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FLUVASTATIN 20 MG HARD CAPSULES
Active substance(s): FLUVASTATIN SODIUM / FLUVASTATIN SODIUM / FLUVASTATIN SODIUM
Fluvastatin 20 mg Hard Capsules
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine,
because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as
- If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
This medicine is available using any one above names but will be referred
to as Lescol throughout the following leaflet.
Lescol is also available in 40 mg strength.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Lescol is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Lescol
3. How to take Lescol
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Lescol
6. Content of the pack and other information
1. WHAT LESCOL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Lescol contains the active fluvastatin sodium which belongs to a group of
medicines known as statins, which are lipid-lowering medicines: they lower
the fat (lipids) in your blood. They are used in patients whose conditions
cannot be controlled by diet and exercise alone.
- Lescol is a medicine used to treat raised levels of fats in the blood in
adults, in particular total cholesterol and so called “bad” or LDL
cholesterol, which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease
- in adult patients with high blood levels of cholesterol
- in adult patients with high blood levels of both cholesterol and
triglycerides (another sort of blood lipid)
- Your doctor can also prescribe Lescol to prevent further serious cardiac
events (e.g. heart attack) in patients after they already went through a
heart catheterisation, with an intervention in the heart vessel.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE LESCOL
Follow all the doctor’s instructions carefully. They may differ from the
general information contained in this leaflet.
Read the following explanations before you take Lescol.
Do not take Lescol
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to fluvastatin or any of the other
ingredients of Lescol listed in section 6 of this leaflet.
- if you currently have liver problems, or if you have unexplained,
persistently high level of certain liver enzymes (transaminases).
- if you are pregnant or breast-feeding (see “pregnancy and breastfeeding”).
If any of these apply to you, do not take Lescol and tell your doctor.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to you doctor or pharmacist before taking Lescol.
- if you previously had a liver disease. Liver function tests will normally be
done before you start Lescol, when your dose is increased and at various
intervals during treatment to check for side effects.
- if you have a kidney disease.
- if you have a thyroid disease (hypothyroidism).
- if you have a medical history of muscle diseases yourself or in your family.
- if you had muscle problems with another lipid-lowering medicine.
- if you regularly drink large amounts of alcohol.
- if you have a serious infection.
- if you have very low blood pressure (signs may include dizziness, lightheadedness).
- if you have controlled or uncontrolled excessive muscle exercise.
- if you are about to have an operation.
- if you have severe metabolic, endocrine or electrolyte disorders such as
decompensated diabetes and low blood potassium.
While you are on this medicine your doctor will monitor you closely if you
have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes. You are likely to be at
risk of developing diabetes if you have high levels of sugars and fats in your
blood, are overweight and have high blood pressure.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Lescol:
– if you have severe respiratory failure
If any of these apply to you, tell your doctor before taking Lescol. Your
doctor will take a blood test before prescribing Lescol.
Also tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have a muscle weakness that is
constant. Additional tests and medicines may be needed to diagnose and
If during treatment with Lescol, you develop symptoms or signs such as
nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, yellow eye or skin, confusion, euphoria or
depression, mental slowing, slurred speech, sleep disturbance, tremors or
easy bruising or bleeding, these may be signs of liver failure. In such case
contact a doctor immediately.
Lescol and people over 70 years
If you are over 70 years your doctor may want to check if you have risk
factors for muscular diseases. You may need specific blood tests.
Lescol and children/adolescents
Lescol has not been investigated and is not intended for the use in children
below 9 years. For dose information in children and adolescents over 9
years, see section 3.
There is no experience with the use of Lescol in combination with nicotinic
acid, cholestyramine or fibrates in children and adolescents.
Other medicines and Lescol
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Lescol can be taken on its own or with other cholesterol-lowering medicines
prescribed by your doctor.
After intake of a resin, e.g. cholestyramine (primarily used to treat high
cholesterol) wait at least 4 hours before taking Lescol.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:
- Ciclosporin (a medicine used to suppress the immune system).
- Fibrates (e.g. gemfibrozil), nicotinic acid or bile acid sequestrants
(medicines used to lower bad cholesterol levels).
- Fluconazole (a medicine used to treat fungal infections).
- Rifampicin (an antibiotic).
- Phenytoin (a medicine used to treat epilepsy).
- Oral anticoagulants like warfarin (medicines used to reduce blood clotting).
- Glibenclamide (a medicine used to treat diabetes).
- Colchicines (used to treat gout).
Lescol with food and drink
You can take Lescol with or without food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Lescol if you are pregnant or breast-feeding as the active
ingredient may lead to harm to your unborn child, and it is not known
whether the active ingredient is excreted in human breast milk. If you are
pregnant, consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Lescol.
Take adequate precaution against pregnancy while taking Lescol.
If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, stop taking Lescol and
see your doctor.
Your doctor will discuss with you the potential risk of taking Lescol during
Driving and using machines
There is no information on the effects of Lescol on your ability to drive and
3. HOW TO TAKE LESCOL
Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Do not exceed the recommended
Your doctor will recommend you to follow a low-cholesterol diet. Stay on this
diet while taking Lescol.
How much Lescol to take
- The dose range for adults is 20 to 80 mg per day and depends on the
extent of cholesterol lowering which needs to be achieved. Dose
adjustments may be made by your doctor at 4-week or longer intervals.
- For children (aged 9 years and older) the usual starting dose is 20 mg per
day. The maximum daily dose is 80 mg. Dose adjustments may be made
by your doctor at 6-week intervals.
Your doctor will tell you exactly how many capsules of Lescol to take.
Depending on how you respond to the treatment, your doctor may suggest a
higher or lower dose.
When to take Lescol
Take your Lescol dose in the evening or at bedtime.
If you are taking Lescol twice per day, take one capsule in the morning and
one in the evening or at bedtime.
Lescol can be taken with or without meals. Swallow whole with a glass of
If you take more Lescol than you should
If you have accidentally taken too much Lescol, talk to your doctor straight
away. You may need medical attention.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE LESCOL
Do not store above 25ºC. Store in the original package
If you forget to take Lescol
- Take one dose as soon as you remember. However, do not take it if there
is less than 4 hours before your next dose. In this case take your next
dose at the usual time.
- Do not take a double dose to make up for the one that you missed.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
If you stop taking Lescol
To maintain the benefits of your treatment, do not stop taking Lescol unless
your doctor tells you to. You must continue to take Lescol as directed to
keep the levels of your ‘bad’ cholesterol down. Lescol will not cure your
condition but it does help control it. Your cholesterol levels need to be
checked regularly to monitor your progress.
If your capsules become discoloured or show any other signs of
deterioration, consult your doctor or pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Lescol can cause side effects, although not everybody
Very common: affects more than 1 user in 10
Common: affects 1 to 10 users in 100
Uncommon: affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000
Rare: affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000
Very rare: affects less than 1 user in 10,000
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data.
Some rare or very rare side effects could be serious: get medical help
- if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness. These
might be early signs of a potentially severe muscle degradation. This can
be avoided if your doctor stops your treatment with fluvastatin as quickly
as possible. These side effects have also been found with similar
medicines of this class (statins).
- if you have unusual tiredness or fever, yellowing of the skin and eyes,
dark coloured urine (signs of hepatitis).
- if you have signs of skin reactions such as skin rash, hives, redness,
itching, swelling of the face, eyelids, and lips.
- if you have skin swelling, difficulty in breathing, dizziness (signs of severe
- if you bleed or bruise more easily than normal (signs of decreased
number of blood platelets).
- if you have red or purple skin lesions (signs of blood vessel inflammation).
- if you have red blotchy rash mainly on the face which may be
accompanied by fatigue, fever, nausea, loss of appetite (signs of lupus
- if you have severe upper stomach pain (signs of inflamed pancreas).
If you experience any of these, tell your doctor straight away.
Other side effects: tell your doctor if they worry you.
- Difficulty in sleeping, headache, stomach discomfort, abdominal pain,
nausea, abnormal blood test values for muscle and liver.
- Tingling or numbness of the hands or feet, disturbed or decreased
- Impotence, muscle weakness that is constant.
Other possible side effects
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia and nightmares
- Memory loss
- Sexual difficulties
- Breathing problems including persistent cough and/or shortness of breath
- Diabetes. This is more likely if you have high levels of sugars and fats in
your blood, are overweight and have high blood pressure. You doctor may
monitor you while you are taking this medicine.
- Inflammation, swelling, and irritation of a tendon.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor.
Do not take the medicine after the expiry date, which is printed on the
outside of the pack
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Lescol, please take any unused
capsules back to your pharmacist to be destroyed. Only keep them if the
doctor tells you to. Do not throw them away with your normal household
water or waste. This will help to protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Lescol contains
The active ingredient is fluvastatin sodium.
Each hard capsule contains 20 mg fluvastatin (as fluvastatin sodium).
Also contains inactive ingredients: magnesium stearate; sodium
bicarbonate; talc; microcrystalline cellulose; pregelatinised starch; calcium
carbonate; titanium dioxide E171; red iron oxide red E172; yellow iron oxide
yellow E172; gelatin.
What Lescol looks like and contents of the pack
Lescol are hard gelatin capsules with a strong reddish brown opaque cap
and a pale yellow opaque body with the red inprint “XU 20 mg”.
Available in calendar blister pack size of 28 capsules
MANUFACTURER AND PRODUCT LICENCE HOLDER
Manufactured by Novartis Pharma GmbH, 90327 Nurnberg, Germany.
Procured from within the EU by Product Licence holder:
Star Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 5 Sandridge Close, Harrow, Middlesex
HA1 1XD. Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.
PL No. 20636/2421
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 06.05.16
Lescol is a trademark of Novartis AG.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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