Mevacor is used along with a balanced diet to lower cholesterol levels in people suffering from primary hypercholesterolemia. It may also be used to lower the risk of heart attack.
Use exactly as prescribed and directed by your doctor. However, you may take it with meals to avoid an upset stomach. Avoid taking Grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
You should try and take your doses on time taking care not to miss any. But if you do miss a dose, then skip it and continue with your regular dose. But do not take a double dose.
Store it at room temperature and protect it from light and moisture.
There have hardly been any reported cases of a Mevacor overdose. But if you do suspect an overdose, then seek medical attention immediately.
If you are undergoing treatment for conditions like hypothyroidism, diabetes, nephrotic syndrome, then it is recommended that you take the drug with caution.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects are rare. Minor side effects include constipation, diarrhea, gas, heartburn, headache, insomnia. Major side effects include abdominal pain or cramps, blurred vision, dizziness, itching, muscle pain or cramps, rash, yellowing of the skin or eyes.
For best results, this medicine should be used along with exercise, a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet, and a weight loss program if you are overweight. Follow the dietary plan provided by your doctor. Do not share this medicine with others for whom it was not prescribed. Do not use this medicine for other health conditions. Keep this medicine out of the reach of children and pets. If using this medicine for an extended period of time, obtain refills before your supply runs out.
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