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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Fluvastatin (Overview)

Fluvastatin is in the class of medications called "statins". It's brand name is lescol (fluvastatin). It is one of the older members of the class. It is primarily used to reduce cholesterol production by the body. Other common medications in this class include Lipitor (atorvastatin), zocor (simvastatin), and Crestor (rosuvastatin).


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Please describe the medication: fluvastatin?

Please describe the medication: fluvastatin?

Lowers cholesterol: Fluvastatin is in the class of medications called "statins". It's brand name is lescol (fluvastatin). It is one of the older members of the class. It is primarily used to reduce cholesterol production by the body. Other common medications in this class include Lipitor (atorvastatin), zocor (simvastatin), and Crestor (rosuvastatin). ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
17 doctors shared insights

Fluvastatin (Overview)

Fluvastatin is in the class of medications called "statins". It's brand name is lescol (fluvastatin). It is one of the older members of the class. It is primarily used to reduce cholesterol production by the body. Other common medications in this class include Lipitor (atorvastatin), zocor (simvastatin), and Crestor (rosuvastatin).


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Which has less effect on liver immediate release niacin or fluvastatin?

Which has less effect on liver immediate release niacin or fluvastatin?

Niacin: Both can affect liver. Niacin is gentler on liver than fluvastatin, but the preferred form of Niacin is the delayed release (extended release). ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: fluvastatin?

Lowers cholesterol: Fluvastatin is in the class of medications called "statins". It's brand name is lescol (fluvastatin). It is one of the older members of the class. It is primarily used to reduce cholesterol production by the body. Other common medications in this class include Lipitor (atorvastatin), zocor (simvastatin), and Crestor (rosuvastatin). ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lescol (fluvastatin)?

Please describe the medication: lescol (fluvastatin)?

Statin - Fluvastatin: Lescol is the brand name for fluvastatin, one of several "statin" medications that inhibit hmg co-a reductase, the rate limiting enzyme in cholesterol synthesis. These medications increase the number of LDL receptors that bind and remove LDL particles from the circulation. Statins have been shown to significantly reduce heart attack, death from heart attack, and ischemic stroke. ...Read more

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Can you take policosanol while also taking lescol (fluvastatin)?

Yes: Policosanol is an Insulin sensitizing agent, used for Insulin resistance syndrome, or pre-diabetes, and raises the HDL or good cholesterol, while lowering LDL bad cholesterol. The only interaction seems to be with levodopa, used for treating parkinson's disease. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take policosanol when taking lescol (fluvastatin)?

Should be: Policosanol is a herbal medicine allegedly helpful in treating cholesterol related problems, just as Lescol (fluvastatin) is;i am not aware of any problems associa ted with the combination;but then policosanol has not been that well studied in this country, so the answer is uncertain;it could, conceivably potentiate statin side effects, such as heoatotoxicity as well as mypathies so caution is recommended. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Lescol (fluvastatin) XL to lower cholesterol?

How long does it take for Lescol (fluvastatin) XL to lower cholesterol?

Typically 8 weeks: Typically after initiation of any statin medicine, lipids are first rechecked at the eartliest 8 weeks primarily to check for tolerance and liver panel staying normal, and hopefully a good lipid effect. But to see more of an effect on lipids, recheck in 3 months. ...Read more

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Can lescol ( fluvastatin) cause thrush?

Not very likely: Although everything is possible, thrush is not a common side effect of Lescol (fluvastatin) by any means; an antibiotic could be a much more likely cause. Lescol (fluvastatin) is a cholesterol lowering drug. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take lescol (fluvastatin) while pregnant?

Not safe: Lescol (fluvastatin) is a statin, and these are listed as pregnancy category x, reported to cause limb deformities , especially if taken during the first trimester. In rare cases, for patients with severe genetic lipid disorders ( hypertriglyceridemia of pregnancy) medications may be used late in pregnancy (third trimester) but in general , statins should be avoided , red rice yeast also! ...Read more

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Can lescol (fluvastatin) cause thrush or a white tongue?

Can lescol (fluvastatin)  cause thrush or a white tongue?

Fluvastatin: Lescol (fluvastatin) is a "statin" anti-cholesterol product, and I have no basis for believing it would cause thrush/candidiasis. Usually occurs in infants, immunocompromised, or those just off antibiotics. Requires an rx for monistat, nizoral, ketoconazole to eliminate. ...Read more

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Which has less effect on liver immediate release niacin or fluvastatin?

Niacin: Both can affect liver. Niacin is gentler on liver than fluvastatin, but the preferred form of Niacin is the delayed release (extended release). ...Read more

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Is lescol stronger than lipitor, (atorvastatin) crestor?

No: Lescol is weaker than those two. If your cholesterol level reaches goal, then it probably does not matter which statin you use. But if you require a higher dose, and do not reach goal even with high dose Lescol or other older drugs, then Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Crestor would be preferred. They are more potent. As they are about equally effective, price becomes an issue since Lipitor (atorvastatin) is generic now. ...Read more

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Am I dying?

Am I dying?

We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Lescol (Definition)

Lescol is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more