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Fluvastatin FAQs

What is Fluvastatin?

Fluvastatin is a generic medication that belongs to a group of medications known as HMG- CoA reductase inhibitors, which are more commonly known as statins. Statins work to lower cholesterol by hindering the enzyme that works in the liver to produce it. Fluvastatin, which is also available under the brand name Lescol, is clinically proven to effectively reduce cholesterol in patients of high cholesterol who are at risk of associated cardiovascular problems like heart disease and atherosclerosis.

How does Fluvastatin work?

This medication is a type of statin, which is a group of medications that work to reduce harmful cholesterol levels. Harmful cholesterol is low density lipoprotein (LDL) as opposed to the "good" cholesterol, which is high density lipoprotein (HDL). Like other statins, it achieves this reduction by impacting the enzyme, which is responsible for the production of cholesterol, HMG-CoA reductase.

When this enzyme is affected by statins, it produces less LDL cholesterol. This means there is less LDL cholesterol in the body to cause problems such as the clogging and narrowing of the arteries, which is the main problem of high cholesterol. HDL levels are also increased.

Category Total-C (mg/dL) LDL-C (mg/dL)
Acceptable <170 <110
Borderline 170-199 110-129
High ≥ 200 ≥ 130

What are the benefits of Fluvastatin tablets?

Numerous clinical trials have proved that Fluvastatin is an effective high cholesterol medication, which can:

  • Safely lower cholesterol with a relatively low risk of side effects.
  • Reduces the risk of encountering potentially fatal cardiovascular problems, such as heart attacks, angina and stroke.
  • Can also help to reduce any further heart problems people with coronary heart disease may experience.
  • Can help to reduce the risk of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)

It is essential that a course of this treatment is taken regularly, alongside a change in lifestyle which can reduce overall risk of coronary problems in the future. Fluvastatin is an easy-to-take medication in the form of a capsule and a daily routine can be set to ensure it is used as required.

How do I take Fluvastatin?

Cholesterol levels vary from person to person, therefore it is important to visit the doctor before buying your first batch of medication to be issued how many tablets you should be taking each day. You should take the capsules exactly as they have been prescribed to you. Each capsule should be swallowed whole. You will likely find this easier with a glass of water, but there is no requirement to take the medication with or without food.

What dosages are available for Fluvastatin?

Fluvastatin is available in capsule form in dosages of 20mg and 40mg. You are likely to be recommended to begin on the lower dosage to gauge how your body reacts to the medication. If the 20mg dose has no adverse effect on you or does not provide the expected results then it may be necessary to move up to the 40mg dosage. It is essential that you make your doctor aware before increasing the dosage strength of the Fluvastatin tablets.

Are there any side effects when taking Fluvastatin?

Any prescription medication carries a small risk of side effects, and how one reacts really depends on the individual. Some of the more common side effects include:

  • Stomach pain and indigestion, nausea, headaches and insomnia.
  • Skin reactions and muscle pain/weakness are considered to be rare.

Inflammation of the pancreas, liver, or blood vessels are considered very rare. If you do experience any of these for a prolonged period, then ensure you see your doctor as soon as possible. For further information about the side effects of this medication, please refer to the patient leaflet. This is included in your medication and is also available for download on this page.

What are the precautions/interactions of Fluvastatin?

We only allow you to buy Fluvastatin here at HealthExpress if you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol and have been specifically recommended this medication as treatment. Generally, there are some medical conditions and medications that are not compatible with Fluvastatin, in which case an alternative drug will likely be recommended. These include:

  • Problems with the liver or kidneys,
  • A history of muscle disease
  • An allergy to the medication's ingredients
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Use of colchicines, fibrates and oral anticoagulants

If you have any other medical condition or are taking any medication, even if it is not mentioned above, you should disclose it during your online consultation. This is for your own safety to ensure that your chosen medication is safe as well as effective for you.

Whilst taking a course of treatment using statins like Fluvastatin, you should not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice, as doing so is known to cause serious side effects.

How can I buy Fluvastatin online safely?

Here at HealthExpress we offer a secure and straightforward way to buy Fluvastatin online, provided you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol previously and have been specifically recommended this medication to treat it. We ask that you complete an online consultation in order to buy Fluvastatin, so we can verify your suitability for the treatment. The consultation is completely free and will be viewed by a UK qualified doctor.

After the doctor has approved your consultation, you will be able to order the medication. A prescription can then be issued if the medication is approved for your use. This prescription is then filled by our pharmacy, who dispatch your medication via a free overnight delivery service.

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