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Generic Name: fluvastatin (FLOO va sta tin)
Brand Name: Lescol, Lescol XL
Physician reviewed fluvastatin patient information - includes fluvastatin description, dosage and directions. Average Savings for fluvastatin (generic): 63.55%
Generic Name: fluvastatin (FLOO va sta tin)
Brand Name: Lescol, Lescol XL
Physician reviewed fluvastatin patient information - includes fluvastatin description, dosage and directions. Average Savings for fluvastatin (generic): 63.55%
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Fluvastatin Drug Information:

Fluvastatin is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL), and to lower triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood). Fluvastatin is used to slow the build-up of plaque (fatty deposits) in your blood vessels. Fluvastatin is also used to lower the risk of heart complications in certain people with coronary heart disease. Fluvastatin is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old. Learn more

Fluvastatin Side Effects

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: dyspepsia, myalgia, and accidental injury. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to fluvastatin: oral capsule, oral tablet extended release

Along with its needed effects, fluvastatin may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking fluvastatin:

More common

  • Chills
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • joint pain
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle aches and pain
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Less common

  • Bladder pain
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • cough producing mucus
  • dark-colored urine
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • difficulty with breathing
  • difficulty with moving
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • hives
  • itching
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle cramps, spasms, or stiffness
  • muscular pain, tenderness, wasting, or weakness
  • pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • skin rash
  • tightness in the chest

Some side effects of fluvastatin may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • indigestion
  • stomach discomfort, upset, or pain

Less common

  • Bloated or full feeling
  • excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • passing gas
  • unable to sleep

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to fluvastatin: oral capsule, oral tablet extended release


The most frequently reported side effects were headache, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, nausea, and myalgia.


Common (1% to 10%): Myalgia, arthritis, arthropathy, arthralgia, pain in extremity, back pain

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Muscular weakness, myopathy

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Rhabdomyolysis, myositis, lupus erythematosus-like syndrome

Frequency not reported: Immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy

Postmarketing reports: Muscle cramps, muscle spasms


Common (1% to 10%): ALT increased, AST increased

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hepatitis

Postmarketing reports: Chronic active hepatitis, cholestatic jaundice, fatty change in liver, cirrhosis, fulminant hepatic necrosis, fatal hepatic failure, nonfatal hepatic failure, gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase increased, bilirubin increased


Common (1% to 10%): Dyspepsia, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, flatulence, tooth disorder, upper abdominal pain, constipation, gastric disorder

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Pancreatitis

Postmarketing reports: Vomiting


Common (1% to 10%): Rash

Rare (0.01% to 0.1%): Urticaria

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Angioedema, face edema, eczema, dermatitis, bullous exanthema

Postmarketing reports: Bullous dermatitis, alopecia, pruritus, skin nodules, skin discoloration, dry skin/mucous membranes, hair/nails changed


Very common (10% or more): Upper respiratory tract infection (16.2%)

Common (1% to 10%): Sinusitis, bronchitis, nasopharyngitis, exertional dyspnea, pharyngitis, rhinitis, cough


Common (1% to 10%): Influenza-like symptoms, accidental trauma, fatigue, peripheral edema, blood transaminases increased, creatine phosphokinase increased

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Chest pain

Postmarketing reports: Vertigo, alkaline phosphatase increased

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness, syncope

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Paresthesia, dysesthesia, hypoesthesia

Postmarketing reports: Tremor, peripheral nerve palsy, peripheral neuropathy, dysfunction of cranial nerve, alteration of taste, extra-ocular movement impaired, facial paresis, cognitive impairment, memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, memory impairment


Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infection

Postmarketing reports: Erectile dysfunction, gynecomastia


Common (1% to 10%): Atrial fibrillation, hypertension, intermittent claudication

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Vasculitis


Very rare (less than 0.01%): Thrombocytopenia


Frequency not reported: Myoglobinuria, acute renal failure


Common (1% to 10%): Allergy

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Anaphylactic reaction


An apparent hypersensitivity syndrome was reported rarely and included one or more of the following: anaphylaxis, angioedema, lupus erythematosus-like syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica, vasculitis, purpura, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, hemolytic anemia, positive antinuclear antibodies, erythrocyte sedimentation rate increased, eosinophilia, arthritis, arthralgia, urticaria, asthenia, photosensitivity reaction, fever, chills, flushing, malaise, dyspnea, toxic epidermal necrolysis, erythema multiforme, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypersensitivity reaction


Postmarketing reports: Hepatoma


Postmarketing reports: Thyroid function abnormal


Common (1% to 10%): Insomnia

Postmarketing reports: Anxiety, depression, psychic disturbances, loss of libido, confusion


Frequency not reported: HbA1c increased, serum glucose increased

Postmarketing reports: Anorexia


Postmarketing reports: Cataracts progressed, lens opacity, ophthalmoplegia

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/27/2021.

Source: Drugs.com Fluvastatin (www.drugs.com/mtm/fluvastatin.html).