What is Fluvastatin used for?
Fluvastatin is a cholesterol-lowering drug used along with a low-fat diet to decrease the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in the blood. This medicine is prescribed to lower bad cholesterol levels (LDL or low-density lipoprotein) in adults as well as in children of at least 10 years of age. Lowering of cholesterol can prevent the risk of stroke, heart and blood vessel disease. Fluvastatin also increases the levels of good cholesterol (HDL or high-density lipoprotein).
Fluvastatin reduces the need for undergoing coronary revascularization procedures in people who have coronary heart disease. Fluvastatin is also used to slow down the progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) caused by high cholesterol levels. This medicine helps prevent further heart problems following a surgical procedure called coronary angioplasty.
Fluvastatin may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. It belongs to a class of medications known as statins. This drug works by reducing the production of cholesterol in the body.
What is the recommended dosage of Fluvastatin?
The dosage of Fluvastatin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Swallow Fluvastatin whole with a full glass of water. Fluvastatin can be taken by mouth with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Fluvastatin?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Fluvastatin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Fluvastatin?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Fluvastatin, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Fluvastatin?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Fluvastatin.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, (over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Fluvastatin) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Fluvastatin can interact with other statin medications and blood thinners.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Fluvastatin?
Like other medicines, Fluvastatin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Fluvastatin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Fluvastatin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Fluvastatin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Fluvastatin can cause side effects such as headache, nausea, insomnia, muscle ache, diarrhea, stomach pain and fatigue. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Fluvastatin.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Fluvastatin?
Is it possible for me to take Fluvastatin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Fluvastatin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Fluvastatin?
How will Fluvastatin work in my body?
How should Fluvastatin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Fluvastatin drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Fluvastatin is safe appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this or any other drug.
While taking Fluvastatin, avoid drinking excessive amount of alcohol. This drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.