High Cholesterol

Mevacor- A Cholesterol Lowering Medication

Mevacor is a cholesterol lowering medication that is used along with dietary changes to stabilize the cholesterol levels. Besides lowering the cholesterol levels, this medication also prevents formation of plaque in the blood vessels and reduces the risk of coronary heart diseases.

This medication is used when dietary changes and exercise do not prove to be of much help to control the cholesterol levels. However, for Mevacor to function effectively, it is important that you use it while following a healthy lifestyle. Users should consult with their individual health insurance providers to determine coverage. It's important to always discuss any questions or issues with your physician.

Safety Status
Though Mevacor is safe cholesterol lowering medication, it may cause mild side effects, some of the commonly caused side effects of this medicine include abdominal pain, constipation, blurred vision, dizziness, indigestion and muscle cramps. Some people may also develop change in tastes, diarrhea, headache, nausea, rash and weakness on using this medicine.

Most of the side effects caused as a result of using Mevacor are typically short lived. However, if the side effects persist or worsen over a period of time, make sure that you consult your doctor or health care provider at the earliest.

Usage
Typically, Mevacor is only supposed to be taken with meals. The recommended dosage for this medicine is 20 milligrams per day for adults. The maximum dosage is 80 milligrams per day. You can take the medicine in a single dose or distribute it into several small doses.

It is important that you take your dose on time. However, if at all you miss a particular dose, take the medicine as soon as you remember it. But, if it is already time for the next dose then you could skip the dose altogether. Never ever take two doses at the same time.

Storage
Mevacor should be stored at room temperature. Keep the medicine away from light and moisture. Try to keep the medicine in an air tight container.

Precautions and contraindications

* This medicine should not be taken by people who are allergic to anti-cholesterol drugs. Make sure that you tell your doctor about any allergic reactions that you may have experienced on using cholesterol lowering drugs.
* Mevacor should not be used by patients who are being treated for liver diseases.
* Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use this medicine.
* In some cases, Mevacor may damage the muscle tissue. Thus, if you experience any tenderness in the muscles or unexplained weakness, make sure that you tell your doctor about the same.
* Performing a liver function test before you start using the medicine is a must. A test should also be conducted after 6 to 12 weeks of using the medicine.
* Mevacor should be discontinued in case you plan to have an elective surgery. Stop using the medicine at least a few days before the surgery.