Compare Lovastatin vs. Trilipix

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Mevacor (Lovastatin)

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.

Trilipix is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk.

3.8/ 7 average rating with 68 reviewsforTrilipix
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.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Good medicine for lowering triglycerides.
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.
  • In clinical studies, Trilipix hasn't lowered cholesterol or the risk of heart attack and stroke better than statins.
  • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
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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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68 
50%
think this treatment is worth it
22%
think this treatment works well
25%
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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The Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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 Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with statins

  • Liver damage

    Past history of liver disease

  • Increased bleeding risk

    Taking Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with anticoagulants

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