What is Mevacor?Mevacor is a cholesterol-lowering medication called a "statin" that is used in combination with diet and exercise to reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglycerides, and to increase HDL ("good") cholesterol. Mevacor is for people who have not been able to adequately lower their cholesterol with exercise and a low-fat diet alone.
Mevacor is also prescribed for adolescents who have a hereditary form of high cholesterol and have not been able to adequately lower it with exercise and a low-fat diet alone.
What is the most important information I should know about Mevacor?Rarely, Mevacor can cause a side effect that can lead to the breakdown of your muscles, and is characterized by sudden muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms while taking Mevacor. The chances of this rare side effect increase if you are taking certain other drugs, so tell your doctor about all medications and supplements you are taking before starting Mevacor.
Do not take Mevacor if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant.
Over time, Mevacor may cause liver damage in some patients. When you are taking Mevacor, your doctor may perform simple blood tests to check your liver's health periodically.
Who should not take Mevacor?Do not take Mevacor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.
Do not take Mevacor if you have liver disease or damage, or if you are allergic to the medication or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Mevacor?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Mevacor. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have ever had chronic muscle aches or weakness, and a history of liver or kidney disease. Also, let your doctor know if you drink more than two glasses of alcohol daily, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual starting dose is 20 milligrams (mg) taken once a day, preferably with an evening meal. Your doctor may increase your dose up to a maximum of 80 mg taken as one or two doses daily.
Children 10-17 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child.
How should I take Mevacor?Mevacor should be taken with food, preferably in the evening. It should be taken at the same time every day.
You should undergo periodic lab tests to measure cholesterol levels, liver function, and kidney function.
What should I avoid while taking Mevacor?Avoid getting pregnant while taking Mevacor. If you do get pregnant, stop taking Mevacor right away and call your doctor.
Avoid drinking more than 1 quart of grapefruit juice daily, as this may impair your body's ability to metabolize Mevacor. Avoid alcohol while taking Mevacor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Mevacor?If Mevacor is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Mevacor with the following: amiodarone, clarithromycin, cyclosporine, danazol, erythromycin, gemfibrozil, grapefruit juice (>1 quart daily), HIV medications called "protease inhibitors," itraconazole, ketoconazole, nefazodone, niacin, other cholesterol-lowering drugs, telithromycin, and verapamil.
What are the possible side effects of Mevacor?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: Upset stomach, gas, headache, nausea, weakness, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain
Can I receive Mevacor if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Do not take Mevacor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, as it may harm your unborn or breastfeeding baby. If you do become pregnant or plan on pregnancy while taking Mevacor, inform your doctor immediately.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Mevacor?If you miss a dose of Mevacor, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Mevacor?Store at room temperature.
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