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What is Mevacor?
Chemical Name: Lovastatin (LOE-va-sta-tin)
For those wondering what is Mevacor, Mevacor is a drug used with diet changes (restriction of cholesterol and fat intake) to reduce the amount of cholesterol and certain fatty substances in the blood.
Mevacor generic form is available at Canada Pharmacy. You can get Mevacor delivered right to your doorstep at the best price.
Mevacor is supplied as 20 mg and 40 mg tablets. The 20 mg tablet contains lovastatin 20 mg while the 40 mg tablet contains lovastatin 40 mg as an active ingredient.
Along with the active ingredient lovastatin, each tablet contains many inactive ingredients which include cellulose, lactose, magnesium stearate, and starch.
This medication usually takes about 2 to 6 weeks to have a significant effect on the cholesterol levels in your blood. After this time, your doctor will likely send you for a blood test to check for changes in your cholesterol levels.
Mevacor is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. The usual recommended starting dose is 20 mg once a day given with the evening meal. The dosage may change over time according to your condition.
Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use and also let your doctor know your medical history. Do not take Mevacor if you are pregnant. Stop taking the medicine and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Mevacor can harm a fetus or cause birth defects.
Use effective birth control to avoid pregnancy while you are taking Mevacor. This medicine may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby; hence, breastfeeding while taking Mevacor is not recommended.
Side effects that may occur while taking this medication include:
- Muscle pain
- Tenderness or weakness
- Lack of energy or fever
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Joint pain
- Back pain
- Stomach pain
- Memory problems
- Weight gain
- Urinating less than usual or not at all
- Stomach upset
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
If any of these situations worsen or persist, contact your physician immediately. Seek immediate medical help if a serious allergic reaction occurs that may include rash, itching, or swelling.
Product Code: 1648
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.