Average Rating: 1.6 (113 Ratings)

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 1  high cholesterol along w/diabetes Horrible pains in every joint, severe charley horses, numbness in feet, memory loss,severe fatigue, tingling in hands and feet, difficulty walking,heart failure, chest pains, dizziness, pancreatitis, and depression. This is NOT a drug. It is a POISON. DO NOT LET YOUR DOCTOR BROWBEAT YOU INTO TAKING THIS POISON. I switched to fish oil and niacin. That will help and it will not kill you or destroy your quality of life. E-mail me if you want to know more. I am a retired pharmacist so I know what I am talking about. M 71 30 days
20mg 1X D
 2  High cholesterol/LDL I take lovastatin every other day. My side effects: nausea, insomnia, lightheadedness, ankle pain, headaches, heart palpitations. Coughing and facial pain, getting worse. Dry eyes and hayfever-like symptoms ( I never had allergies). Took this med before and it didn't lower my cholesterol much. Thought I'd give it another try but I'll probably won't continue much longer. Tried other chol. meds, e.g. Crestor, Lipitor, Pravachol, Zetia. All had bad side effects for me. All statins have the same side effects, but Lovastatin is probably the mildest of them. F 59 2 months
20 1X D
 1  high cholesterol 230 to 278 Severe joint pain in wrists, hands, ankles, left toe pain,knees, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, digestive issues Over 5 years this drug did not move my cholesterol levels much at all...just a 20 point swing either way on each appt. Even after the dosage went up to 40 mg from 10 mg. I developed the toe pain right away and the joint pain gradually but never put it together with this drug...I got diagnosed with reactive arthritis after 2 years and went on humira which calmed things but when Dr raised my dosage of lovastatin to 40 mg the joint pains came back...that's when I discovered that statin drugs have many side effects...I have a good diet and plan on doing all I can NATURALLY to get my body back! F 45 5 years
10 to 40 m
 4  High cholesterol Well I've been takeing this for around day 10 years. Though lately about 6 months now I have been experinvented severe joint pain from the time I wake till I go to bed. I didn't relief that all my problems we're from takeing this drug I have so many side effects that I wouldn't have known was from this pill if I hadn't read all these reviews. I'm gonna slow takes myself off them. I'm only 50 and feel like I'm 90.body hurts all over all the time ,weight gain ,sleepiness it's horse I want my life back. F 50 1 days
40 mg
 1  High cholesterol Extreme tingling sensation in my feet, fatigue, stumbling, dizzines, deep depression, anxiety, shortness of breath etc etc F 56 4 weeks
 1  high cholesterol Burning sensation top of left toe and both legs at different times, very painful muscle soreness, stiffness in neck, numbness in jaw area and right side of face, tingling throughout my body F 40 2 months
40 Mg
 1  borderline high cholesterol severe right arm and upper back. muscle spasms tingling of fingers tiredness forgetfulness leg cramps chest. tihgtnest. stopped taking. this. med. opting. for. exercise. and better. diet F 67 1 weeks
 1  High Cholestol (high LDL) Update from first Rating of this Medicine dated: 9/30/2013. I was taking Lovastatin which is same as Mevacor. Would like to update readers for their own use: 1. Stated on 9/30/2012 that I did not feel any relief after 5 days of stopping the medicine. 2. On the 7th day I had more energy and was feeling better, as in having my usual alertness and energy back, not so tired. 3. By the second week, my legs were feeling better, I would say that was about 12 days after stop taking the Lovastatin. Today, 10/22/2013, my lower body feels normal except for muscles getting a bit heavy or feeling like they have been exercised too much from doing a regular walk, but besides that I think they will improve to normal in about another 2 weeks. However, my shoulders, neck, elbow, fingers and wrists still feel the side effects (burning muscles in my shoulder blades, stiff/sore neck at times (but is improving), weakness in fingers - but improving, same with the wrists and elbows. My upper arm m My doctor has told me to quit taking this medicine on 9/26/2013 and prescribed Simvastatin, 10 mg. I looked this medicine up on-line and it has the same side effects, so I'm not taking it. Right now, I'm not taking any medicine and using diet - ground flax seed, mediterranean diet, orange juice, broccoli, fish, skinless boneless chicken, no fried foods, whole wheat and whole grains, no processed foods of any kind, no doughnuts, muffins, etc., to try and see if my LDL will be able to be manageable that way. Iím also looking into Bile Acid Resins and Fibrates and/or Beta-Sitosterol, both seem to be a better option. I have asked for an NMR LipoProfile Test (also known as a Particle Test) from my doctor. Everyone should have this test done to see if you have small sticky LDL or big fluffy LDL (the big fluffy ones are what you want), see . Have not heard back from my Doctor about the test yet. F 49 0 days
20 mg 1X D
 3  high cholesterol (240) Compared to other statins, the side effects were not as bad, but still had anxiety, muscle pain, tingling in hands and feet. Also noticed weight gain (10 pounds) and bloating. F 55 6 months
10 mg 3X W
 1  high cholesterol SEVERE DEPRESSION, anxiety, insomnia, suicidal thoughts. This medication almost ruined my life before I realized it was causing these terrible side effects Please be very careful if this is prescribed for you. F 61 30 days
40 mg 1X D
 1  High cholesterol Extreme fatigue, hard to digest food, diarrehea, achy muscles. Thought I was coming down with a cold but it's the Lovastatin. I feel so tired and have no motivation to do anything but sleep. F 51 14 days
20 mg 1X D
 1  Total Cholesterol 301 I have been on lovastatin for 2 months. I have low back issues but when it flares up, only my right leg hurts and this pain is different and in both of my legs equally, not just my right leg. It is a diffuse leg pain/can not pin point the areas but feels deep, almost like the pain is coming from the bones or something. It is worse in the mornings...I would describe it as a deep, achy feeling in my muscles and bones with no definite origin. The pain also occurs in my buttocks, more so on my right side for the gluteal pain but equal in each leg as far as the diffuse pain I experience. It is more prominent in my lower legs, calves and shins than in my thighs. F 52
20 1X D

 1  high cholesterol Severe memory loss, very sore and stiff hip bones/muscles and muscle weakness, exhaustion/lethargy I am so happy I saw this site. I have been so worried about my memory and chalked it down to early dementia. I am 43 and shouldnt feel the way I do. I am stopping immediately. I will exercise and become a vegetarian. I have been thinking my life was over and so upset over it. I am a single dad of two adopted boys and have worried myself sick. I couldnt remember simple words. This isnt worth it. And the tiredness. all I want to do is crazy hours of sleep 12-15 hours a day. This stuff is poison. Will report back after stopping M 43 2 years
10mg 1X D
 1  very high cholesterol I took lovastatin 20mg/d for 3 years with no side effects. Dosage was upped to 40mg and I began to decline. Joint and muscle pain. muscle spasms. Memory loss. I now feel like I am 80 years old. Stopped drug 5 days ago. Doctors reaction is incredible. No matter what you say they tell you to keep taking this drug. I will check back in in a couple of months to see if symptoms clear. Lovastatin reduced my cholesterol, but long term users beware. Side effects snuck up on me. M 45 5 years
40 mg/day 1X D
 1  high cholesterol Severe leg pain when walking, doing transfers, headache, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, fatigue. Had been taking Lipitor for years without problems. Had to change because of $. Decreased to 10 mg without success. Stopped it altogether yesterday. F 68 45 days
20 1X D
 1  High cholesterol Sore neck and back, heart racing, left leg/left arm numb, light headed - in a fog all day, dizziness - feel like going to faint, cant concentrate, trouble forming words to speak, abnormal tiredness Admission: poor diet and do not exercise...think its about time to quit the meds and start eating and working more mountain 5/29/2011 going to stop meds....will report back on progress M 36 2 months
10 mg 1X D
 1  High cholesterol/triglicerides I started having shortness of breath about the same time as I started Lovastatin..thought it was just the weather but the problem has persisted to the point where I was having chest wall pain along with it. Had an EKG and Echocardiogram both of which were normal. Just found on the Mayo Clinic Website that SOB is one of the side effects. Will stop the Lovastatin and see if the SOB goes away. Very interesting comments. I have tried other Statins too without success. F 69 3 months
10 mgm 1X D
 3  High cholesterol I've been taking Lovastatin for about 10 years. Had the sore muscle thing, but not severe. I am experiencing tremors (shaky hands, fingers, facial muscles. A "RARE" side effect of Lovastatin is "tremors". I have a friend who has extreme tremors and takes Lovastatin. I want to know if there are many of you out there who have experienced increasing tremors. Thanks. I might be 74, but I'm as active as most 40 year olds, might account for the sore muscles. M 74 10 years
10 Mg 1X D
 1  high chol. 256, LDL 180 at first no side effects, but after 2 weeks SEVERE muscle pain & burning in left shoulder then both shoulders. Couldnt sleep at all, pain felt like a burning sensation, hurt all the time. I had to stop exercising completely as that only aggravated symptoms. after stopping for just 2 days almost all of pain went away, can sleep normally again, now it just feels tender or brused but definitely better. I will NOT go back on, side effects were way to severe. F 46 20 days
10MG 1X D
 1  Risky Cholesterol - 214 I have been experiencing pain in my Rt a rotar cuff injury. Thought I strained it exercising. Neck pain...same thoughts. Dizziness. Then i remembered my Dr. warning me about muscle pains. Came to this This is a second round with statins in 3 years. Last time mental impairment led to 3 custom shirt jobs done wrong in a wk...lost $3k. I think I will talk to my Dr and get off them again.Then, improve my exercise and foods I eat as well as pick back up the red yeast rice, Omegas and CoQ10. A month later, I will get back to using Grapefruit Pectin too. They all helped take me from 240 to 200 last year. then I got busy, lazy, older. I think I am now anti-statin...especially after reading this site. Hope you all get better. M 54 4 days
20 MG 1X D

MEVACOR  (LOVASTATIN):  Lovastatin is used along with a proper diet to help lower "bad" cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. It belongs to a group of drugs known as "statins." It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. Lowering "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides and raising "good" cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)