Lovastatin is broken down by the body and changed into an active metabolite that interrupts the body's natural production of cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme that cells use to make cholesterol. This helps prevent cholesterol and other fatty substances from building up on artery walls, which eventually can narrow the blood vessel walls and cause heart disease. Taking lovastatin is intended to reduce the risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and angina.
- Q What happens if I miss a dose of lovastatin?
- Q Does lovastatin cure high blood levels of cholesterol?
- Q How do the two versions of lovastatin differ?
- Q Who should not take lovastatin?
- Q How should I take lovastatin?
- Q What should I do if I have an accidental overdose of lovastatin?