What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. You will need to have regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.
Tell your doctor or health care professional as soon as you can if you get any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever and tiredness. Your doctor or health care professional may tell you to stop taking this medicine if you develop muscle problems. If your muscle problems do not go away after stopping this medicine, contact your health care professional.
This medicine contains a cholesterol-lowering agent but is only part of a total cholesterol-lowering program. Your physician or dietitian can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet that will reduce your risk of getting heart and blood vessel disease. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.
Check your blood pressure and pulse rate regularly. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your blood pressure and pulse rate should be and when you should contact him or her.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
You may feel dizzy or lightheaded. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Avoid alcoholic drinks. They can make you more dizzy, increase flushing and rapid heartbeats.
This medicine may cause a decrease in Co-Enzyme Q-10. You should make sure that you get enough Co-Enzyme Q-10 while you are taking this medicine. Discuss the foods you eat and the vitamins you take with your health care professional.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
difficulty with swallowing
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
tightness in the chest
unusual tiredness or weakness
Chest pain or discomfort
dilated neck veins
swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
feeling of warmth
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Body aches or pain
difficulty with moving
lower back or side pain
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
painful or difficult urination
runny or stuffy nose
tender, swollen glands in the neck
acid or sour stomach
bloated or full feeling
difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
general feeling of discomfort or illness
lack or loss of strength
loss of appetite
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
burning feeling in the chest or stomach
burning while urinating
change in near or distance vision
change in taste
change in the color of the skin
cold and clammy skin
cracked, dry, scaly skin
difficulty in focusing eyes
dryness of the eyes
excessive muscle tone
hair loss or thinning of the hair
increased volume of pale, dilute urine
lack of feeling or emotion
loss of memory
muscle tension or tightness
problems with memory
severe and throbbing headache
shakiness and unsteady walk
tenderness in the stomach area
transient, mild, or pleasant aromatic odor
trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.