Compare Niaspan vs. Lovastatin

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

Niaspan (Niacin)

Prescription only

Mevacor (Lovastatin)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Niaspan (Niacin) lowers triglycerides, but isn't as good as statins for improving cholesterol levels.

4.2/ 7 average rating with 380 reviewsforNiaspan
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
Upsides
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Good for lowering triglycerides (fats).
  • 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.
Downsides
  • By itself, Niaspan (Niacin) isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol levels.
  • It can cause flushing and stomach pain or discomfort.
  • You need to take it before bedtime with a low-fat snack.
  • If you miss doses often, you may need to re-start taking the medicine more regularly at a lower dose.
  • 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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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
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Reviews
380 
43%
think this treatment is worth it
31%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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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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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Flushing
    68%
  • Itching
    8%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Nausea
    5%
  • Rash
    5%
  • Cough increased
    3%
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2possible side effects
  • Elevations of CK levels
    11%
  • Increase in serum transaminases
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Muscle pain

    Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with statins

  • Liver damage

    Heavy alcohol use

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • High blood sugar

    Diabetes

  • Low platelets

    Taking Niaspan (Niacin) with anticoagulants

  • Gout

    Gout

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  • 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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