Mevacor contains active component Lovastatin, HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. It is used to treat high cholesterol. It lowers bad cholesterol in the body. It has been manufactured by a leading pharmaceutical company, Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited. It is composed as a conventional tablet form in a dosage of 20 mg.
Manufacturer: Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited
Active Ingredient: Lovastatin is an active ingredient contained in this medicine. This active agent has cholesterol-lowering and potential antineoplastic activities. This agent actively inhibits 3-hydroxyl-3-methylgutarylcoenzyme A reductase, an enzyme involved in cholesterol biosynthesis. It may induce tumor cell apoptosis and inhibit tumor cell invasiveness by inhibiting protein farnesylation and protein geranylgeranylation. This medication may arrest cells in the G1 phase of the cell cycle that shows effect sensitizes tumor cells to the cytotoxic effects of ionizing radiation.
Indications: This mentioned medication is used to treat high cholesterol levels in the body. This medication shall be taken along with a proper diet. Mevacor helps lower bad cholesterol and fats like LDL, triglycerides. It raises good cholesterol in the blood. This medicine belongs to a group of drugs called statins. It reduces the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver. Reducing excessive bad cholesterol and triglycerides as well as raising good cholesterol lowers the risk of heart disease. It helps prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Action Mechanism: Given medication belongs to a group of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. It is also called statins. This type of drugs work in a similar way and often used to treat similar conditions. Mevacor works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body.
Dosages: This popular brand medicine is available in a dosage as given below:
- 20 mg: It is to be given once a day with an evening meal as exactly prescribed by the doctor
Note: This drug is indicated in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. It is not advisable for children below 10 years old.