Lovastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Lovastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). Lovastatin is used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors Lovastatin is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. Lovastatin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Altoprev reduces the triglyceride and cholesterol levels within the blood system. The medication also helps in minimizing the toughening of arteries, a state referred to as atherosclerosis. This drug is usually referred to as an HMG-CoA inhibitor.