Altoprev (Lovastatin)

Altoprev is a medicine commonly known to the medical community as Lovastatin. Altoprev is used in conjunction with a healthy diet change, exercise, and healthy habits to lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol is a substance that is fatty that can cause blockage in the blood stream. Altoprev is a classification of medication called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. It slows down the production of cholesterol made by the body. With too much cholesterol in the blood stream that causes blockage your brain and heart and lungs cannot receive enough nutrients that they need from your blood. This can increase your risk of heart attack or stroke. Your doctor will give you more specific instructions about what you need to change in your diet for this medication to be most effective.


Altoprev should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor or as your prescription bottle says. Altoprev does not cure high cholesterol it just treats the symptoms and can help you control it. Take Altoprev even if you feel like you do not need to. Your doctor may start you on a low dose and gradually increase it so that your doctor can get the best dosage for your situation. Talk to your doctor before stopping Altoprev.

Before you take Altoprev be sure to tell your doctor if you are allergic to Lovastatin. Also notify your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or going to become pregnant. Tell your doctor about any other conditions you suffer from as these conditions my react adversely to Altoprev. Altoprev may cause some side effects. Most side effects are not serious but if they are severe or do not go away call your doctor. Side effects include:

  • Constipation

If you experience the following side effects call your doctor immediately because they are serious:

  • muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
  • lack of energy
  • fever
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • nausea
  • extreme tiredness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • loss of appetite
  • flu-like symptoms
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness

Altoprev may have similar side effects to Crestor. Some Crestor side effects include:

  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • dizziness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • depression
  • joint pain
  • cough

Be careful not to overdose on Altoprev. If you do call your local poison control center or 911.