Fluvastatin

Fluvastatin reduces the amount of cholesterol your liver produces to lower the overall amount of cholesterol. It is prescribed to treat adults who have high levels of fats in their blood, particularly cholesterol, which leaves them vulnerable to developing heart disease and stroke.

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Fluvastatin

Fluvastatin for High Cholesterol

Fluvastatin belongs to a group of medicines called ‘statins.’ It belongs to this group as it lowers the amount of fats (lipids) circulating in your blood. It is prescribed to treat adults who have high levels of fats in their blood, particularly cholesterol, which leaves them vulnerable to developing heart disease and stroke. Fluvastatin reduces the amount of cholesterol your liver produces to lower the overall amount of cholesterol. This medicine also promotes the increase of ‘good’ cholesterol which decreases the patients chances of suffering from strokes, heart attacks of heart disease. It is used as both a preliminary preventative measure, to lower the disease causing fats, but also as a medicine to stop further cardiac arrest episodes from occurring.

Different Strengths of Fluvastatin:

You can be prescribed Fluvastatin in either 20mg or 40mg strengths. The usual range of dosage per day for adults and children over 9 years old is between 20mg and 80 mg a day. You may be given an adjustment to the strength of your dosage after 4 week or longer intervals if they believe it is not effective enough or causing side effects at your current prescribed strength.

Fluvastatin 20mg

This lower strength is used as initial dosages for those 9 years old and over, and adults to treat high cholesterol and lipids. It will also be used to maintain positive results after finishing a higher dosage course.  

Fluvastatin 40mg

40mg is generally prescribed as an initial dose for those suffering Hyperlipidemia. This may be prescribed to be used twice a day to make up a 80mg daily dosage.

How should Fluvastatin be taken?

You must follow the exact instructions given to you by your pharmacist or doctor regarding how to take Fluvastatin. You will be recommended to take this medicine alongside a low cholesterol diet and active lifestyle. It can be taken before or after eating, with a glass of water.

If you are worried that you may have taken more Fluvastatin than you should have, contact your doctor immediately as you may need medical help. If you forget your scheduled dose of the medicine, you should take it as soon as you remember. However, if this is close to the time you are supposed to take your next dose, i.e. within 4 hours of each other, do not take the forgotten tablet. Skip it and continue the course as usual. Do not double up on doses.

Below are general guidelines on how to administer Fluvastatin, in accordance to different conditions.

  • High Cholesterol or combined Hyperlipidaemia

The initial prescription can be between 20mg-40mg to be taken once daily. After review, the doctor may increase the strength of dose if they think it is not effective enough as it is.

  • To Prevent Heart Disease

Depending on what percentage of LDL reduction you need, you will be prescribed between 20-40mg initially to be taken once or twice a day. Your doctor will give you exact instruction and strength for you to use.

Possible Side Effects of Fluvastatin:

All medicines come with risks of side effects; however, the chances of suffering from these are low. If you think you are experiencing side 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 doctors’ surgery take in your medicine box with any medication left inside. Below are a list of some of the common and rare potential side effects of taking Fluvastatin.

Common Side Effects

  • 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

Uncommon Side Effects

  • Discomfort of pain in the bladder or when urinating
  • A change in your urine, become bloody, cloudy or dark
  • Mucusy cough
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Heart beat feeling increase
  • Rash such as hives, or itching
  • Pain in your lower pain 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.

How can I buy Fluvastatin online in the UK?

If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Fluvastatin online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription for Fluvastatin, you can fill in one of our health questionnaires which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. After assessing your answers, the doctors will then prescribe you the medicine if they deem it appropriate to do so.

What is Fluvastatin used for?

Fluvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol or lipids in the blood. It can 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 whilst taking Fluvastatin?

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

What is Fluvastatin mechanism of action?

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’.

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

You should not take Fluvastatin if you are pregnant, trying to conceive or breast feeding. The active ingredient in the medicine may cause harm to your baby. If you become pregnant whilst 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 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 fiber you eat, as this can help lower your risk of heart disease. Good, healthy sources of fiber are whole meal bread and pasta, fruit and vegetables, potatoes with their skin on, oats and barley, pulses and 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 an 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. 

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