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Lovastatin Side Effects

Common Lovastatin Side Effects


The most commonly reported Lovastatin side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Myalgia (85)
Rhabdomyolysis (52)
Asthenia (45)
Arthralgia (42)
Pain In Extremity (38)
Pain (32)
Fatigue (31)
Muscle Spasms (30)
Muscular Weakness (26)
Nausea (24)
Headache (23)
Insomnia (21)
Gait Disturbance (20)
Blood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased (19)
Dizziness (19)
Back Pain (17)
Vomiting (16)
Rash (16)
Abdominal Pain (16)
Oedema Peripheral (16)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Lovastatin Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Lovastatin reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Lovastatin on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Rhabdomyolysis
This is a report of a 91-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lovastatin (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Danazol
  • Fluvastatin
  • Simvastatin
  • Atorvastatin
  • Acetylsalicylic Acid
  • Clopidogrel
  • Metoprolol
  • Lisinopril
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Rhabdomyolysis
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lovastatin treatment in male patients, resulting in rhabdomyolysis side effect.

Muscle Spasms, Weight Decreased, Hypotonia, Abdominal Pain Upper, Diarrhoea
This report suggests a potential Lovastatin Muscle Spasms, Weight Decreased, Hypotonia, Abdominal Pain Upper, Diarrhoea side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased and used Lovastatin (dosage: NA) starting Sep 25, 2013. Soon after starting Lovastatin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Weight Decreased
  • Hypotonia
  • Abdominal Pain Upper
  • Diarrhoea
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lovastatin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as muscle spasms, may still occur.

Asthenia
This Asthenia problem was reported by a health professional from US. A 56-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On 201306 this consumer started treatment with Lovastatin (dosage: 10 Mg, Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Lisinopril (5 Mg, Unk)
  • Copaxone (Unk)
  • Ampyra (10 Mg, Bid)
  • Gilenya (0.5 Mg, Unk)
  • Trospium Chloride (20 Mg, Unk)
  • Magnesium (200 Mg, Unk)
  • Fish Oil (1000 Mg, Unk)
  • Vitamin B12 (250 ?g, Unk)
When commencing Lovastatin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Asthenia
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as asthenia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Influenza Like Illness
This is a report of a 39-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: blood pressure and was treated with Lovastatin (dosage: Taken By Mouth) starting Nov 20, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Influenza Like Illness
This opens a possibility that Lovastatin treatment could cause the above reactions, including influenza like illness, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.


Dizziness
A 69-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: hypertension started Lovastatin treatment (dosage: 1 Pill) on NS. Soon after starting Lovastatin treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Dizziness
Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Lovastatin.

Respiratory Failure, Depression, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
A 57-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) experienced symptoms, such as: NA and was treated with Lovastatin(dosage: NA). The treatment was initiated on NS. After that a consumer reported the following side effect(s):
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Depression
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Concurrently used drugs, which potentially could have contributed to side effect(s) or affected Lovastatin efficacy: NA.The patient was hospitalized.

Agitation, Delirium, Metabolic Encephalopathy
In this report, Lovastatin was administered for the following condition: hypercholesterolaemia.A 81-year-old male consumer from US (weight: NA) started Lovastatin treatment (dosage: 1 Pill Qhs/bedtime Oral) on NS.Sometime after starting the treatment, the patient complained of the following side effect(s):
  • Agitation
  • Delirium
  • Metabolic Encephalopathy
A possible interaction with other drugs could have contributed to this reaction: NA.Establishing a causal relationship between a specific drug and consumer's side effects is complex, but it is possible that in this report Lovastatin treatment could be related to the listed above side effect(s).

Atypical Pneumonia, Hepatic Mass, Abdominal Distension, Abdominal Pain Upper, Myalgia
This is a report of the following Lovastatin Tablets Usp 40 Mg side effect(s):
  • Atypical Pneumonia
  • Hepatic Mass
  • Abdominal Distension
  • Abdominal Pain Upper
  • Myalgia
A 75-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following condition: hyperlipidaemia,blood cholesterol increased,hypertension and received a treatment with Lovastatin Tablets Usp 40 Mg (dosage: NA) starting: 2008.The following concurrently used drugs could have generated interactions:
  • Lovastatin Tablets Usp 20 Mg
  • Lisinopril
  • Diltiazem
  • Glyburide
  • Metformin
  • Hydroxyzine
  • Spiriva
  • Pro Air
This report suggests that a Lovastatin Tablets Usp 40 Mg treatment could be associated with the listed above side effect(s).

Hepatic Cyst, Back Pain, Flank Pain
This Lovastatin report was submitted by a female consumer from US (weight: NA). The patient was diagnosed with: blood cholesterol increased and Lovastatin was administered (dosage: NA) starting: 2008. The consumer developed a set of symptoms:
  • Hepatic Cyst
  • Back Pain
  • Flank Pain
Other drugs used simultaneously:
  • Metformin
  • Glyburide
Those unexpected symptoms could be linked to a Lovastatin treatment, however establishing a potential drug-safety problem requires a more detailed clinical analysis.

Arthritis, Nervous System Neoplasm, Muscle Disorder, Myalgia, Unevaluable Event
This is a report of a possible correlation between Lovastatin use and the following symptoms/side effect(s):
  • Arthritis
  • Nervous System Neoplasm
  • Muscle Disorder
  • Myalgia
  • Unevaluable Event
which could contribute to an assessment of Lovastatin risk profile.A 53-year-old female consumer from US (weight: NA) was suffering from NA and was treated with Lovastatin (dosage: NA) starting NS.Other concurrent medications: NA.

Pain In Extremity, Arthralgia, Pelvic Pain, Muscular Weakness
A 89-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA) presented with the following symptoms: blood cholesterol increased and after a treatment with Lovastatin (dosage: Half Tablet At Bedtime Taken By Mouth) experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Pain In Extremity
  • Arthralgia
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Muscular Weakness
The treatment was started on NS. Lovastatin was used in combination with the following drugs: NA.This report could alert potential Lovastatin consumers.

Rhabdomyolysis
In this report, a 51-year-old male patient from US (weight: NA) was affected by a possible Lovastatin side effect.The patient was diagnosed with hyperlipidaemia. After a treatment with Lovastatin (dosage: NA, start date: Sep 25, 2012), the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Rhabdomyolysis
The following simultaneously used drugs could have led to this reaction: NA.The patient was hospitalized.The findings here stress that side effects should be taken into consideration when evaluating a Lovastatin treatment.

Product Odour Abnormal
This is a report of a 62-year-old female patient from US (weight: NA), who used Lovastatin (dosage: NA) for a treatment of blood cholesterol increased. After starting a treatment on NS, the patient experienced the following side effect(s):
  • Product Odour Abnormal
The following drugs could possibly have interacted with the Lovastatin treatment NA.Taken together, these observations suggest that a Lovastatin treatment could be related to side effect(s), such as Product Odour Abnormal.

Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Suicidal Ideation, Feeling Abnormal, Tremor, Feeling Jittery
This depression side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 61-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased. The patient was prescribed Lovastatin (dosage: 1 Once Daily Taken By Mouth), which was started on Jun 07, 2013. Concurrently used drugs: NA. When starting to take Lovastatin the consumer reported the following symptoms:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Feeling Abnormal
  • Tremor
  • Feeling Jittery
These side effects may potentially be related to Lovastatin.

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, Myalgia, Liver Disorder
This is a Lovastatin side effect report of a 74-year-old male patient (weight:NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Lovastatin (dosage:Cut One 40 Mg Pill In Half Once A Day Taken By Mouth, start time: 2011), combined with:
  • Lisinopril
  • Amlodpine Besylate
  • Allopurinol
  • Fish Oil Omega 3
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin For Older People
, and developed a serious reaction and a type 1 diabetes mellitus side effect. The patient presented with:
  • Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
  • Myalgia
  • Liver Disorder
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This side effect report can indicate a possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lovastatin treatment in male patients suffering from NA, resulting in type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Gynaecomastia, Emotional Disorder, Mental Disorder
This report suggests a potential Lovastatin gynaecomastia side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 62-year-old male patient from US (weight:NA) was diagnosed with the following health condition(s): blood cholesterol and used Lovastatin (dosage: 1 Tablet) starting Sep 01, 1999. Soon after starting Lovastatin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Gynaecomastia
  • Emotional Disorder
  • Mental Disorder
Drugs used concurrently:NA. Although Lovastatin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as gynaecomastia, may still occur.

Coeliac Disease
This coeliac disease problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 47-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following medical condition(s): blood cholesterol increased.On 2011 a consumer started treatment with Lovastatin (dosage: NA). The following drugs/medications were being taken at the same time:
  • Losartan (losartan)
  • Desvenlafaxine (pristiq)
  • Topiramate (topamax)
  • Singulair
  • Cetirizine (zyrtec)
  • Fexofenadine (allegra)
  • Ranitidine
When commencing Lovastatin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms /side effects:
  • Coeliac Disease
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry potential side effect risks. Some side effects, such as coeliac disease, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Gastric Disorder, Arthralgia, Headache
This is a Lovastatin side effect report of a 72-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased and was treated with Lovastatin (dosage: Unk) starting 201205. Concurrently used drugs: NA. Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following of symptoms:
  • Gastric Disorder
  • Arthralgia
  • Headache
This opens a possibility that Lovastatin could cause gastric disorder and that some female patients may be more susceptible.

Urticaria, Angioedema
A 53-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms: NA started Lovastatin treatment (dosage: 20 Mg Daily Po?2/11 - 4/17/13) on NS. Soon after starting Lovastatin treatment, the consumer experienced several side effects, including:
  • Urticaria
  • Angioedema
. Concurrently used drugs: NA. This finding indicates that some patients can be more vulnerable to developing Lovastatin side effects, such as urticaria.

Crohn^s Disease, Rash
This crohn^s disease side effect was reported by a physician from US. A 55-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Lovastatin (dosage: NA), which was started on 2009. Concurrently used drugs: NA..When starting to take Lovastatin the consumer reported symptoms, such as:
  • Crohn^s Disease
  • Rash
These side effects may potentially be related to Lovastatin.

Abdominal Pain, Gastrointestinal Inflammation, Intestinal Ulcer, Large Intestinal Ulcer, Eye Swelling
This is a report of a 55-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased, who was treated with Lovastatin (dosage: 10 Mg Tab 1 Every Day, start time: Feb 12, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Gastrointestinal Inflammation
  • Intestinal Ulcer
  • Large Intestinal Ulcer
  • Eye Swelling
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Lovastatin treatment in female patients, resulting in abdominal pain side effect.

Asthenia, Arthralgia, Myalgia, Fall, Pain In Extremity
This report suggests a potential Lovastatin Asthenia, Arthralgia, Myalgia, Fall, Pain In Extremity side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 67-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased and used Lovastatin (dosage: 40mg One Per Day Po) starting Dec 01, 2011. Soon after starting Lovastatin the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Asthenia
  • Arthralgia
  • Myalgia
  • Fall
  • Pain In Extremity
Drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Lovastatin demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as asthenia, may still occur.

Retinal Tear, Vitreous Floaters
This Retinal Tear, Vitreous Floaters problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 67-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: blood cholesterol increased. On Dec 01, 2011 this consumer started treatment with Lovastatin (dosage: 40mg One Per Day Po). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When commencing Lovastatin, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Retinal Tear
  • Vitreous Floaters
Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as retinal tear, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Musculoskeletal Pain, Asthenia
This is a report of a 82-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: cholesterol high and was treated with Lovastatin (dosage: One At Night One A Day Oral) starting Feb 08, 2012. Concurrently used drugs: NA.Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Asthenia
This opens a possibility that Lovastatin treatment could cause the above reactions, including musculoskeletal pain, and some male subjects may be more susceptible.

Eye Disorder, Excessive Eye Blinking, Lacrimal Disorder
A 60-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from US with the following symptoms/conditions: NA started Lovastatin treatment (dosage: NA) on Jan 01, 2002. Soon after starting Lovastatin treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Eye Disorder
  • Excessive Eye Blinking
  • Lacrimal Disorder
Concurrently used drugs:
  • Risperdal
This finding indicates that some male patients could be more vulnerable to Lovastatin.

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Top 10 Lovastatin Side Effects for Women

Women Side EffectsReports
Myalgia 44
Pain In Extremity 30
Asthenia 26
Arthralgia 25
Muscle Spasms 20
Nausea 20
Fatigue 19
Pain 19
Rhabdomyolysis 19
Headache 17

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    Lovastatin Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0093-0576
    TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG
    Proprietary NameLovastatin
    NameLovastatin
    Dosage FormTABLET
    RouteORAL
    On market since20011217
    LabelerTeva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc
    Active Ingredient(s)LOVASTATIN
    Strength(s)20
    Unit(s)mg/1
    Pharma ClassHMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor [EPC],Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors [MoA]

    Lovastatin Dosage, Warnings, Usage.

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 582

    Lovastatin safety alerts: 2013

    Reported deaths: 21

    Reported hospitalizations: 171

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