Information about Fluvastatin
Fluvastatin is a commonly used cholesterol lowering agent (statin) that is associated with mild, asymptomatic and self-limited serum aminotransferase elevations during therapy and rarely with clinically apparent acute liver injury.
Mechanism of action of Fluvastatin
Fluvastatin (floo" va stat' in) is an orally available inhibitor of hepatic 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, the major rate-limiting enzyme in cholesterol synthesis. Like other members of its class (the “statins”), fluvastatin lowers total serum cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL) concentrations, thereby reducing the risk of atherosclerosis and its complications – myocardial infarction and stroke. Fluvastatin is indicated for treatment of hypercholesterolemia in persons at high risk for coronary, cerebrovascular and peripheral artery disease. Fluvastatin is available in capsules of 20 and 40 mg and as extended release tablets of 80 mg generically and under the brand names Lescol and Lescol XL. The recommended daily dose is 20 to 80 mg in one or two divided doses based upon tolerability and lipid levels. Fluvastatin
FDA approval information for Fluvastatin
Fluvastatin was approved for use in the United States in 1993 and remains a commonly prescribed drug with more than one million prescriptions filled yearly. Common side effects include muscle cramps, joint aches, headache and weakness.
Lipid lowering medications
- Niacin (Nicotinic Acid)