What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.
Tell your doctor or health care professional right away 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 drug is only part of a total heart-health program. Your doctor or a dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to help. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule.
Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Serious side effects to an unborn child or to an infant are possible. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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.
If you are going to have surgery tell your health care professional that you are taking this drug.
Some drugs may increase the risk of side effects from lovastatin. If you are given certain antibiotics or antifungals, your doctor or health care professional may stop lovastatin for a short time. Check with your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
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:
bloody or cloudy urine
difficult, burning, or painful urination
difficulty with moving
frequent urge to urinate
joint pain or swelling
lower back or side pain
muscle ache, cramp, spasm, or stiffness
muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
stuffy or runny nose
trouble with breathing
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
general tiredness and weakness
loss of appetite
pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
upper right abdominal pain
yellow eyes or skin
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:
bloated or full feeling
difficulty having a bowel movement
excess air or gas in the stomach or bowels
lack or loss of strength
stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
Incidence not known
Burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles" , or tingling feelings
change in taste
changes to the hair or nails
decreased interest in sexual intercourse
discoloration or dryness of the skin or mucous membrane
false sense of well-being
fear or nervousness
feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
inability to have or keep an erection
loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
loss of libido
partial or slight paralysis of the face
sensation of spinning
swelling of the breasts or breast soreness in both females and males
unsteadiness or awkwardness
weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
white area over the eye
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.