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Lovastatin (mevinolin, Mevacor), mechanism of action, therapeutic uses and side effects

Lovastatin is effective in treating plasma LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol.

Mechanism Of Action:
Lovastatin competitively inhibits HMG coenzyme A reductase, a rate-limiting step in cholesterol synthesis. Reduce cholesterol synthesis results in a compensatory increase in uptake of plasma cholesterol mediated by an increase in the number of LDL receptors. therefore LDL level in plasma reduces.

Therapeutic Uses:
Lovastatin reduces cholesterol levels in familial and non-familial hypercholesterolemias.
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Adverse effects:
Myositis, rhabdomyolysis, anxiety, irritability, hepatotoxicity, and elevation in aminotransferases.

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