) in the body

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  • Muscle pain

    Taking Antara (fenofibrate) with statins

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Liver damage

    History of liver disease

  • Gallstones

    History of gallstones

  • Increased bleeding risk

    Taking Antara (fenofibrate) with anticoagulants

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