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Generic Name: Recol Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Recol (lovastatin) used for?

Lovastatin is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. It works by reducing the production of certain fatty substances in the body, including cholesterol.

Recol is commonly used for treatment of lowering high cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart attack and chest pain caused by angina, slowing blood vessel blockage and reducing the need for medical procedures to open blocked heart blood vessels.

It may also be used for other conditions; asks your doctor for more information.

How should I take Recol (lovastatin)?

Take lovastatin by mouth with food. Continue to take lovastatin even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use lovastatin.

How do I store Recol (lovastatin)?

Recol is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Recol in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Recol that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Recol down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Recol (lovastatin)?

Before using this drug, you may notice that:

  • Lovastatin may cause dizziness or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use lovastatin with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Lovastatin may cause liver problems. Rarely, severe and sometimes fatal liver problems have been reported in patients taking “statin” medicines, including lovastatin. Your risk of developing liver problems may be greater if you drink alcohol daily or in large amounts with lovastatin or if you have a history of liver problems. Check with your doctor before drinking alcohol while you are taking lovastatin. Tell your doctor right away if you experience symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine; pale stools; severe or persistent nausea, loss of appetite, or stomach pain; unusual tiredness; yellowing of the skin or eyes).
  • Follow the diet and exercise program given to you by your health care provider.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take lovastatin before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Women who may become pregnant should use effective birth control while taking lovastatin. Check with your doctor if you have questions about using birth control.
  • Do not take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
  • Muscle problems (myopathy) may occur with lovastatin. Report any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness to your doctor right away, especially if you also have a fever or general body discomfort. Tell your doctor if you have muscle problems that persist even after your doctor has told you to stop taking lovastatin.
  • Lovastatin may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Lab tests, including blood cholesterol levels, liver function, and creatine phosphokinase (CPK) blood levels, may be performed while you use lovastatin. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use lovastatin with caution in the elderly; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially serious muscle problems.
  • Lovastatin should be used with extreme caution in children younger than 10 years old and in those who have not reached puberty; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?


Do not use lovastatin if you are pregnant. It may cause harm to the fetus. Avoid becoming pregnant while you are taking it. If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor right away.


It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breastfeed while you are taking lovastatin.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Recol (lovastatin)?

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:

  • Constipation

Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Unusual hoarseness
  • Burning, numbness, or tingling
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Decreased urination
  • Fever, chills, or persistent sore throat
  • Memory problems
  • Mental or mood changes (e.g., depression)
  • Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (with or without fever or fatigue)
  • Red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin
  • Severe stomach or back pain (with or without nausea or vomiting)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dark urine
  • Pale stools
  • Severe or persistent nausea, loss of appetite, or stomach pain
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Tremor
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Recol (lovastatin)?

Recol may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, including:

  • Amiodarone
  • Azole antifungals (e.g., fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole)
  • Boceprevir
  • Cobicistat
  • Colchicine
  • Cyclosporine
  • Danazol
  • Diltiazem
  • Dronedarone
  • Fibrates (e.g., gemfibrozil, fenofibrate)
  • HIV protease inhibitors (e.g., ritonavir)
  • Macrolide antibiotics (e.g., clarithromycin, erythromycin)
  • Nefazodone
  • Niacin
  • Ranolazine
  • Telaprevir
  • Telithromycin
  • Verapamil
  • Anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin)
  • Cimetidine
  • Spironolactone

Does food or alcohol interact with Recol (lovastatin)?

Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice may increase the amount of lovastatin in your blood, which may increase your risk for serious side effects. The risk may be greater with large amounts of grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Avoid large amounts of grapefruit or grapefruit juice (e.g., more than one quart daily). Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about including grapefruit or grapefruit juice in your diet while you are taking lovastatin.

What health conditions may interact with Recol (lovastatin)?

Recol may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Recol (lovastatin)

What is the dose of Recol (lovastatin) for an adult?

Immediate-release formulation

The initial dose is 20 mg orally once a day with the evening meal.
The maintenance dose is 10 to 80 mg orally once a day or in 1 or 2 divided doses.

Extended-release formulation

The initial dose is 20, 40, or 60 mg orally once a day at bedtime. Patients requiring smaller reductions in cholesterol may start with 10 mg orally at bedtime.
The maintenance dose is 10 to 60 mg orally given once a day at bedtime.

What is the dose of Recol (lovastatin) for a child?


The initial dose for children from 10 to 17 years is 10 mg orally once a day.
The maintenance dose for children from 10 to 17 years is 10 to 40 mg orally once a day.
Dosage adjustments should be made no earlier than every 4 weeks, adding no more than 10 mg to the current dose each time.

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Recol (lovastatin) available?

Recol is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet: Lovastatin 10mg, 20mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Recol, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

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Review Date: February 18, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019