• Hyperlipoproteinemias

Altoprev Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Lovastatin 20mg, 40mg, 60mg; ext-rel tabs.

Pharmacological Class

HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor.

How Supplied


Generic Availability


Altoprev Indications


To reduce risk of MI, unstable angina, and coronary revascularization procedures in patients without coronary heart disease (CHD), but at high risk. To slow progression of coronary atherosclerosis in patients with CHD by lowering total-C and LDL-C. Adjunct to diet in primary hypercholesterolemia and mixed dyslipidemias (Types IIa and IIb) to lower elevated total-C, LDL-C, apo B, and TG, and to increase HDL-C, when response to nondrug therapy alone is inadequate. Limitations of use: not studied in Fredrickson Types I, III, and V dyslipidemias.

Altoprev Dosage and Administration


≥20yrs: 20–60mg once daily at bedtime. Elderly (≥65yrs): initially 20mg once daily at bedtime. Concomitant danazol, diltiazem, dronedarone, verapamil: max 20mg/day. Concomitant amiodarone: max 40mg/day. Severe renal impairment (CrCl<30mL/min): usual max 20mg/day.


<20yrs: not recommended.

Altoprev Contraindications


Active liver disease. Unexplained persistent elevated hepatic transaminase levels. Pregnancy. Nursing mothers. Concomitant strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (eg, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole, HIV protease inhibitors, boceprevir, telaprevir, clarithromycin, telithromycin, nefazodone), erythromycin.

Altoprev Boxed Warnings

Not Applicable

Altoprev Warnings/Precautions


Discontinue if myopathy suspected or elevated CPK levels occur; suspend if a predisposition to development of renal failure secondary to rhabdomyolysis develops. Immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy; monitor. Monitor liver function before starting therapy and repeat as clinically indicated. Interrupt therapy if serious hepatic injury and/or hyperbilirubinemia, or jaundice occurs; do not restart if alternate etiology is not found. History of liver disease. Alcoholism. Advise females of reproductive potential to use effective contraception during treatment.

Altoprev Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Altoprev Interactions


See Contraindications. Increased risk of myopathy with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors. Avoid gemfibrozil, cyclosporine, grapefruit juice >1 quart daily. Caution with other fibrates, niacin (≥1g/day), colchicine, ranolazine (lovastatin dose adjustment may be needed). Monitor with oral anticoagulants. Caution with drugs that may decrease levels or activity of endogenous steroid hormones (eg, spironolactone, cimetidine).

Altoprev Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Infection, headache, accidental injury, flu syndrome, pain, asthenia, arthralgia, myalgia, diarrhea, dizziness, sinusitis, urinary tract infection; elevated serum transaminases, myopathy, rhabdomyolysis with renal dysfunction, increases in HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels.

Altoprev Clinical Trials

See Literature

Altoprev Note

Not Applicable

Altoprev Patient Counseling

See Literature