Compare Trilipix vs. Lovastatin

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

Mevacor (Lovastatin)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

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

2.9/ 5 average rating with 68 reviewsforTrilipix
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
Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Price
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Reviews
68 reviews so far
50%
saidit'sworth it
22%
saiditworked well
25%
saidit'sa big hassle

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89 reviews so far
43%
saidit'sworth it
39%
saiditworked well
22%
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Side effects
The Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
2possible side effects
  • Elevations of CK levels
    11%
  • Increase in serum transaminases
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Muscle pain
    • Taking Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with statins
  • Liver damage
    • Past history of liver disease
  • Gallstones
  • Increased bleeding risk
    • Taking Trilipix (Fenofibric Acid) with anticoagulants
  • Pancreatitis
  • Changes in blood tests
  • Skin reactions
  • Blood clots
  • Increased risk for colds and flu
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  • 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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