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Fluvastatin

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Mohamed Imran Lakhi Content Administrator GPhC: 2060586 Updated on: 28/11/2019 Next review: 28/05/2020

What is Fluvastatin?

Fluvastatin belongs to the statin group of medications, which are designed to treat high cholesterol and lower your risk of cholesterol-related illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and stroke. It works by reducing the levels of cholesterol in the arteries and bloodstream.

What is High cholesterol?

High cholesterol is when the levels of a fatty substance called cholesterol builds up in your arteries. This can cause the arteries to harden and become too narrow for blood to flow freely (also referred to as atherosclerosis). It occurs through a mixture of lifestyle and genetic factors, although it is more prevalent in those with inactive lifestyles and poor diet.

As it inhibits the flow of blood through the body, high cholesterol can lead to serious complications such as heart problems and an increased likelihood of a stroke. It is therefore important that the levels of cholesterol in the body be reduced, through appropriate lifestyle changes and medication.


How does Fluvastatin work?

Fluvastatin reduces the levels of cholesterol in the body by inhibiting an enzyme responsible for the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver. In turn, the levels of fat in the blood is minimised and the risks of developing cardiovascular disease or stroke from plaque building up in the arteries is reduced.

By preventing fat from obstructing blood vessels, the body can more efficiently pump blood, which carries necessary oxygen and nutrients, around the body.


How do I take Fluvastatin?

You should swallow Fluvastatin capsules whole with a glass of water, once or twice per day as instructed by your doctor. You can take Fluvastatin with or without food and should always try to take your medication at the same time each day. Never dismantle the capsules and, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Your dosage will be dependent on your cholesterol levels and how you respond to treatment. Your doctor may adjust your dose until the right level of cholesterol is achieved.

Your doctor may prescribe Fluvastatin alongside a cholesterol absorption inhibitor, such as Ezetimibe.

Always keep medicines out of the sight and reach of children and pets.


Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I forget to take Fluvastatin when I should?

If there is less than 4 hours before your next dose, it is advised that you skip the missed dose and do not double the dose prescribed. However, if it is within 16 hours of your usual Fluvastatin dose, take your capsule as prescribed, as soon as you remember.

What should I do if I take too much Fluvastatin?

If you take too much Fluvastatin, it is important that you contact your doctor straight away. If you suddenly notice symptoms such as headaches, confusion, forgetfulness or difficulty falling asleep then you may have taken too much Fluvastatin.

In these cases, it is important that you call 999 straight away or go to your local accident and emergency, if it is safe to do so.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Fluvastatin?

Drinking alcohol while taking Fluvastatin is not advised, as this can cause problems with your liver and raise your risk of further complications. If you drink more than 2 alcoholic drinks per day, or more than 2 units per day, you should speak to your doctor for further advice.

Will Fluvastatin impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

There is currently not enough research to indicate whether Fluvastatin has an effect on the ability to drive or operate machinery. If you feel that you are unable to drive, work or operate machinery while taking Fluvastatin, please contact your doctor or pharmacist for further help and advice.

Can I buy Fluvastatin online?

Yes. As long as you buy Fluvastatin online from a trusted, certifiable source such as Prescription Doctor, your prescription can be done online. Please be aware that buying high cholesterol treatments online from a qualified prescriber will still require you to answer some questions before the Fluvastatin can be shipped to you.


Table of contents

What is Fluvastatin?

How does Fluvastatin work?

How do I take Fluvastatin?

Frequently asked questions

What should I do if I forget to take Fluvastatin when I should?

What should I do if I take too much Fluvastatin?

Can I drink alcohol while taking Fluvastatin?

Will Fluvastatin impact my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Can I buy Fluvastatin online?

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Fluvastatin
  • Manufacturer: Sandoz
  • Active Ingredient(s): Fluvastatin sodium
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Hard capsules
  • Available Strength: 20mg or 40mg
  • Exemption: Prescription only
  • Dosage: Take as prescribed by your doctor
  • Drug Class: Statin
  • Alcohol Consumption: Avoid or limit alcohol consumption
  • When Pregnant: Do not take Fluvastatin during pregnancy. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
  • When Breastfeeding: Do not take Fluvastatin whilst breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor for further advice.
Click here to view the Fluvastatin - Patient Information Leaflet

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