Lescol is a capsule used to treat high cholesterol levels, and reduce the possibility of associated illnesses, such as heart disease. It is a form of drug called a statin, and this works by preventing the way the liver produces and expels fats. Lescol is available as a standard or an extended-release capsule (Lescol XL); and is marketed in the UK by Sandoz (Novartis).
- Standard or extended-release
- Adept at tackling high cholesterol
- Easy to swallow capsule
It is a well-known fact that high levels of cholesterol can be a health risk, but what many people don’t realise is that these fats play an important role in forming healthy cell tissue. The body extracts them from some foods, absorbing them into the body through the small intestine; however, it is the liver which is mostly responsible for the production of cholesterol. This is then exported from the liver and carried to the cells that require it via the bloodstream, in the form of lipoproteins.
There are two main types of lipoproteins: low density, which courier fats out from the liver to various parts of the body; and high density, which carry fats back to the liver, where they are decimated and exit the body through waste. High cholesterol is said to be present when a high level of low density lipoproteins is present. This can cause these fats to amass in the arteries and obstruct the passage of blood, thus increasing the chances that a person will experience heart problems.
The primary course of action for someone with high cholesterol is to address any lifestyle factors which may be contributing towards it. These include a fatty diet, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or a lack of exercise. However, these approaches may not prove sufficient for some, and prescription medication may be advised.
The integral component of Lescol is a statin called fluvastatin. This works in the body, by blocking the function of a particular liver enzyme, which is responsible for turning out fat from the liver. As a result, the level of cholesterol in the body is lowered, easing pressure on the arteries.
Please note that we do not sell this item through our site. Speak to your GP about renewing your prescription for this treatment.
You should make sure before using this product that you: follow the directions issued by your consultant; and have read and understood the guidelines in the patient information leaflet. Taking these measures will aid you in getting the best out of your treatment, and lowering the risk of experiencing adverse effects.
- Use this drug in the manner prescribed.
- It should only be taken alongside a diet and exercise programme to reduce cholesterol.
- A course will usually begin with a low starting dose of one 20mg tablet per day.
- Your doctor may review and adjust your treatment as required.
- Larger daily doses may be split up into two separate administrations.
- Lescol XL tablets should only be taken once a day, as they contain the maximum daily dose and are modified-release.
- Capsules should be swallowed whole with water.
- Never exceed the amount your prescriber has specified.
- Do not compensate for a missed dose by taking double the amount during your next administration. If you forget to take it, try to do so when you remember. However, if your next dose is due within four hours, skip the one you have missed and carry on the course as before.
Please note that the above directions are only intended as a guide. For more detailed instructions, please refer to the leaflet supplied, or ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Although not everyone gets them, it is still important to be aware of the possible side effects a medication may cause, so that you can get help from a doctor if necessary. Seek medical advice right away if you display any signs of the following: an allergic reaction; muscle pain, tenderness or weakness; hepatitis, such as jaundice; low blood platelet count; blood vessel inflammation, such as purple skin blemishes; lupus; or severe stomach pain. More information on these can be located in the patient information leaflet.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Insomnia, headache, stomach discomfort or pain, feeling sick, abnormal muscle or liver blood test values.
Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, or altered sensitivity.
Other possible side effects:
Impotence, loss of memory, depression, cough, shortness of breath, fever or diabetes.
The above is not a comprehensive list of side effects. More detailed information can be found in the leaflet provided with the product.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your prescriber know if you are currently using any other treatments. The following may affect how well Lescol works, or vice versa: ciclosporin; fibrates such as gemfibrozil; nicotinic or bile acid sequestrants; fluconazole; rifampicin; phenytoin; anticoagulants like warfarin; glibenclamide; or colchicines.
Conditions to look out for
This item should not be used by those who have liver problems, or high levels of particular liver enzymes.
It may also be unsuitable for use, or require special administration and close monitoring by those who drink large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis, or have a history of the following: liver or kidney disease; thyroid or muscle disease; serious infections; very low blood pressure; or a metabolic, endocrine or electrolyte illness such as diabetes or low potassium in the blood.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
This medication should not be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
If you are trying to conceive, become pregnant, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding, do not take this medication and speak to your doctor for advice.
It is recommended that you use reliable contraception when using this treatment.
If you are over 70
Your doctor may need to conduct further tests to ensure this treatment is safe.
Can I still drink alcohol?
The consumption of alcohol in large amounts is not recommended while taking this treatment, as it may affect the way it works.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, as long as you experience no side effects which may make doing so unsafe. If you do, refrain from driving and let your doctor know right away.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How should I store it?
Keep it in a safe environment, below 25°C.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Lescol capsules contain: fluvastatin sodium, magnesium stearate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, talc, cellulose microcrystalline, pregelatinised starch, calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide (E171), iron oxide red (E172), gelatin, iron oxide yellow (E172), shellac, propylene glycol and potassium hydroxide.
Lescol XL capsules consist of: fluvastatin sodium, cellulose microcrystalline, hypromellose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, potassium hydrogen carbonate, povidone, magnesium stearate, macrogol 8000, iron oxide yellow (E172) and titanium dioxide (E171).
Do not use these items if you are allergic to any containing ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You can only buy Lescol from a pharmacy in the UK if you have a prescription for it. This is so that a doctor can assess your condition and make sure it is safe for you prior to use.
Is it right for me?
The treatment you take will be decided upon by your GP during your regular cholesterol review. They will issue a prescription for the most suitable medication, if medication is required.
Lescol is not available to buy through our site. See your GP to renew your prescription for this item.
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