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Mevacor
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(Lovastatin)

Mevacor (Lovastatin)

Prescription only

Zetia (ezetimibe)

Prescription only
1 of 9 alternatives
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.

Zetia (ezetimibe) can improve your cholesterol and can be used as an alternative to statins.

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 raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Can be used with other medicines to improve cholesterol.
  • Available in a combination pill with simvastatin.
  • Available as a generic.
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.
  • Doesn't lower triglycerides (fats).
  • Hasn't been shown to lower the risk of heart attacks or heart disease.
  • By itself, it isn't as effective as statins for improving cholesterol.
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  • Extended release
  • Pill
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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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128 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
34%
think this treatment works well
21%
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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8possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Common cold
    4%
  • Sore throat
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    3%
  • Joint pain
    3%
  • Pain in arms and legs
    3%
  • Muscle pain
    3%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    3%
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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 Zetia (ezetimibe) with statins

  • Abnormal liver blood tests

    Past history of liver disease

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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