Compare Lovastatin vs. Livalo

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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.

3.4/ 5 average rating with 89 reviewsforLovastatin
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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.
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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.
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  • Extended release
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Reviews
89 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
22%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Elevations of CK levels
    11%
  • Increase in serum transaminases
    2%
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The Livalo (Pitavastatin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Muscle pain
    • Kidney disease
    • High dose of Mevacor (Lovastatin)
    • Combining with certain cholesterol-lowering drugs
    • Older age and female gender
  • Liver damage
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • History of chronic liver disease
  • Harm to fetus
    • Pregnancy
    • Breast feeding
  • Drug interactions
    • Taking with certain drugs that increase the dose of Mevacor (Lovastatin) in the body
  • Muscle weakness (autoimmune)
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