What is Lescol?
Lescol is used when the cholesterol level is too high, or a combination of excess fat and cholesterol in the blood. Also people with an increased risk of heart-vascular problems benefit from the treatment.
Lescol belongs to a group of medications that are known as statins. These are lipid (fat) regulating medications, which ensure a lower cholesterol level.
How does Lescol work?
Lescol contains the active ingredient fluvastatin. This substance inhibits the production of cholesterol in the liver and thus lowers the cholesterol and fat levels in the blood. It does this by blocking the action of a particular enzyme that is needed to make the lipids. Cholesterol is a chemical compound that the body uses to process fat and transport it through the body. Fats are important for the energy supply in the body. An excess of cholesterol may deposit inside of the blood vessels which causes them to become narrow or blocked. A high cholesterol- or fat level in the blood may be hereditary, but it can also occur because the body produces too much or because you eat too much fatty foods.
Dosage and method of administration
Before you begin with the treatment you should follow a cholesterol lowering diet. This should be continued during treatment. Take one tablet daily. The tablets should be swallowed as a whole with a drink of water, and may be taken with or without food at any time of the day. Do try to take the tablet at the same time every day. Results are only shown after a blood test. It is important to take the medication daily, for at least four weeks, only then the desired effect can be achieved.
Possible side effects
In addition to the effective action, a drug can also cause side effects. Some side effects of Lescol are:
- nasal inflammation, sore throat
- allergic reaction
- increase of blood sugar level
Side effects do not occur with everyone. For the complete overview, see the leaflet in the package.
You should not use this medication if you have a liver disease or if you are pregnant. Immediately stop the treatment and consult a physician if you experience the following symptoms: swelling of the face, fever or blistering / severe rash of the skin.
Some drugs may influence the effect of the drug or may be affected. This type of interaction may reduce the efficacy of one or both medications. Please read the leaflet carefully before use and if you undergo medical treatments you ought to mention the use of Lescol.