Lescol and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Lescol 20mg and/or Equivalents||Fluvastatin, Lescol|
|Lescol 40mg and/or Equivalents||Fluvastatin, Teva-Fluvastatin|
Lescol Drug Description
Lescol falls in the group of drugs called “Statins”. Lescol is an oral administration drug commonly used to lower high cholesterol levels and high levels of triglycerides in the body. Lescol primarily consists of Fluvastatin Sodium. It is a soluble agent that is whitish and pale yellow in colour. It is highly soluble in water, ethanol and methanol. It usually comes in the form of oral capsules with every capsule containing about 20 mg or 40 mg of Fluvastatin Sodium. Extended release tablets are also widely available containing up to 80 mg of Fluvastation Sodium. There are several inactive ingredients in the capsules too. Some of the common ones include Calcium Carbonate, Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate, Starch, Red Iron Oxide, Titamium Dioxide, etc.
Conditions Treated by Lescol
Lescol is used to treat problems related to cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. It can be prescribed to adults and children above the age of 10. However, when administered to children it must be done under strict medical supervision only. Sometimes doctors may prescribe the medication for a host of other medical conditions too. Lowering cholesterol in turn helps prevent other serious health complications in adults like heart disease, hardening of the arteries, heart attacks, stroke and vascular disease. This medicine may often be used as a combination with other drugs to lower cholesterol levels in the body.
Lescol Dosage Information
a.) Typical dosage recommendations
Most cholesterol lowering medication are administered twice a day; once in the morning and once in the evening. However typical dosage will depend on an individual patient’s health condition and severity of cholesterol related illness. Patients who are suffering from heart conditions due to cholesterol may be advised stronger doses more number of times in the day while those suffering from borderline problems may be advised to take the medication once a day. A good low cholesterol diet is to be maintained when on cholesterol lowering medication else the medication will not work.
b.) Missing a dose
When you miss a dose of Lescol, take a replacement dose if more than 12 hours remain between your present and next dose. If not, avoid a replacement dose and stick to the normal medicine course. If you experience any discomfort due to a missed dose try to consult your doctor immediately.
If you consume more than the required dosage within short periods of time it may result in an overdose. Typical symptoms of an overdose include vomiting, nausea, rashes, confusion, dizzy spells, fainting, headache, palpitations, problems in breathing etc. If the symptoms become severe it is advisable to contact a doctor for medical help immediately. In extremely rare cases patients have been known to hospitalized.
It is safer to undergo an allergy test before taking Lescol. Certain inactive ingredients in the medication may lead to severe allergies in the body. It is not advisable for pregnant women or women nursing new born babies to consume Lescol because it may harm the fetus or the new born baby. If you presently suffer from any kind of liver disease or were on liver treatment medicine avoid taking Lescol as it may interact with the medicine or worsen the symptoms of the illness. It is safer to avoid the medicine if you are diabetic because it may affect your blood sugar levels. People with thyroid disorder should also avoid taking Lescol because it may interfere with the normal course of treatment. It is advisable to avoid consuming alcohol when you are on Lescol. Otherwise it may lead to severe side effects. In extremely rare cases Lescol may lead to kidney problems and severe breakdown of the skeletal muscle tissue. However, if you do not suffer any other medical condition and are not on any other medication then Lescol is more or less considered to be a safe drug. Avoid consuming foods and drinks that are high in cholesterol, it may affect the effects of the medication and lead to rapid fluctuations in your cholesterol levels. It is better to follow a strict low cholesterol diet when on any cholesterol lowering medication. Avoid juices and fruits like Grapefruit and Berries while on Lescol because it may lead to dangerous health problems later.
Lescol Side Effects
It is common for Lescol to lead to some side effects in people. However in most cases the side effects are not severe and tend to subside once the body gets used to the medication. If your side effects do not disappear after a few hours of treatment it is safer to consult a doctor. In severe cases the doctor may advise discontinuing the medication or lowering the dosage. The most common side effects include hives, problems breathing, facial swelling especially of the lips, tongue, throat etc. The side effects listed above are usually not serious effects of the medication. However if you suffer from any of the following side effects then it is advisable to contact a doctor. Some of the more severe side effects of Lescol medication include severe muscle pain all over the body, body tenderness or overall weakness, unexplained fever, extreme fatigue, change in the colour of your urine, pain sensations, body swelling, sudden weight gain, urinating less, extreme nausea, stomach pain, itching and rashes all over the body, loss of appetite etc. If these symptoms persist it may be necessary to discontinue the medication. Some patients may suffer from headaches, diarrhea, indigestion, insomnia, symptoms of cold like running nose, sneezing, sore throat etc. These side effects are usually considered common though and do not necessarily require a doctor’s immediate attention unless they worsen.
Lescol Drug Interactions
Several over the counter drugs or prescription drugs may interact with Lescol. Furthermore several health supplements also interact with Lescol. It is safer to check which kinds of medicines interact with Lescol before you begin your dosage. The following medicines are known to specially interact with drugs like Lescol:
- Other types of Statin medications etc.
This list of medicines is however not complete and it is advisable to verify the other medicines you take with your doctor before the course begins.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.