Compare Lovastatin vs. Vytorin

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

Mevacor
(Lovastatin)

Vytorin
(Ezetimibe / Simvastatin)

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. Vytorin is expensive and is no more effective than simvastatin by itself.
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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 Vytorin (Ezetimibe / Simvastatin)
52%
+9% vs. Mevacor (Lovastatin)
36%
3% vs. Mevacor (Lovastatin)
19%
+3% vs. Mevacor (Lovastatin)
Side effects
LovastatinVytorin
  • Constipation 2%
  • Passing gas 1%
  • Muscle weakness 1%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Muscle pain 1%
More Lovastatin side effects »
  • Unexplained muscle pain or weakness 1%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 1%
  • Pain in extremity 1%
  • Flu 1%
More Vytorin side effects »
How it works
LovastatinVytorin
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).Vytorin is a combination cholesterol-lowering medicine. Simvastatin prevents your body from making "bad" cholesterol (LDL) while raising "good" cholesterol (HDL). Ezetimibe prevents cholesterol absorption in your intestines.
Type of medication
LovastatinVytorin
Cholesterol-lowering
Statin
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Cholesterol inhibitor
Statin
Prescription only
Available as
LovastatinVytorin
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
LovastatinVytorin
Risk factors for serious side effects
LovastatinVytorin
  • 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 »
    • Asian patients taking high-dose niacin
    • Past history of liver disease
    • heavy alcohol use
    • Diabetes
        • Pregnancy
        Detailed Vytorin (Ezetimibe / Simvastatin) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
        LovastatinVytorin
        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
        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
        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.
        • People who take Vytorin (Ezetimibe / Simvastatin) have reported liver damage, especially if taken with statins or if you drink large amounts of alcohol. This has been rare. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease as they may discuss alternatives, or they may monitor your liver with blood tests.
        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 Vytorin (Ezetimibe / Simvastatin) have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle breakdown and kidney damage, especially in people of Asian ancestry who are also taking niacin. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you suddenly develop muscle pain and a 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
        LovastatinVytorin
        • 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.
        • A 2-in-1 cholesterol-lowering combination medicine.
        • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
        Downsides and risks
        LovastatinVytorin
        • 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, simvastatin/ezetimibe hasn't controlled cholesterol better than simvastatin alone.
        • There's no generic available, so it can be expensive.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        LovastatinVytorin
        • 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.
        • 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.
        • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
        • Take it in the evening.
        • Can cause headaches or diarrhea.
        • Call your doctor if you develop muscle pain.
        • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 2 hours before or 4 hours after.
        • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
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