Fluvastatin

  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Reduces the amount of bad cholesterol produced by the Liver
  • Can help to reduce the risk of stokes, heart attacks and heart disease

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High Cholesterol key facts UK

  • Cholesterol levels increase with age
  • 39.65% of people in the UK have are considered to have borderline or high cholesterol levels
  • Women going through the menopause are at risk of developing high cholesterol
  • High cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease

Source - Forthwithlife.co.uk

What is Fluvastatin?

Fluvastatin is a statin drug, which is also referred to as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. It belongs to a group of drugs that are lipid-lowering medications, which reduce the mortality of people who are at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Statins are the most common form of drugs used in the treatment of lowering high cholesterol.

It is available to buy when prescribed by a doctor, to lower cholesterol. This medication is available to buy at Medicine Direct after an online consultation with one of our doctors.

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is produced by the liver, it is essential to how the human body functions. Cholesterol is found in every cell within the body, it helps to produce vitamin D and steroid hormones which help our muscles and bones stay healthy. 

It also helps produce bile, which is a natural substance found in the body which helps us to digest fats from the foods we eat.

Cholesterol is made up of a number of lipoproteins, the two most talked about lipoproteins are LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) often called bad cholesterol and HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) often called good cholesterol.

LDL cholesterol is called bad cholesterol, too much of it clog up your arteries and cause them to harden, which can lead to several more serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease.

HDL cholesterol is called good cholesterol as it helps to move LDL to the liver where it is excreted from the body. It also helps to prevent diseases due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

When you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, it is because the levels of non-HDL cholesterol are too high, in particular LDL cholesterol.

What is Fluvastatin used to treat?

Fluvastatin is a medication that is used in the treatment of high cholesterol. It lowers the amount of bad cholesterol your liver produces, lowering the overall cholesterol levels. It is prescribed as a treatment for adults who have high levels of fats in their blood, particularly cholesterol, which leaves them vulnerable to developing heart disease and suffering strokes.

In summary, Fluvastatin decreases the levels of bad cholesterol and increases the levels of good cholesterol.

Statins are the first line treatment for high cholesterol levels and are particularly effective when used in conjunction with a healthy diet, exercise, and weight loss. More information on how to lower your cholesterol can be found on the NHS website.

How does Fluvastatin treat high cholesterol?

Fluvastatin works by reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol in the body, it does this in several ways by:

  • Increasing the levels of HDL 'good' cholesterol which help the body remove the LDL 'bad' cholesterol
  • Increases the number of LDL receptors which absorb LDL cholesterol and passes it into the liver, where it is removed from the body
  • Slows down the production of LDL cholesterol in the liver

By reducing the LDL cholesterol in the body, this decreases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and also provides protection against future heart attacks and strokes.

Fluvastatin Dose

Fluvastatin is available in the following doses

·         Fluvastatin 20mg

·         Fluvastatin 40mg

The dose you are prescribed will heavily depend on your condition and the levels of your cholesterol.

How should Fluvastatin be taken?

Fluvastatin should be taken at night, this is because it has a particularly short half-life and is therefore more effective when taken at night.

You should aim to take Fluvastatin at the same time every night.

Swallow the tablet whole with water, do not crush or chew the tablets.

You must follow the exact instructions given to you by your pharmacist or doctor. If you purchase this medication from Medicine Direct, these instructions will be explained during your online consultation and on the packet of your medicine.

You can also read the patient information leaflet which will also contain instructions on how you should take Fluvastatin.

You will be recommended to take Fluvastatin alongside a low cholesterol diet and active lifestyle. It can be taken before or after eating, with a glass of water.

Who can take Fluvastatin?

You should avoid taking this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Similarly, you should not use Fluvastatin if you are trying to conceive.

If you currently use this medication, you should stop taking it 3 months before you attempt to conceive, as congenital anomalies have been reported and the decreased synthesis of cholesterol may affect fetal development.

You can drink alcohol while using this medication but are advised not to as this can increase your risk of liver problems like liver disease. Alcohol is also a contributing factor to high cholesterol.

You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Fluvastatin if any of the following apply to you:

  • You have liver problems
  • You have severe respiratory problems
  • You have kidney disease
  • You have had muscle pain or muscle problems after taking any similar medication
  • You frequently consume alcohol in large amounts
  • You have hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid)
  • You are taking or have recently taken fusidic acid for bacterial infections
  • You are allergic to soy or peanuts

For more information on who may not be suitable for treatment with Fluvastatin, please refer to the Warnings and Drug Interactions tab on this page.

Possible Side Effects of Fluvastatin:

All medicines come with risks of adverse effects; however, the chances of suffering from these are low. If you think you are experiencing adverse effects from taking Fluvastatin and are worried, contact your doctor or pharmacist. If your symptoms appear more severe, seek immediate medical assistance.

If you are asked to go into hospital or your doctor's surgery, bring your medicine box with any medication left inside.

Common side effects from Fluvastatin treatment include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever or chills
  • Pains in your muscles or joints
  • A change in appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Symptoms of cold such as chills, shivering, runny nose, and weakness

For less common and more serious adverse effects of this treatment, please refer to our Side Effects tab on this page. You should always read the information leaflet thoroughly before taking any medication.

How can I buy Fluvastatin online in the UK?

Yes, you can buy Fluvastatin online from most UK online pharmacies including Medicine Direct. You will need to complete an online health questionnaire so our healthcare professionals can assess your condition to ensure that pravastatin is the most suitable treatment option for you.

It is important to ensure that when you buy Fluvastatin online, you do so from a UK fully regulated pharmacy. To learn more about our company, team, medical professionals, and the licenses we hold, visit our about us page.

Fluvastatin Dosage and Directions

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE prescribing guidelines when prescribing Fluvastatin capsules.

You can be prescribed Fluvastatin medication in either 20mg or 40mg strengths. The usual daily dose for adults and children over 9-years-old is between 20mg and 80mg.

Fluvastatin FAQ's

What is Fluvastatin used for?

Fluvastatin is used as a treatment for high cholesterol or lipids in the blood. It can help to prevent further complications associated with high cholesterol such as strokes, heart disease or heart attacks. It is also sometimes prescribed to those who have recently suffered from a heart attack to prevent another one from happening.

Can you drink alcohol while taking Fluvastatin?

You are able to drink alcohol while taking Fluvastatin. However, if you drink in excess, you may increase the probability of you experiencing muscle and liver side effects.

How does Fluvastatin work?

Fluvastatin blocks the enzyme in the liver which is responsible for synthesizing cholesterol. In doing, so it reduces the amount of cholesterol produced, thus, decreasing the amount of cholesterol present in blood. It also promotes the production of ‘good fats’.

What are the benefits of Fluvastatin tablets?

Fluvastatin is an immensely effective medication that has been proven to lower cholesterol levels and help to prevent serious ailments, such as heart disease or risk of a stroke. By lowering your cholesterol, you are able to lead a healthier and more active life.

What are the precautions/interactions of Fluvastatin?

Fluvastatin may not react well when taken with other medication and, as with all medicine, there is also the risk of side effects.For the full list of interactions, please refer to our Warnings and Interactions tab on this page. For the full list of side effects, please refer to the Side Effects tab.

Is Fluvastatin safe to take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?

You should not take Fluvastatin if you are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding. The active ingredient in the medicine may cause harm to your baby. If you become pregnant while taking a course of this medicine, contact your doctor or pharmacist and stop taking it.

Can you take Fluvastatin if you are Diabetic?
It is possible to be prescribed Fluvastatin as a medication if you are diabetic. However, you will need to watch your blood sugar closely to ensure it is not effecting your levels. If you are worried it might be, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

How else can you lower your cholesterol?

You can help your body lower its levels of cholesterol by adopting healthy life style habits, such as eating a balanced diet and being more active.
 
Foods that are high in saturated fats can increase the levels of cholesterol in your blood. Some examples of food high in saturated fats are: meat pies, sausages, butter, cream, cheese and cakes. To cook in a more health conscious way, you should try and avoid roasting or frying things.
 
Instead, try grilling, steaming, poaching, boiling and microwaving your food. Increase the amount of fibre you eat, as this can help lower your risk of heart disease. Good, healthy sources of fibre are wholemeal bread and pasta, fruit and vegetables, potatoes with their skin on, oats and barley, nuts and seeds. Aim to complete 150 minutes of moderate activity every week to improve your cholesterol levels.
 
This means working out hard enough to raise your temperature and heart beat and begin to sweat A clever way of figuring out if you are working out to the desired level is to see if you can talk but not sing. If you aren’t able to sing, you’re performing moderate aerobic activity.

Fluvastatin Serious Side Effects

It is rare to experience any adverse effects from this medication, but less common adverse reactions from this treatment include:

  • Discomfort or pain in the bladder, or when urinating
  • Bloody, cloudy or dark urine
  • Mucus cough
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Rash, such as hives or itching
  • Pain in your lower back or side
  • Facial extremities such as eyelids, around eyes, face, lips or your tongue feeling swollen
  • Chest feeling tight

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. For a more extensive list, please see the leaflet inside the medication box.

In rare cases, patients taking Fluvastatin can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine.

If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service, such as 111 or 999, immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:

  • Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
  • Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
  • Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
  • Your facial extremities become swollen, i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.

Always read the patient information leaflet that accompainies your medication for information on side effects.

Fluvastatin Warnings and drug interactions

While Fluvastatin is an effective way to treat high cholesterol, it may interact with other medicines you currently take. This could impact its effectiveness.

Speak to your doctor before taking Fluvastatin if you are already taking:

  • Other medicines which regulate lipid levels
  • Certain antibiotic or antifungal agents
  • Anticoagulants
  • Colchicines
  • Immunosuppressant drugs
  • Glibenclamide
  • Phenytoin

For more information on medicines that interact with Fuvastatin.

Please read the information leaflet that will accompany your medicine for complete details.

Fluvastatin Ingredients

Fluvastatin sodium is the active ingredient contained in this medicine.

Inactive ingredients in this medication include:

Mannitol, Talc, Magnesium stearate.

20mg:

Capsule body: Gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), yellow iron oxide (E172), red iron oxide (E172).

Capsule cap: Gelatin, titanium dioxide (E 171), red iron oxide (E172).

Ink – Titanium dioxide (E171), Shellac, Soya lecithin, Anti-foam DC 1510, Iron oxide, red (E172), Iron oxide, black (E172), Propylene glycol.

40mg:

Capsule body: Gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), yellow iron oxide (E172).

Capsule cap: Gelatin, titanium dioxide (E171), red iron oxide (E172).

Ink: Titanium dioxide (E171), Shellac, Soya lecithin, Anti-foam DC 1510, Iron oxide, red (E172), Iron oxide, black (E172), Propylene glycol.

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Medically reviewed by Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Published on: 12/10/2020

Updated on: 29/06/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

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