A patient taking lovastatin for hyperlipidemia should be instructed to immediately inform the physician if


• Statins are pregnancy category X and should never be taken while pregnant or if planning on becoming pregnant. 

• Category X medications have been shown to cause serious abnormalities of the fetus in animals, humans, or both. Therefore, the fetal risks outweigh any possible benefits to the mother. 

• Incorrect: GI upset is a common side effect of statins and is usually mild and not serious. 

• Incorrect: Confusion is not a side effect of statins. 

• Incorrect: Diet changes should be made as a holistic approach to treating hyperlipidemia. Vegetarianism promotes healthy eating and should be encouraged. 

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