Lescol XL (Fluvastatin)
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Chemical Name: FLUVASTATIN (FLOO-va-sta-tin)
Lescol XL works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body. Accumulation of cholesterol and fats along the walls of the arteries decreases blood flow and, therefore, the oxygen supply to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. Lowering blood levels of cholesterol and fats may help to prevent heart disease, angina, strokes, and heart attacks.
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medication includes headache, heartburn, stomach pain, upset stomach, sinus pain and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
- Unexplained muscle pain
- Tenderness or weakness
- Confusion memory problems
- Unusual Tiredness
- Dark colored urine
- Pain or burning when you urinate
- Swelling, weight gain
- Urinating less than usual or not at all
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss
- Upper stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Clay-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Product Code: 5473
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