Lovastatin Disease Interactions
There are 3 disease interactions with lovastatin:
The use of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors is contraindicated in patients with active liver disease or unexplained, persistent elevations of serum transaminases. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors are extensively metabolized by the liver. Decreased drug metabolism may lead to accumulation and increased risk of toxicity, including biochemical abnormalities of liver function and, rarely, jaundice, hepatitis, cirrhosis, fatty change in the liver, and fulminant hepatic necrosis. Therapy with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors should be administered cautiously in patients with a history of liver disease and/or heavy alcohol use. A lower initial dosage may be appropriate, and clinical monitoring of liver transaminase levels according to the individual product package labeling is recommended. Patients who develop elevated ALT or AST levels during therapy should be monitored until abnormalities resolve. If an increase above 3 times the upper limit of normal persists, consideration should be given to a reduction in dosage or withdrawal of therapy.
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- "Lovastatin 5-year safety and efficacy study. Lovastatin Study Groups I through IV." Arch Intern Med 153 (1993): 1079-87
- Pan HY, Morrison RA, Singhvi SM, Frantz BM, Waclawski AP, Willard DA "Disposition of pravastatin sodium (SQ 31,000), a tissue-selective HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, in healthy subjects." Clin Res 36 (1988): a368
Severe myopathy, including rhabdomyolysis with acute renal failure secondary to myoglobinuria, has been reported rarely with the use of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. The myopathy may be dose-related and is characterized by muscle aches and/or weakness in conjunction with increases in creatine phosphokinase (CPK) values exceeding 10 times the upper limit of normal. Therapy with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors should be administered cautiously in patients with preexisting myopathy or a myoneural disorder, since it may delay the recognition or confound the diagnosis of a drug-induced musculoskeletal effect. Patients should be advised to report promptly any unusual muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever. Periodic CPK determinations may be considered in some patients, although the value of such monitoring is uncertain. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor therapy should be withdrawn if markedly elevated CPK levels occur or if drug-related myopathy is diagnosed or suspected.
- Norman DJ, Illingworth DR, Munson J, Hosenpud J "Myolysis and acute renal failure in a heart-transplant recipient receiving lovastatin." N Engl J Med 318 (1988): 46-7
- Vanpuijenbroek EP, Dubufvereijken PWG, Spooren PFMJ, Vandoormaal JJ "Possible increased risk of rhabdomyolysis during concomitant use of simvastatin and gemfibrozil." J Intern Med 240 (1996): 403-4
- "Product Information. Zocor (simvastatin)." Merck & Co, Inc, West Point, PA.
In patients with severe renal impairment (CrCl < 30 mL/min.), the plasma concentrations of total HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors after a single dose of lovastatin may be approximately two-fold higher than those in healthy patients, presumably due to the accumulation of active metabolites. Increased HMG-CoA reductase inhibitory activity may be associated with a greater risk of adverse effects, including hepatic and musculoskeletal toxicities. Therefore, lovastatin dosage increases above 20 mg/day should be considered and implemented cautiously in patients with severe renal impairment. Close clinical monitoring is recommended during therapy.
- Lennernas H, Fager G "Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. Similarities and differences." Clin Pharmacokinet 32 (1997): 403-25
- Pan HY, DeValut AR, Wang-Iverson D, et al "Comparative pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of pravastatin and lovastatin." J Clin Pharmacol 30 (1990): 1128-35
- "Product Information. Mevacor (lovastatin)." Merck & Co, Inc, West Point, PA.
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lovastatin drug Interactions
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Drug Interaction Classification
The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.
|Major||Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderate||Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|Minor||Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.|
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