Fluvastatin
  • Fluvastatin
  • Fluvastatin

Fluvastatin

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Medication features

  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Two strengths available

NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.

Overview

Order Fluvastatin Cholesterol Tablets Online

Fluvastatin cholesterol tablets are available to order from our online doctor and pharmacy service which is registered in the UK. To order it, you have to fill in a short online assessment that will be examined by our UK registered doctors. If our doctors approve your order, they will send a prescription to our pharmacy team. Our pharmacists will check your medicine and then dispatch it to your chosen address.

Please note, our doctors can only prescribe statins to patients who are already prescribed this medicine from their GP. 

What is Fluvastatin?

Fluvastatin is a medicine used to reduce cholesterol levels in people diagnosed with high cholesterol. This helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. It can also be used to prevent further serious heart problems in people who have had a stent fitted.

Fluvastatin is a type of medicine called a statin. It is a prescription-only medicine which means it must be prescribed by a doctor.

How does it work?

There are two types of cholesterol:

  • HDL cholesterol (‘good’ cholesterol)
  • LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol)

High levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol increase your risk of developing heart problems or a stroke.

Fluvastatin works in the same way as other statins. It obstructs an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme is responsible for making cholesterol in the body. By blocking this enzyme, fluvastatin slows down the production of ‘bad’ cholesterol. This decreases the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.

It also improves the ability of the body to remove ‘bad’ cholesterol from the blood. Fluvastatin can also increase levels of ‘good’ cholesterol.

Dose

Fluvastatin is available in the following strengths:

  • 20 mg capsules
  • 40 mg capsules
  • 80 mg modified-release tablets

You should take it exactly as your doctor has told you. To reduce cholesterol levels it is generally started at a low dose e.g fluvastatin 20 mg. This may then be increased. When used to prevent another stroke or heart attack, generally a dose of 80mg daily is prescribed. 

Fluvastatin should be taken in the evening or at bedtime. If you are taking it twice a day, one dose should be taken in the morning and one dose should be taken at bedtime.

Alternatives

Statins are very commonly used to manage high cholesterol. Other statins include:

  • Lipitor
  • Atorvastatin
  • Crestor
  • Simvastatin
  • Pravastatin

Other medicines used to lower cholesterol include:

  • Ezetimibe
  • Bezafibrate
  • Fenofibrate

New treatments for low cholesterol include injectable prescription drugs such as evolocumab, which is a PCSK9 inhibitor.

FAQ

What is fluvastatin?

Fluvastatin is a prescription-only medicine used to lower cholesterol. It belongs to a group of medicines called statins. 

What is fluvastatin used for?

Fluvastatin is a medicine used to lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol. This helps to prevent cardiovascular disease in people at high risk. It can also be used to prevent further serious heart problems in people who have had a stent fitted.

Fluvastatin slows down the production of ‘bad’ cholesterol and also improves the ability of the body to remove ‘bad’ cholesterol from the blood. Fluvastatin can also increase ‘good’ cholesterol levels.

What are the side effects of fluvastatin?

Common side effects include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Abnormal blood test results for the liver
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Indigestion

Which statin has the least amount of side effects?

Most people can tolerate statins well and find they have no side effects. There are some side effects that are common with most statins such as headache, nausea, and sleep problems. Medicines can affect people differently and fluvastatin may suit one person and not another. 

If you find you cannot tolerate the side effects of your statin, discuss this with your doctor and they may switch you to a different statin to see if the side effects improve. Further information on statin side effects can be found on the NHS website.

What is the brand name for fluvastatin?

The brand names for the modified-release tablets are:

  • Lescol XL
  • Nandovar XL
  • Cadaff XL
  • Dorisin XL

Can I order fluvastatin online?

Our UK registered doctors are able to prescribe fluvastatin online. Once you complete a medical questionnaire, our doctors will assess your suitability for the medication. If they approve your request, a prescription will be sent to our pharmacy team and the medicine will be dispatched to your address.

Please note, our doctors can only prescribe statins to patients who are already prescribed this medicine from their GP.

Side Effects

There is a risk of side effects when taking any medicine.

Common fluvastatin side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Abnormal blood test results for the liver

There are a number of serious side effects which are very rare. These include:

  • Unexplained muscle pain, weakness or tenderness
  • Unusual tiredness or fever, yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
  • Severe pain in your upper stomach area
  • Signs of an allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, lips or tongue

This is not a full list of side effects. For further information on the side effects of fluvastatin, see the patient information leaflet.

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.

 

Warnings

Other conditions and fluvastatin

When completing the online assessment, it is important to mention any medical conditions you have.

Fluvastatin should not be taken by people with certain conditions, including:

  • If you are breastfeeding
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have liver problems or persistently high levels of liver enzymes called transaminases
  • If you are allergic to fluvastatin or any of the other ingredients

Other conditions can be affected by fluvastatin such as:

  • Kidney disease
  • Family history or personal history of muscle diseases
  • Very low blood pressure

The patient information leaflet contains further information. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about taking fluvastatin.

Interactions with other medicines

Fluvastatin can have drug interactions with certain medications that can affect the way it works. Talk to a health care professional for medical advice if you take any of the following medicines:

  • Fusidic acid
  • Ciclosporin
  • Fibrates
  • Rifampicin
  • Nicotinic acid
  • Fluconazole
  • Blood thinners such as warfarin
  • Phenytoin
  • Colchicine
  • Glibenclamide
  • Medicines called bile acid sequestrants

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