LESCOL Ressources

Application Information

This drug has been submitted to the FDA under the reference 020261/001.

Names and composition

"LESCOL" is the commercial name of a drug composed of FLUVASTATIN SODIUM.
It belongs to the class Statins and is used in Hyperlipidaemia (Cardiovascular System)

Answered questions

Is lescol stronger than lipitor?
Asked by Gilberto Bogenschneide 6 months ago.

Lescol (fluvastatin) and Lipitor (atorvastatin) belong to the same class of drugs (HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, better known as statins) and they both work similarly. Lipitor is the more potent of the two drugs, which means that it will cause a greater reduction in cholesterol at a given dose, but the difference is not super huge. I don't know of any head to head studies that suggest that one will help people live longer than the other, and probably there won't ever be any done (not really cost-effective). If I were prescribing an anticholesterol drug, I would prefer Lipitor (of the two) but I would not change someone on lescol over if it was working for him without side-effects. Answered by Doloris Garriss 6 months ago.

I was strongly against lipitor os ant statin drugs, but I am a type 1 diabetic and my cholesterol was starting to climb. My Dr. told me he takes it and feels strongly about its safety, I gave in and took the lowest dose (10mg) 7 weeks later I went from a total of 200 to 144. My trig. are 33. And I only took the lipitor for the first 4 weeks. Answered by Gilberte Wahington 6 months ago.

I don't believe it is. Lipitor is what is called a statin drug meaning that it also helps prevent a heart attack or an oncoming stroke. Statin drugs are great but they are hard on the liver. If you are not obese, your ratios are in place, you do not have (or your family) a history of heart attack or stroke, do not smoke or drink or are diabetic, then Lescol is good for you. But if you have any of the other risk factors, including your age, ask your MD about taking a cholesterol med that is also a statin drug. Some of these are lipitor, zocor, pravachol, vytorin etc....Oh and one more thing, You will absolutely get leg cramps (charley horses). It's normal. Answered by Bell Javens 6 months ago.

lipitor is better by reasearch studies, but lescol can be used effectively if lipitor is not covered or giving side effects, etc good luck Answered by Xenia Speight 6 months ago.

Can lescol ( Fluvastatin) cause thrush or a white tongue?
I have had thrush for a month and been taking nystatin for it. It started getting better. I have a week ago stopped taking my lescol for high cholesterol because i think it may be why i got the white tongue. Am still on my nystatin and started to take my lescol again a few days ago and my tongue is beginning to... Asked by Carlena Zehrer 6 months ago.

I have had thrush for a month and been taking nystatin for it. It started getting better. I have a week ago stopped taking my lescol for high cholesterol because i think it may be why i got the white tongue. Am still on my nystatin and started to take my lescol again a few days ago and my tongue is beginning to burn again. I have tried looking for side effects of lescol but have not found one that has to do with thrush... Anyone ever have that problem? Answered by Cordie Youngberg 6 months ago.

I'm not aware of that as a common or even uncommon side effect of fluvastatin. If you've had the thrush confirmed as that then it's probably what it is and I have really no useful ideas, but I know that some allergic reactions to medications can present as a thrush-looking rash on the inside of the mouth. This might be more likely if it's only one side of your mouth or tongue as opposed to covering it. Answered by Arlie Millien 6 months ago.

Is it safe to take policosanol when taking lescol also?
Asked by Marget Nixa 6 months ago.

ask a Doctor . i don't know . Answered by Sanjuana Widgeon 6 months ago.

Which of the followong is a cholesterol-lowering drug that works by inhibiting an enzyme called HMG-CoA?
Cholestyramine resin (Questran) Doxazosin )Cardura) Fenofibrate (Tricor) Fluvastatin (Lescol) Asked by Marni Fye 6 months ago.

The fluvastatin. Answered by Edwin Terboss 6 months ago.

Fluvastatin. Any drug in the 'statin' family is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, which causes the cell to lack the ability to synthesize cholesterol. To make up for the lack of cholesterol, the cell draws it out of the blood, thereby reducing plasma cholesterol. Answered by Alisa Drawec 6 months ago.

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Niacin pin prickles. Bad? Worth it?
I was taking 1500 mg of Slo-Niacin a day on the advice of my nurse practitioner for cholesterol. Due to a rash, I reduced ithe time-released niacin to 1000 mg. After a month of that dosage, I stopped it, due to rash and skin tingling like pin pricks. I can't take Lipitor or Lescol XL due to extreme effects,... Asked by Cathern Awalt 6 months ago.

I was taking 1500 mg of Slo-Niacin a day on the advice of my nurse practitioner for cholesterol. Due to a rash, I reduced ithe time-released niacin to 1000 mg. After a month of that dosage, I stopped it, due to rash and skin tingling like pin pricks. I can't take Lipitor or Lescol XL due to extreme effects, like a bad case of flu & muscle achiness & dizziness, etc. I take fish oil capsules daily, and I have 1/4 cup flax seeds, which I grind and put into water with Crystal Light. I have cut out margarine and butter for the most part. I exercise pretty regularly. But I still have bad cholesterol numbers. I was hoping that niacin would help. But I am now off niacin completely. Is it bad for me, like the cholesterol RX's were? Answered by Otelia Orea 6 months ago.

Your NP could use a lesson in treatment of cholesterol. The only good long acting niacin product on the market @ this time is Niaspan. It is a pelleted form of immediate release niacin that is realeased over ~ 12 hours. Niacin is primarily used for treating hypertryglycidemia, elevations in triglycerides, not generally for elevated cholesterol. Slow release preparations of niacin have been shown to be potentially dangerous and may increase cardiovascular problems! Niacin itself is a drug that you need to work up to the proper dose slowly, because the #1 reason for stopping it is flushing and itching. The usual starting dose of Niaspan is only 500 mgs and it is suggested that you stay on it until all flushing stops. It is also suggested that you take Ibuprofen or benedryl about 15 minutes before you take the niacin, in order to stop flushing. It is also recommended that you take it at bedtime so that the flushing will occur while you are sleeping. There are several anti-cholesterol medications that may help that are unrelated to lipitor and lescol. Zetia is one of them, and it works by reducing absorption of cholesterol from the GI tract. There is a super concentrated form of fish oil called Omacor that has also been shown to be of benefit in reducing cholesterol. The daily dose of Omacor is 800 mg. twice daily and is equivalent to taking 12-14 fish oil caplets at a time. Plant sterols and stanols have been shown to help lower cholesterol in low doses, but can cause a stanol overdose syndrome if overdone, So the dose is 1 or 2 tablets twice a day. Use Cholest-off by Nature Made! It is not recommended that you stop Niacin the way you did, because to restart it, you will have to endure several days of flushing. Niacin can have side effects of elevating your Uric Acid levels which can lead to Gout. It can also elevate you blood sugar and cause a syndrome indistinguishable from type 2 diabetes mellitus, therefore your NP should monitor both your blood glucose and uric acid levels as well as your kidney function. The prime goal in lowering your cholesterol is to get your LDL cholesterol below 70 (new value) or 100 (old value). You should increase your HDL to over 55 and preferably over 60. This can be done by exercising, not smoking, and being female. Your total cholesterol should be below 130 (new value) and 150 (old value). Tryglycerides (circulating fats) should be below 150. There is some evidence that triglycerides are nearly as important as cholesterol in developing vascular disease and should be treated aggressively if necessary. Besides niacin, a drug called Tricor has been used to treat this. Exercise, Diet and Weight Loss are also important factors in controlling triglycerides and cholesterol. Do not smoke as this raises your bad cholesterol (LDL and VLDL) levels and lowers your good cholesterol levels (HDL). There are some familial diseases known as hyperlipidemias which are inherited problems with handling cholesterol and/or triglycerides that may make you problem worse if you have one of them. I suggest you sit down, talk to your NP and have her explain exactly what your condition is and ask why you are on Niacin and not Niaspan and ask what her plans are with you. Also I feel that you should begin Omacor and Zetia if necessary to lower cholesterol and Tricor if necessary to lower triglycerides. Flax seeds are good unless you have diverticulosis. Margarine is probably not safe at all, stick with olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, and other monosaturated oils or small amounts of butter Good Luck Answered by Erin Squarciafico 6 months ago.

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Do any of these rx drugs get you ****** up.?!?
not looking for remarks.. asking.. DUH ! Asked by Analisa Sayavong 6 months ago.

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no. stop going through medicine cabinets and go buy some weed or something.... Answered by Tari Ladue 6 months ago.

no. thats all crap Answered by Roxy Rothove 6 months ago.

Are there any side affects of cholestrol reducing drugs?
Asked by Lory Denardi 6 months ago.

Hi, I am a dcotor.. Statins are a group of drugs which are widely used to reduce cholesterol.. There are currently 6 statins on the market: atorvastatin (Lipitor) fluvastatin (Lescol) lovastatin (Mevacor) pravastatin (Pravachol) simvastatin (Zocor) rosuvastatin (Crestor) A seventh statin, cerivastatin (Baycol) was removed from the market during the summer of 2001 because of potentially serious side effects. What Are the Common Side Effects of Statins? The most common side effects of the statins are gastrointestinal -- nausea, gas, upset stomach. Less common are headache, dizziness, rash, and sleep disturbances (sleep disturbances appear to be more common with atorvastatin and simvastatin.) Statins cause elevations in liver enzymes in 1 of 100 patients. While blood tests should be checked after a few weeks of treatment, there is little evidence that statins ever cause serious or permanent liver damage.however, if the liver enzyme level goes more than 3 times normal and keeps persistently high, then the drug needs to be stopped. otherwise, it can be continued.. Statins cause a muscle disorder producing muscle weakness, and occasionally pain, in 1 of 1,000 patients. If muscle destruction is widespread, kidney failure and death can result. An exaggerated and potentially fatal form of this muscle disorder is the reason cerivastatin (Baycol) was removed from the market. Rosuvastatin was also seen to cause the severe form of muscle disorder, but only with the 80 mg dose (doses up to only 40 mg are approved.) Rosuvastatin also was reported to cause a poorly-explained kidney disorder in some patients with the 80 mg (unapproved) dose. Feel free to write to me or visit www.medicguide.org this is a site done by me and my doctor friends to answer all your health queries for free... Answered by Darius Rousseau 6 months ago.

since first being prescribed statins 12 years ago, besides the muscle aches, ocular migraines, etc., I also developed REM behavioral sleep disorder. The sleep expert only gave me muscle relaxers which did not remedy the symptoms in the least. He and the cardiologist at this time are both fired. Answered by Ryann Hornyak 6 months ago.

One common side effect is aching muscles. Answered by Edwin Cearns 6 months ago.

I'm taking Vitorin, and I don't notice any. OTOH, I don't know if they're doing any good either. Answered by Rosena Karl 6 months ago.

probably- just don't get high cholestrol in the first place. Answered by Frieda Donofrio 6 months ago.

Yes, there will be an imbalance of your T1 & T2s in your gut. Answered by Jospeh Hatchcock 6 months ago.

What are statins?
What are statins? What are they used for? What are their advantages and disadvantages? Asked by Antoine Wickersheim 6 months ago.

What are Statins? While best known as drugs that lower cholesterol, statins have several other beneficial effects that may also improve cardiac risk, and that may turn out to be even more important than their cholesterol-reducing properties. Common statins available are: Lipitor (atorvastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), Zocor (simvastatin) and Crestor (rosuvastatin) What are they used for? Most people think of statins primarily as cholesterol-lowering drugs. Statins improve blood cholesterol levels primarily by inhibiting a liver enzyme called HMG Co-A reductase, thus reducing the liver's ability to make cholesterol. Statins cause a significant reduction in LDL "bad" cholesterol levels, a moderate reduction in triglyceride levels, and a small increase in levels of HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol). Advantages: In addition to lowering cholesterol, however, statins have several other effects that are helpful in patients known or likely to have CAD. These beneficial effects include: Reducing the size of plaques in the arteries, Stabilizing plaques, so they are less likely to rupture (and therefore less likely to cause acute heart attacks), Reducing inflammation (which is now thought to be an important component of plaque formation and rupture), Reducing CRP levels, Decreasing blood clot formation (Blood clot formation at the site of plaque rupture is the cause of most heart attacks) and Improving overall vascular function Disadvantages: They can cause, Nausea, gas, upset stomach. Less common are headache, dizziness, rash, and sleep disturbances, elevations in liver enzymes, a muscle disorder producing muscle weakness, and pain and occasionally produce cognitive effects (difficulty with concentration or thought) Answered by Millie Budnick 6 months ago.

I all so was taking Lipitor for cholesterol, but then my doctor switched me to Caduet. A combination Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure medication, for several years. I have not experienced any more than normal short term memory loss. My long term memory is just find. Now because of financial and no medical I can not afford to take that medication. and still see no change. I have also heard on the news within the last month or so that the cholesterol medications do not give appreciably any major cholesterol lowering capabilities to warrant the taking of these drugs. And it is not a life or death situation. They feel it is just a ruse by the pharmaceutical company's to push these drugs on people in order to make themselves more money. Diet and exercise will do the same thing and better. And you can keep the money in your pocketbook. Answered by January Vanleuven 6 months ago.

My Dr has me on satins so far all of them cause muscle pain so more intense others less?
The Dr told me if the muscle pain is bareable to keep taking the current statin Lescol . I don't feel comfortable taking any statin when it's states muscle pain is serious problem. What do others think ? Asked by Michale Kirchausen 6 months ago.

I can't buy into any therapy that has the amount of known side effects that statins do. Most doctors that I deal with go right to statin therapy and bypass what the guidelines are for cholesterol reduction. The national standard is dietary modification including adding a good quality fiber and plant sterols. I've rarely seen them take patients through that first. There are very effective ways to change the diet (not always the tastiest stuff in the world) and a few good fiber sources around that I'm aware of. I would aggressively do (not try...says Yoda) those and show the doc the results so you can get off the drug. Personally, I'd stop taking it right away but that's just me. Hope this helps. Jeff the nurse in Nashville (Cardiac ICU) Answered by Tiesha Copsey 6 months ago.

First the doctor is a quack, it clearly states that with any statin drug if there is a reaction like you are having STOP!! Second, why keep using something with side effects when there are alternatives shown to be as or more effective, that have no side effects. Answered by Buffy Zhang 6 months ago.

You can try Zetia or ezetimibe which should not cause muscle pain along with regular exercise and low fat diet. Zocor mentioned in one of the precious answers is a statin (simvastatin). Answered by Makeda Emmette 6 months ago.

I can't take statins either. Dr. put me on zetia, zocor and fish oil. Answered by Reva Bertella 6 months ago.

when i went on statins i was told if you ache stop taking them . Answered by Rolando Holcomb 6 months ago.

if you doctor has you on satins I would try to get him to let you switch to silk. You'll be much more comfortable and notice the difference Answered by Nicole Subert 6 months ago.

What are the available statins drugs?
Asked by Ruby Matus 6 months ago.

Generic Name - Brand Name: Atorvastatin - Lipitor Fluvastatin - Lescol Lovastatin - Mevacor Mevastatin - Naturally-occurring compound Pitavastatin - Livalo, Pitava Pravastatin - Pravachol Rosuvastatin - Crestor Simvastatin - Zocor Answered by Keenan Cavalieri 6 months ago.


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