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What is Lescol xl?
Lescol xl (fluvastatin) is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Lescol xl reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).Lescol xl is used to treat high cholesterol in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. Lowering your cholesterol can help prevent heart disease and hardening of the arteries, conditions that can lead to heart attack, stroke, and vascular disease.Lescol xl may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Important information about Lescol xl
You should not take Lescol xl if you are allergic to fluvastatin, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease. Stop taking Lescol xl and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.Before taking Lescol xl, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder, or if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.In rare cases, Lescol xl can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Lescol xl will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.There are many other drugs that can increase your risk of serious medical problems if you take them together with Lescol xl. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.Lescol xl is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.
Before taking Lescol xl
You should not take Lescol xl if you are allergic to fluvastatin, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease.If you have any of these other conditions, you may need to adjust the dose of Lescol xl or have special tests:history of liver disease; history of kidney disease; diabetes;a thyroid disorder; orif you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.In rare cases, Lescol xl can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. This condition may be more likely to occur in older adults and in people who have kidney disease or poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).Tell your doctor about all other medications you use. Certain other drugs can increase your risk of serious muscle problems, and it is very important that your doctor knows if you are using any of them:erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin);fluconazole (Diflucan)gemfibrozil (Lopid), fenofibric acid (Fibricor, Trilipix), or fenofibrate (Antara, Fenoglide, Lipofen, Lofibra, Tricor, Triglide);medicines that contain niacin (Advicor, Niaspan, Niacor, Simcor, Slo-Niacin, and others); ordrugs that weaken your immune system, such as steroids, cancer medicine, or medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, such as cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune), sirolimus (Rapamune), or tacrolimus (Prograf).FDA pregnancy category X. Lescol xl can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not take Lescol xl if you are pregnant. Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Use effective birth control to avoid pregnancy while you are taking Lescol xl. Fluvastatin may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not breast-feed while you are taking Lescol xl.
How should I take Lescol xl?
Take Lescol xl exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Lescol xl is usually taken once or twice daily, with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.Do not crush, chew, break, or open a Lescol xl tablet or capsule. Swallow it whole. Tell your doctor if you have trouble swallowing the pill. You may need to stop using Lescol xl for a short time if you have:uncontrolled seizures;an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low potassium levels in your blood);severely low blood pressure;a severe infection or illness; orsurgery or a medical emergency.To be sure Lescol xl is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.Lescol xl is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.You may need to take Lescol xl on a long-term basis for the treatment of high cholesterol. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if your next dose is less than 12 hours away. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line.
What should I avoid while taking Lescol xl?
If you also take cholestyramine (Prevalite, Questran) or colestipol (Colestid), avoid taking them within 2 hours before you take Lescol xl.Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Lescol xl will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Lescol xl and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
Side effects of Lescol xl
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Lescol xl: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking Lescol xl and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness;fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine;pain or burning when you urinate;swelling, weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all; ornausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious Lescol xl side effects may include:
headache;mild muscle pain;diarrhea;mild nausea;stomach pain or indigestion;sleep problems (insomnia); orcold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat.This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
What other drugs will affect Lescol xl?
Before taking Lescol xl, tell your doctor about all other medicines you are using, especially:cimetidine (Tagamet);a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase, Micronase);omeprazole (Prilosec);phenytoin (Dilantin);ranitidine (Zantac);spironolactone (Aldactone, Aldactazide);any other "statin" medication such as atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), or simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin).This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Lescol xl. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
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