Fluvastatin helps lower your cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels in the blood.
Excessive cholesterol and triglycerides in your body can clog up your blood vessels. This can lead to many health problems such as stroke and heart diseases, including heart attack.
Fluvastatin is meant to be taken as part of a complete cholesterol management programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take Fluvastatin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take Fluvastatin with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
If you have been given Fluvastatin capsule, it is best to take it in the evening. Swallow the capsule whole and do not open up the capsule.
If you have been given the extended-release tablet (labelled as "XL"), you can take it at any time of the day. Swallow the extended-release tablet whole and do not break, chew or crush the tablet.
Fluvastatin must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Fluvastatin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Fluvastatin unless instructed by your doctor.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Do not take Fluvastatin if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with Fluvastatin, alert your doctor immediately. Fluvastatin may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking Fluvastatin.
Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Fluvastatin.
Alert your doctor if you have liver disease as Fluvastatin may not be suitable for you.
Inform your doctor if you:
- have kidney disease
- have thyroid disease
- consume large amounts of alcohol or if you are a frequent drinker.
Inform your doctor immediately if you experience muscle pain, weakness or tenderness especially if it is accompanied by fever or general body discomfort.
If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery and dental work, inform your doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are taking Fluvastatin.
Your doctor may need to perform blood tests to make sure that your liver function is normal before you take Fluvastatin and thereafter depending on your doctor's advice.
Common side effects of Fluvastatin include any of the following: stomach pain, wind, indigestion, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, headache and difficulty sleeping.
Fluvastatin may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
- persistent muscle or joint pain, muscle cramps, numbness or weakness
- yellowing of the skin or the eyes
- brown or dark-coloured urine
- unusual tiredness
- swollen eyes or mouth, breathlessness
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other cholesterol-lowering medicines e.g. gemfibrozil, bezafibrate or nicotinic acid
- medicines to treat fungal infection e.g. fluconazole
- warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
- other medicines such as rifampicin, ciclosporin, colchicine
- a herbal or food supplement called red yeast rice
Fluvastatin should not be taken at the same time as cholestyramine. Cholestyramine reduces the effectiveness of Fluvastatin when taken at the same time. If you are taking cholestyramine, take Fluvastatin at least 4 hours after you have taken cholestyramine.
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Fluvastatin.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.