This medication is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, also known as a "statin", prescribed for high cholesterol and triglycerides in certain patients, and decreases the blockages in blood vessels. It also increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL, "good") cholesterol levels.
Contraindicated in patients with abnormal liver functions, during pregnancy and breastfeeding; hypersensitivity.
Adults- PO- The recommended dose is 20 to 80 mg daily.
This medication is available in the form of capsule and an extended-release (long-acting) tablet to take by mouth, with or without food, once or twice a day.
• Caution should be exercised patients with history of kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid, children younger than 9 years.
• 4 hours time interval needed in between cholestyramine (Questran) and fluvastatin adminsitration.
• Avoid alcohol consumption.
• Do not change the dose.
• Do not breastfeed while you are taking this medication.
• ♦Monitor liver function level regularly while taking this medication.
Tightness in the chest, chest pain and difficulty in breathing.
• Gastrointestinal: Nausea, sore throat, pale stools and heartburn.
• Central Nervous System: Headache and mental or mood changes.
♦ • Musculoskeletal: Joint pain, muscle pain, tenderness or weakness and immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy (IMNM).
• Skin: Rash, hives, itching, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue, red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin, numbness or tingling of the skin, arm, or leg.
• Respiratory: Sinus pain and cough.
• Genitourinary: Change in the amount of urine produced, dark urine, painful or frequent urination.
♦ • Metabolic: Changes in liver enzymes level.
• Miscellaneous: Fever, chills and flu-like symptoms.
Serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels should be measured before therapy.
Store at 25°C. Store it in an airtight container and keep away from children.
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