The primary uses for Mevacor are focused on the treatment of high triglycerides and high cholesterol. The drug can also be used to decrease the chances of developing heart disease in people who don't have existing coronary heart disease but do have high cholesterol. Mevacor has been approved to treat high cholesterol in both adults and children ages 10 to 17.
Mevacor® (lovastatin) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. These Mevacor uses include:
- Slowing down the progression of atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the arteries) in people with heart disease.
High Cholesterol Treatment
Mevacor is used for treating high cholesterol in people who cannot lower cholesterol through lifestyle changes alone. This drug can lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad cholesterol"), as well as increase HDL ("good cholesterol"). It has also been shown to lower triglyceride levels in the blood.
Prevention of Heart Disease
Mevacor is also used to decrease the chances of developing heart disease in people without existing coronary heart disease but who have high cholesterol. In this group, Mevacor has been shown to decrease the chances of:
- A heart attack
- Unstable angina (a type of chest pain that can be a warning sign of a heart attack)
- Needing a heart procedure, such as angioplasty or open heart surgery (known medically as coronary artery bypass graft surgery, or CABG).
It has also been shown to decrease the rate at which atherosclerosis develops in those with existing heart disease.