Lescol XL is NOW available
Lescol (Fluvastatin) is an HMG CoA reductase inhibitor (also known as a “statin.”) It works by reducing the levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing the “good” cholesterol (HDL). It can be used in adults and children over the age of 10 years old in order to lower high cholesterol levels and triglycerides in the blood that can build fatty deposits (plague) in the blood vessels. Lescol is also sometimes used to lower the risk of heart complications for some people with coronary heart disease. The usual recommended start dose is 80mg tablet.
The brand Lescol is manufactured by Novartis and currently comes from Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. It may come from other international countries. Lescol is available in an 80mg dosage.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking Lescol.
• Difficulty breathing;
• Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
Stop taking Lescol and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Signs of kidney problems
o Little or no urination
o Painful or difficult urination
o Shortness of breath
o Swelling in your ankles or feet
• Signs of liver problems
o Clay-colored stools
o Dark-colored urine
o Loss of appetite
o Upper stomach pain
• Tenderness or weakness – especially if accompanied by a fever, unusual tiredness, or dark colored urine;
• Unexplained muscle pain;
Less serious side effects of Lescol may include: muscle pain, headache, stomach pain, nausea, or indigestion.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Lescol should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your medical history to be sure you can safely take Lescol. Particularly if you have a history of: liver disease, muscle pain or weakness, kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid disorder, if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily. This medication can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure.You should not take Lescol if you are allergic to Fluvastatin, if you have active liver disease, or if you are pregnant or nursing. This medication can harm an unborn baby and cause side effects in a nursing infant. Children under 10 should not be taking Lescol. There may be an interaction between Lescol and other medications including: gemfibroxil, fenofibric acid, fenofibrate, any medicine containing niacin, other cholesterol medications, antibiotics, antifungals, diabetes medications, heart medications, antiseizure medications, medicines to treat excess stomach acid/stomach ulcers. Talk to your doctor about any medications or herbal supplements you are currently taking.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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