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Altocor Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Altocor is an extended-release form of the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin. Altocor is prescribed to slow the clogging process in people who already have heart disease.

Altocor Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 20 to 60 milligrams, and you should be taken once a day at bedtime.
  • If you are taking cyclosporine and Altocor, then the usual starting dose is 10 milligrams.

Uses of Altocor

  • Altocor is used to lowering the cholesterol (a type of fat) in the body.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Altocor

Before taken Altocor medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Altocor. Side effects may include:

  • Back pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Infection
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Sinus inflammation
  • Weakness

Warnings and precautions before taking Altocor :

  • If you have a history of liver disease, then you should be used this medicine with extra caution.
  • If you have surgery or a major illness, then you should not stop taking Altocor without talking with your doctor.
  • After taken this medicine, then you may feel dizzy, or drowsiness. So you should not participate in any activities that require alertness such as driving and operate machinery.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Altocor with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Altocor with the following:

  • Antipyrine
  • Blood-thinning drugs
  • Cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral)
  • Erythromycin
  • Gemfibrozil (Lopid)
  • HIV protease inhibitors such as Agenerase, Norvir, and Viracept
  • Itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral)
  • Spironolactone
  • Verapamil (Calan, Verelan)

There is no specific information available about Altocor overdose. But after taken Altocor if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.

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