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In the US, Lovastatin (lovastatin systemic) is a member of the drug class statins and is used to treat High Cholesterol, High Cholesterol - Familial Heterozygous, Hyperlipoproteinemia, Hyperlipoproteinemia Type IIa - Elevated LDL and Hyperlipoproteinemia Type IIb - Elevated LDL VLDL.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Category

Lipidemic agent: HMG CoA reductase inhibitor (statin)

Chemical Names

(S)-2-Metylbutyric acid, 8-ester wit (4R,6R)-6-[2-[(1S,2S,6R,8S,8aR)-1,2,6,7,8,8a-hexahydro-8-hydroxy-2,6-dimetyl-1-naphtyl]etyl]tetrahydro-4-hydroxy-2H-pyran-2-one (WHO)

[(1S,3R,7S,8S,8aR)-8-{2-[(4R,6R)-4-Hydroxy-2-oxo-2H-pyran-6-yl]etyl}-3,7-dimetyl-1,2,3,7,8,8a-hexahydronaphtyl (S)-2-metylbutyrat (IUPAC)

Foreign Names

  • Lovastatinum (Latin)
  • Lovastatin (German)
  • Lovastatine (French)
  • Lovastatina (Spanish)

Generic Names

  • Lovastatin (OS: USAN, BAN)
  • Mevinolin (IS)
  • MK 803 (IS: Merck)
  • Monacolin K (IS)
  • Lovastatin (PH: BP 2016, Ph. Eur. 8, USP 38)
  • Lovastatine (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Lovastatinum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
IUPACInternational Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
ISInofficial Synonym
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name
WHOWorld Health Organization

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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