Lescol XL is used to lower the amount of cholesterol made by the body. Everyone has cholesterol in their blood. It is a type of fat needed by the body for many things, such as building cells, making bile acids (which help to digest food) and making some hormones. However, having too much cholesterol in the blood can contribute to the development of heart disease.
Cholesterol is present in many foods and is also made by your body. If your body does not balance the amount of cholesterol it makes with the amount of cholesterol you eat, then your cholesterol becomes too high. High cholesterol is more likely to occur with certain diseases or if you have a family history of high cholesterol.
Lescol XL does not reduce the cholesterol that comes from fat in food. Therefore, you also need to follow a low fat diet, control your weight and exercise regularly.
Lescol XL can also be used to help prevent further serious cardiac problems in people with heart disease who have already had cardiac catheterisation to open up the blood vessels in their heart.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription. It is not addictive.
There is not enough information to recommend this medicine for children.
Do not take Lescol XL if you have ever had an allergic reaction to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.
Do not take Lescol XL if you are pregnant.
It may affect your developing baby. If you think there is a possibility that you might become pregnant while you are taking this medicine, your doctor can give you advice about effective contraception.
Do not breast-feed while you are taking Lescol XL.
It is not known if the active ingredient passes into the breast milk and could affect your baby.
Do not take Lescol XL after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
In that case, return it to your pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following health problems / medical conditions:
Your doctor may not want you to take Lescol XL or will monitor you carefully to help prevent side effects during your treatment.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.
Your doctor will want to know if you are prone to allergies.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Lescol XL may interfere with each other. These include:
You may need to take different amounts of your medicines or to take different medicines while you are taking Lescol XL. Your doctor and pharmacist have more information.
If you have not told your doctor about any of these things, tell him/her before you start taking this medicine.
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully.
These instructions may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the label, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
Lescol XL prolonged released tablet is available in 80mg.
To prevent complications in people with heart disease, the usual daily dose is 80 mg.
Take the capsules with a full glass of water.
Lescol XL can be taken anytime of the day.
If you are also taking a medicine called cholestyramine to help lower your cholesterol, take your dose of Lescol XL at least 4 hours after taking the dose of cholestyramine.
These two medicines will interact with one another if they are taken too close together.
Take Lescol XL at about the same time each day.
Taking your medicine at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
Take this medicine for as long as your doctor recommends.
Lescol XL helps to lower your cholesterol but does not cure your condition. You must continue to take it as directed to keep your cholesterol levels down.
If your next dose is not due for more than 4 hours, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time and continue on with your normal schedule.
But, if your next dose is due in less than 4 hours, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the usual time and continue on with your normal schedule.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the one that you missed.
This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone number 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Lescol XL. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. Keep the telephone numbers for these places handy.
If you become pregnant while taking Lescol XL, stop taking it and tell your doctor immediately.
Continue on your cholesterol lowering diet while you are taking Lescol XL.
Have your cholesterol levels checked and any other blood tests done as directed by your doctor.
Regular blood tests will help to make sure the treatment is working and prevent unwanted side effects.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Lescol XL.
Tell any other doctor, dentist or pharmacist who treats you that you are taking Lescol XL.
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their condition seems similar to yours.
Do not take it to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Lescol XL affects you.
There is no information on the possible effects of this medicine on mental alertness. Make sure you know how you react to it before you drive a car, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Lescol XL, even if you do not think it is connected with the medicine.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, but most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by these lists of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Some people may have other side effects not yet known or mentioned in this leaflet.
Keep the medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking Lescol XL or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine you have left over.
Lescol XL 80 mg tablet: yellow, round, slightly biconvex film-coated tablet, marked "LE" on one side and "NVR" on the other; packs of 28.
Lescol XL tablets contain 80 mg of the active ingredient, fluvastatin (as the sodium salt).
They also contain:
Lescol XL does not contain sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.