|Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Mevacor. The interaction could lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit and grapefruit juice with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
Mevacor should be taken with meals.
Take each dose of Mevacor with a full glass of water.
Your doctor may want to monitor your liver function with blood tests before starting treatment with Mevacor, at six and twelve weeks after both the start of your treatment and any increase in dose, and periodically (every 6 months) thereafter. Depending on the results of these tests, your doctor can determine how much monitoring you will require
Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. To see beneficial effects from Mevacor, avoid fatty, high-cholesterol foods.
If you miss a Mevacor dose
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time.
The recommended starting dose of Mevacor is 20 milligrams once a day, taken with the evening meal. The maximum recommended dose of Mevacor is 80 milligrams per day, taken as a single dose or divided into smaller doses, as determined by your doctor. Adjustments to any dose, as determined by your doctor, should be made at intervals of 4 weeks or more.
If you are taking Lopid, Atromid-S, Tricor or nicotinic acid in combination with Mevacor, your dose of Mevacor should not exceed 20 milligrams per day.
Cholesterol levels should be monitored periodically and consideration should be given to reducing the dosage of Mevacor if cholesterol levels fall below the targeted range.
In patients taking immunosuppressive drugs concomitantly with Mevacor, therapy should begin with 10 mg of Mevacor and should not exceed 20 mg/day.
If you have reduced kidney function, your doctor will be cautious about increasing your dosage of Mevacor.
The safety and effectiveness of Mevacor has not been established in children.
There have been no reported cases of overdose with Mevacor. However, if you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
Mevacor Storage instructions
Protect Mevacor from light. Store at room temperature. Keep container tightly closed.
Tablets: 10mg, 20mg