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Joint pain is a rare side effect of Mevacor. If you are taking Mevacor and joint pain becomes a problem, there are many at-home remedies that you can try to help alleviate the pain. These remedies include pain relief medicines, moist heat, dry heat, and cold packs.

Does Mevacor Cause Joint Pain?

Joint pain is a rare but possible side effect of Mevacor® (lovastatin). In clinical studies, up to 0.5 to 1 percent of people taking Mevacor reported joint pain, although the exact percentage was not reported. It is important to note that joint pain did not occur significantly more frequently in people taking Mevacor compared to people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients).

Joint Pain With Mevacor: Suggestions

If you are taking Mevacor and joint pain becomes a problem, there are some things that you can try. These short-term relief suggestions include medications and heat/cold remedies.
People who experience joint pain with Mevacor often benefit from using over-the-counter pain relief medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®).
Heat/Cold Remedies
Moist heat (such as a warm bath or shower) or dry heat (such as a heating pad) placed on the painful area of the joint for about 15 minutes may relieve joint pain. In some cases, cold packs (a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel) can relieve pain or numb the sore area. If you have poor circulation, do not use cold packs. Water therapy in a heated pool or whirlpool may also relieve joint pain and stiffness.
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