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Lescol Xl Medication
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
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 ...Read more
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
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
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
Years ago I took crestor (rosuvastatin) to lower cholesterol. I felt horrendous on it and stopped. Recently I tried lescol and felt the same, awful. Does that mean I can't take statins? What are my options here?
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
Yes.: You may take as prescribed!Get a more detailed answer ›
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I took concerta 18 mg XL then 36 mg XL but none worked. Should I change the medication (in kuwait we only have concerta XL and XR and ritalin (methylphenidate)).
Concerta: You need to discuss this with your medical provider but you may not be on a high enough dose yet. Some people may respond at 36mg but many will not. ...Read more
Not sure about less?: If you are taking drugs for a chronic condition like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, then this a difficult question. If you are concerned about how many pills you are taking in a day, maybe combinations or long acting drugs can reduce the number. Either way, this is to be discussed with your physician since these alternatives are not for everyone. Good luck. ...Read more
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Dose??: If you mean is the dose too high we must narrow it down to what type of medication. All medications have side effects- many of which are associated with excessive dosing. Speak to your primary physician or pharmacist about the specific medication. ...Read more