Fluvastatin Sodium

What condition does Fluvastatin Sodium treat?

Fluvastatin Sodium is used to lower bad cholesterol and fats like triglycerides.  This medication will raise good cholesterol in the blood. Lowering bad cholesterol and triglycerides and raising a good one will lessen the risk of heart disease. It will also help prevent strokes and heart attacks. This medication is used along with a proper diet.

In addition to a proper diet and other lifestyle changes may help this drug works better. It includes losing weight, exercising, and stopping smoking.

Fluvastatin Sodium belongs to the class of medications called statins. This medication is supplied as a capsule for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How does Fluvastatin Sodium work?

Fluvastatin Sodium decreases the production of LDL cholesterol. It is by blocking the action of the enzyme in the liver. That is responsible for its production. This lessens the amount of cholesterol in the liver cells. It causes them to take up LDL cholesterol from the blood. The decreased cholesterol production and increased removal of LDL cholesterol from the blood ultimately results in lowered blood cholesterol levels.

What is the recommended dosage for Fluvastatin Sodium?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Remember to take the prescription exactly. Do not take it more often or for longer than it is prescribed.

The capsule is to be taken by mouth. It is usually taken once a day in the evening. Some patients may be directed to take it twice. Do not open the capsules. Take it as a whole. Take it at the same time every day.

Treatment with this medicine is usually long-term unless you experience an adverse effect. You should continue to take it regularly. Try to keep your regular appointments with your doctor. This is so that your doctor can check on your progress. You will need to have some blood tests from time to time. These are to measure your lipid levels and also to check that your liver has not been affected by taking this drug.

What are the side effects of Fluvastatin Sodium?

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Sleep problems or insomnia
  • Changes in the amount of urine
  • Stomach upset or pain
  • Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
  • Cold symptoms (sneezing, sore throat, or stuffy nose)

What are the precautions in taking Fluvastatin Sodium?

  • Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have any allergies. Tell also if you have any medical history or current medications.
  • This may not be recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits before taking this medicine.
  • Do not use this pats the expiration date.
  • Your doctor will give you recommendations about stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet, reducing the amount of salt in your diet, cutting down on the amount of alcohol you normally drink, and taking regular exercise. Following this advice will also help you to lessen your risk of developing blood and heart vessel disease.
  • Keep this at a dry and clean place away from the heat and moisture.