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Lovastatin belongs to the family of medications known as lipid metabolism regulators. It is used in addition to diet and exercise to lower high cholesterol. It is also used to slow the progression of coronary atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries in the heart). It works by blocking an enzyme that is needed to make cholesterol in the body. Less cholesterol is made, and cholesterol levels in the blood decrease.
The medication usually takes about 2 to 6 weeks to have a significant effect on the cholesterol level in your blood. After this time, your doctor will likely send you for a blood test to check for changes in your cholesterol levels.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Nu®-Lovastatin is no longer being manufactured for sale in Canada. For brands that may still be available, search under lovastatin. This article is being kept available for reference purposes only. If you are using this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for information about your treatment options.