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Suggest the ideal dosage for Lovastatin for heart disease

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Posted on Thu, 7 Apr 2016
Question: Dear Doctor, I have a question:
I am taking lovastatin; by mistake, I started taking 120 mg instead of 80 mg (I have been taking 80 mg for several years); every time I am going back to 80 mg, I feel much worse ( I have a heart disease)
The problem: the maximum recommended dose is 80 mg. Can I keep taking the above recommended dose? Lovastatin is considered to be a weak statin, and my cholesterol numbers are fine.
Thank you!
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Answered by Dr. Benard Shehu (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Following advice.

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you for asking!
I read your query and understood your concerns.

The actual recommended dose for lovastatin is 80 mg. However, there's a study which us 120 mg of lovastatin for stabilizing cholesterol levels, but further studys are needed in order to confirm efficacy and safety.

My advice is to avoid exceeding 80 mg and discuss with your doctor to add another peel to relieve your symptoms. Combined therapy is more effective and safety in your case.

Hope this helps!
Wish you health!
Dr. Shehu
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Benard Shehu (13 hours later)
Thank you; may I ask you to email me a link or any other information about this study - Lovastatin 120 mg??

Best regards,
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Answered by Dr. Benard Shehu (32 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Following advice...

Detailed Answer:
Hi back,

The study which used Lovastatin 60 mg to 120 mg is mentioned in a lot of studirs and meta analysis.

You may read about this at the following link: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo.cfm?archiveid=3347

Hope this will be of help!
Dr. Shehu
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest the ideal dosage for Lovastatin for heart disease

Brief Answer: Following advice. Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you for asking! I read your query and understood your concerns. The actual recommended dose for lovastatin is 80 mg. However, there's a study which us 120 mg of lovastatin for stabilizing cholesterol levels, but further studys are needed in order to confirm efficacy and safety. My advice is to avoid exceeding 80 mg and discuss with your doctor to add another peel to relieve your symptoms. Combined therapy is more effective and safety in your case. Hope this helps! Wish you health! Dr. Shehu