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Cerivastatin is used in the treatment of primary hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol in blood) and other types of familial dyslipidemia (excess cholesterol/fats in the blood due to genetic abnormality) in addition to diet and exercise. It is also used in the treatment of secondary hypercholesterolemia (excess cholesterol in the blood due to other underlying disease conditions e.g. Diabetes mellitus, use of steroids, Thyroid disorders)

How it works

Cerivastatin belongs to a group of medicines called as HMG-COA reductase inhibitors or statins. It works by decreasing the levels of cholesterol in the body.

Common side effects

Allergic skin rash, Muscle pain, Joint pain, Chills, Sore throat, Diarrhoea, Headache, Nasal congestion


Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor before taking cerivastatin if you have a history of liver disorders or epilepsy or problems with your hormones or kidneys.
  • Inform your doctor before taking cerivastatin if you regularly consume alcohol or are about to undergo any surgery or taking a medicine called gemfibrozil.
  • You may need to undergo regular tests to check liver problems while taking this medicine.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience muscle pain or weakness as cerivastatin can cause serious damage to muscles and kidney.

Frequently asked questions



Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)