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Fluvastatin (FLOO va sta tin)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Lescol; Lescol XL

Brand Names: Canada

Lescol; Lescol XL; Teva-Fluvastatin

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to lower cholesterol.
  • It is used to lower triglycerides.
  • It is used to slow the progress of heart disease.
  • It may be given to your child for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child is taking gemfibrozil.
  • If your child has any of these health problems: Active liver disease or a rise in liver enzymes.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Be sure your child does not take this drug if she is pregnant.
  • Be sure your child does not breast-feed a baby while taking this drug.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of their drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • If your child has high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch his/her blood sugar closely.
  • Have your child follow the diet and workout plan your child’s doctor told you about.
  • Do not give your child more of this drug than what the doctor told you to give. Giving more of this drug than you are told may raise the chance of very bad side effects.
  • Do not give cholestyramine or colestipol within 4 hours of this drug.
  • Have your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Alcohol may interact with this drug. Be sure your child does not drink beer, wine, or mixed drinks.

If your child is or may be sexually active:

  • This drug may cause harm to the unborn baby if your child takes it during pregnancy. If your child gets pregnant while taking this drug, call the doctor right away.
  • Have your child use birth control to prevent pregnancy while taking this drug.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Chest pain.
  • Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • This drug may cause muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. Sometimes, a very bad muscle problem may happen that may lead to kidney problems. Rarely, deaths have happened in people who get these problems when taking drugs like this one. Call the doctor right away if your child has muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness that is not normal (with or without fever or feeling out of sorts). Call the doctor right away if your child has muscle signs that last after the doctor has told you to stop giving this drug.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly liver problems have happened with this drug. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:
  • Headache.
  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Feeling tired or weak.
  • Not able to sleep.
  • Flu-like signs.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

All products:

  • Give this drug at the same time of day.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
  • Give this drug with or without food.
  • Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.
  • Give this drug with a full glass of water.

Capsule:

  • Do not open the capsules.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it has been 12 hours or more since the missed dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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