Fluvastatin - Drug Information

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General Information on Fluvastatin

Generic Name : Fluvastatin

Pronunciation : floo' va sta tin

Latest prescription information about Fluvastatin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Antilipemics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Fluvastatin

India : 

International : 

Lescol, Lescol XL

Why is Fluvastatin Prescribed? (Indications)

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. 

When should Fluvastatin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with abnormal liver functions, during pregnancy and breastfeeding; hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category X :

Animal and/or human studies have demonstrated fetal injury and potential risks outweigh the benefits of the drug in pregnancy. These drugs are found to be harmful when taken during pregnancy, and should not be used.

What is the dosage of Fluvastatin?

Adults- PO- The recommended dose is 20 to 80 mg daily.

How should Fluvastatin be taken?

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.

What are the warnings and precautions for Fluvastatin?

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.

What are the side effects of Fluvastatin?

  Heart: 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.

What are the other precautions for Fluvastatin?

Serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels should be measured before therapy.

What are the storage conditions of Fluvastatin?

Store at 25C. Store it in an airtight container and keep away from children.

♦ Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA

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