PRESCRIBED FOR: Fluvastatin in conjunction with diet is used for reducing total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides as well as for increasing HDL cholesterol. It also is used for reducing the risks of coronary revascularization procedures and slows the progression of coronary atherosclerosis (plaque accumulation) in individuals with coronary heart disease.
SIDE EFFECTS: Minor side effects of fluvastin include:
Major side effects include:
- abdominal pain or cramps,
- blurred vision,
- easy bruising or bleeding,
- muscle pain or cramps,
- rash, and
- yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Inflammation of the muscles caused by statins can lead to a serious breakdown of muscle cells called rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis causes the release of muscle protein (myoglobin) into the blood. Myoglobin can cause kidney failure and even death. When used alone, statins cause rhabdomyolysis in less than one percent of patients. To prevent the development of rhabdomyolysis, patients taking fluvastatin should contact their health care professional immediately if they develop unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or muscle tenderness.
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