Mevacor is prescribed along with a proper diet and nutrition plan to help lower cholesterol in people suffering from hypercholesterolemia.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Mevacor for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Mevacor
The ideal way to use Mevacor is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Mevacor may be taken with a meal to avoid stomach problems.
Preferably, Mevacor should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
Avoid taking grapefruit and all its components while using Mevacor.
You must not stop taking Mevacor without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Mevacor to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Mevacor between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Mevacor in the bathroom.
Although there are no reported cases of a Mevacor overdose, you must contact your doctor immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor before using Mevacor if you have conditions like hypothyroidism, diabetes, nephrotic syndrome, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Mevacor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure).
Mevacor should not be combined with drugs grapefruit or grapefruit juice as the combination can suddenly increase the level of the drug in your blood to dangerous levels.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Mevacor as Mevacor may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Mevacor is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including liver function tests and blood cholesterol levels while taking Mevacor. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.