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User Reviews for Lovastatin

Also known as: Altoprev Altocor

Lovastatin has an average rating of 6.3 out of 10 from a total of 16 ratings on 63% of those users who reviewed Lovastatin reported a positive effect, while 38% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
High Cholesterol  
13 reviews 53 medications
High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous  
3 reviews 18 medications
Summary of Lovastatin reviews 6.3 16 reviews

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Reviews for Lovastatin

Denny · Taken for 5 to 10 years February 21, 2021

For High Cholesterol: “Lovastatin has helped me keep my cholesterol in check. I have had no side effects whatsoever. I also have two friends taking it. One, like me, has been taking it very long term with no side effects. The other had muscular issues and switched to something else but I don't know what it was. For me, it's been great!”

9 / 10
Russ · Taken for 10 years or more April 18, 2018

For High Cholesterol: “I have taken 20mg lovastatin for over 25 years. Wondering if I really needed it, so stopped taking it for 6 months last year and blood work was all bad: Chol 196 to 243 HDL 52 to 49 LDL 106 to 145 Trig 188 to 246 All of the above varied very little during the 25+ years on the drug, so back on it for nearly a year and looking forward to next blood work. Also, never experienced any side effects that I'm aware of.”

8 / 10
Janette T. January 2, 2018

For High Cholesterol: “I've lost 25lbs. in the past 6 months. The weekend after Thanksgiving I got a strange pain in my stomach and threw up, felt sick for the next 2 days so I thought I had the flu. I never really did get my appetite back. The day after Christmas the same pain came back, which made me throw up 10 times worse. I am now due for my physical, but that is why I was asking, since I lost weight, would 20mg lovastatin be making me sick?”

8 / 10

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Anonymous March 2, 2011

Altoprev (lovastatin) for High Cholesterol: “I have never had any major side effects with this medicine. I would say it is probably the best on the market, though it is expensive. When I was on another medication related to statins my eyes were RED, and they hurt. My heart ached and I felt like my days were numbed. I asked my doctor to switch me back to Altoprev and I am back to normal, full of energy, my eyes are clear and the heart pains went away. I highly recommend this to anyone suffering from high cholesterol.”

10 / 10
wwaldok November 1, 2011

Mevacor (lovastatin) for High Cholesterol: “Lowered cholesterol about 65% as well as Lipitor. Had eventual adverse effects after 1.5 years of use. Caused extreme joint and muscle tendon pain in the fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, thighs and knees. This was with the typical starting dosage for Mevacor. Lipitor has NOT had any side effects for me in over a decade of use. Different statins have different effects on different individuals, but Mevacor's side effects were crippling for me until I discontinued use. About a year later, I began 20 mg of Lipitor.”

1 / 10
misspapaw May 5, 2008

Altoprev (lovastatin) for High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous: “Altoprev is the ONLY statin drug I can tolerate. It is due to the timed-release of the drug over 24 hours. I do not recieve that whopping dose of the drug all at once. However, my ins. Rx. coverage wil not cover it. I do not get to take it regularly, due to fixed income. It is 160.00 a month. But this is the drug for me and I get it filled about every other month. ”

9 / 10
gig1327 · Taken for less than 1 month July 13, 2017

For High Cholesterol: “10th day in of taking this, woke up to severe muscle pain in both legs, shoulder hand and wrist, now at 3 wk mark. Still in pain have been using a walker to get around, showing slight improvement, how long does this take to get back to normal, it's been horrible.”

2 / 10

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Peter Abbott July 12, 2017

For High Cholesterol: “Two pills almost killed me. Left me bedridden for a week. I couldn't even lift my arm to call 911. After 5 days, managed to call my doctor. They dismissed my symptoms. I hadn't drank or urinated for days. When I finally did, my pee was Brown (this stuff destroyed your muscles). I will NEVER take another statin as long as I live.”

1 / 10
Holtz February 28, 2011

For High Cholesterol: “Has caused chronic pain, muscle cramps, loss of muscle. ”

1 / 10
tyler57 August 13, 2008

Mevacor (lovastatin) for High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous: “I have been on lovastatin for many years. I started with Mevacor and then tried later statins, but seemed to experience minor muscle aches from the newer ones and I requested to stay on lovastatin. ”

9 / 10
Zanesgrammy · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 14, 2014

Mevacor (lovastatin) for High Cholesterol: “This worked better than Lipitor. I changed due to cost and my blood work is beyond excellent. I've had no adverse side effects. ”

10 / 10
icebreakerist · Taken for 5 to 10 years November 7, 2015

For High Cholesterol: “switched from lov.when i retired and lost my drug plan.blood work is the same with either drug .no side effects so far have been using it for 6 yrs.”

10 / 10
Horsecreeker March 30, 2012

For High Cholesterol: “Constipation is my number one problem. I drink 8oz of prune juice every other day and the problem is 100% solved.”

9 / 10
Can't take it · Taken for less than 1 month December 5, 2015

For High Cholesterol: “Started out fine but after 3 weeks I started to experience sharp pains in my chest and abdomen. Still need to see doctor.”

1 / 10
hakush June 29, 2009

For High Cholesterol, Familial Heterozygous: “I used this Statin for almost a year (20mg/day), didn't work for me (my total was 266-275). ”

2 / 10
reelab21 November 23, 2015

For High Cholesterol: “cool”

10 / 10

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