Lescol is used to lower levels of cholesterol and other fats in the blood. Lescol belongs to the group of medicines called 3-Hydroxy-3-Methylglutaryl Coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) Reductase Inhibitors. They work by blocking an enzyme that is needed to make cholesterol.
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Tell your doctor immediately if you are, or become pregnant, or are breastfeeding, as Lescol may have unwanted effects on your baby. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less medicine than directed, and don’t stop taking Lescol without discussing it with your doctor first.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do NOT double doses.
Talk with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: fever; muscle aches or cramps; severe stomach pain; or unusual tiredness or weakness.
Lescol (fluvastatin sodium), is a water-soluble cholesterol lowering agent which acts through the inhibition of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase. Fluvastatin sodium is [R*,S*-(E)]- (±)-7-[3-(4-fluorophenyl) -1-(1-methylethyl)- 1H-indol-2-yl] -3,5-dihydroxy-6- heptenoic acid, monosodium salt. The empirical formula of fluvastatin sodium is C24H25FNO4 Na and its molecular weight is 433.46. Fluvastatin sodium is a white to pale yellow, hygroscopic powder soluble in water, ethanol and methanol. Lescol is supplied as capsules containing fluvastatin sodium, equivalent to 20 mg or 40 mg of fluvastatin, for oral administration. Lescol XL (fluvastatin sodium) is supplied as extended-release tablets containing fluvastatin sodium, equivalent to 80 mg of fluvastatin, for oral administration.
Lescol has the following structural formula: