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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Mevacor
These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as
recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is
always advised to consult their own physician.
Mevacor and sexual desire [posted
Question: I am a 61 year old active and healthy male. Have taken 20 mg daily of
mevacor for approx. 6 years. Earlier this year the dosage was increased to 40 mg/day.
Since the increase, I've had difficulty obtaining and maintaining an erection. Some
friends have told me that this is due to the mevacor. My brother-in-law takes Lipitor for
elevated cholesterol and he has NO erection difficulties. Am interested in your comments
regarding this matter and whether lipitor is a better drug. I am assuming that Zocor is
better than mevacor, but don't know its sexual side affects.
Answer: I'd try to switch, although this hasn't been a major problem with my
patients. Also, try a drug holiday for a couple of weeks. If it is the mevacor, it will
abate in 3-4 days. If not, you need an evaluation for the cause.
Mevacor and Back Pain [posted
Question: I have been taking mevacor for about 3 years now and it seems to give me
severe lower back pain and fatigue. Can you tell me if these symptoms are related to
Answer: About the only way is to stop it for 4-5 weeks and see if the problem
clears, then restart it and see if it returns. However, I suspect it has nothing to do
with this medication.
Mevacor vs. Zocor
Question: My husband is 44 and has a congenital heart valve problem, which throws
blood back to the heart and therefore the heart is enlarged. He was taking Mevacor and
questran for mildly high cholesterol. His cardiologist suggested that he switch from
Mevacor to Zocor because there is less effect on the liver. Our primary physician says
this is not the case and that mevacor and zocor are basically the same. Which doctor is
Answer: They both have similar effects on the liver. However, zocor is more
effective and will get a lower cholesterol for the same risk.
Question: I have been taking Mevacor (20 mg) for seven years. Recently we installed
vinyl wallpaper in our house and I have shown a tremendous sensitivity to it, manifested
by eye irritations. I have no other known allergies, having been tested. Could mevacor
cause this problem or at least exacerbate it? I also take verelan (120 mg) and one
Answer: Sorry, but I have never heard of this or seen a case. You might want to
try asking the company Merck at: 800-672-6372.
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