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Fluvastatin is used to decrease the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), good cholesterol in the blood.

How it works

Fluvastatin belongs to a group of medications called statins (lipid-lowering agents) or HMG CoA reductase inhibitors. It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG CoA) that is needed by the body to make cholesterol, and thereby reduces the amount of cholesterol in the blood.

Common side effects

Nausea, Abdominal pain, Headache, Increased creatine phosphokinase level in blood, Indigestion, Insomnia, Muscle pain, Muscle disorder, Fatigue


Expert advice

  • Restrict eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol content. Fluvastatin will be effective in lowering your cholesterol level if you follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially with have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.
  • Do not consume alcohol while taking fluvastatin as it may worsen the side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

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