GENERIC NAME: CERIVASTATIN - ORAL (seh-RIV-uh-stat-in)
BRAND NAME(S): Baycol
USES: Cerivastatin is used to lower cholesterol and fats in the blood to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. This drug has been withdrawn from the U.S. market due to safety or effectiveness problems.
HOW TO USE: Take exactly as directed by mouth, usually once daily in the evening with or without food. The usual starting dose is 0.4 mg even if you have been taking other cholesterol-lowering drugs. Dosage is based on your medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, since many of the drugs listed in the Drug Interactions section may increase the chances of muscle injury when used with this drug. When used with cholestyramine, cerivastatin should be taken about 5 hours (or more) after taking cholestyramine. The full cholesterol-lowering effect of this drug usually occurs within 4 weeks.
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