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Lescol XL

Lescol XL is a type of medication called a statin. It contains the active ingredient fluvastatin, and is used to lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, also known as “bad” cholesterol) in people who have high levels of it in their blood. It’s also sometimes given to people who’ve already had a heart catheterisation to prevent further serious events to do with the heart.

Lescol XL helps the body to produce less LDL, meaning that it shouldn’t build up in the arteries and cause a blockage to the heart and brain. Your dosage will depend on your condition and the amount of LDL found in your blood during an initial test.


Prices start from £39.99 for 28 tablets


Last patient information leaflet review: 15/01/2020



See Lescol XL Patient Information Leaflet

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  • You should stop taking your statins if you notice muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, and seek medical help
  • Take your medication at the same time every day
  • Don't stop taking statins without the advice of your own doctor unless you're experiencing muscular symptoms
  • You shouldn't drink grapefruit juice whilst taking statins
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  • Fusidic acid
  • Ciclosporin
  • Fibrates such as gemfibrozil
  • Nicotinic acid
  • Bile acid sequestriants
  • Fluconazole
  • Rifampicin
  • Phenytoin
  • Anticoagulants
  • Glubenclamide
  • Colchicines
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  • Liver disease or other liver problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Personal or family history of muscular disorder
  • History of muscular symptoms with medicines for high cholesterol in the past
  • Alcohol problems (regularly drinking a lot of alcohol)
  • Serious infection
  • Very low blood pressure
  • Excessive muscle exercise
  • About to have an operation
  • Metabolic, endocrine or electrolyte disorders
  • Severe respiratory failure
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  • You have an allergy or hypersensitivity to fluvastatin or other, similar statin medications
  • You've used this treatment before and suffered from serious side effects
  • You're already taking fluvastatin for a condition other than high cholesterol
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What is Lescol XL?

Lescol XL is a brand of medicine that’s prescribed to patients that have been diagnosed with a high level of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in their blood. It’s prescribed when lifestyle changes such a diet and exercise can’t control the condition on their own. Lescol XL is also prescribed to those who’ve had a heart catheterisation to prevent future serious cardiac events.

How does Lescol XL work?

Lescol XL works by inhibiting a certain enzyme in the liver. This enzyme is essential for the production of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

When this enzyme is partially blocked, the production of LDL (“bad” cholesterol) is slowed down, meaning that there isn’t as much of it in the blood. This stops the LDL from building up on the walls of the arteries and blocking blood flow to vital organs such as the heart and brain.

The lower level of LDL in the blood means that there are also higher levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein, also known as “good” cholesterol).

Can I take Lescol XL?

Because Lescol XL affects the way certain parts of your body work, there are some people that might not be able to take it due to other underlying conditions. These include:

Allergic to Lescol XL/fluvastatin
Liver problems
Pregnant
Breast feeding
Taking fusidic acid
History of liver disease
Thyroid disease
Personal or family history of muscle disease
Muscle problems with other statins
Regular alcohol use
Serious infection
Very low blood pressure
Excessive muscle exercise
Decompensated diabetes
Low blood potassium
Severe respiratory failure
Chronic muscle weakness

You should speak to your doctor if you have any of the conditions listed above, or are suspected of having any of them. Some might mean that it isn’t safe for you to take Lescol XL for the management of your high LDL levels, whereas others might mean that your dosage needs to be adjusted or that you need closely monitoring whilst using Lescol XL.

Does Lescol XL interact with any other medicines?

Lescol XL, like many other medicines, interacts with other drugs. This means that there could potentially be some adverse effects if the medicines are taken together, or one treatment could end up being less effective. To avoid this situation, the list of interactions listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL) are:

  • Bile acid sequestrants
  • Ciclosporin
  • Colchicines
  • Fluconazole
  • Gemfibrozil
  • Glibenclamide
  • Nicotinic acid
  • Phenytoin
  • Warfarin

Some of these medicines belong to the following families of drugs, or treat some of the following conditions:

  • Immunosuppressants
  • Fibrates
  • Medicines to lower cholesterol
  • Antifungals
  • Antibiotics
  • Anticoagulants
  • Medicines for diabetes
  • Medicines for gout

If you aren’t sure if you’re taking any medicines that might interact with Lescol XL, you should note down any and all drugs that you’re currently taking and ask your local pharmacist to review them and if there are any potentially dangerous interactions. If you’re not taking any medicines named above, and don’t have any of the conditions mentioned previously that might stop you from taking Lescol XL, you should be able to take it safely with the approval of your own GP.

What side effects does Lescol XL cause?

Lescol XL has the potential to cause some unpleasant side effects if the dosage is too high or if you can’t tolerate the drug. This sometimes means that you might need to switch the medicine that you’re using, or try a lower dose of the drug. However, in some instances, there are critical side effects that need emergency treatment, and your GP will likely want you to stop taking Lescol XL. These critical side effects are:

  • Muscle degradation (unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness. Usually improves if treatment is withdrawn)
  • Hepatitis (unusual tiredness, fever, jaundice and dark urine)
  • Skin reactions such as hives, rash, redness, itching, and swelling of the face.
  • Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
  • Decreased blood platelets (bleeding or bruising more than usual)
  • Blood vessel inflammation (red or purple skin lesions)
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematous (red blotchy rash on face, fatigue, fever, nausea and loss of appetite)
  • Inflamed pancreas (upper stomach pain)

If you experience any of these symptoms or side effects, you should tell your doctor immediately and seek urgent treatment. Ring either 111 (if symptoms are mild) or 999 if your symptoms are moderate to severe.

Some of the less critical side effects include:

Difficulty sleeping
Headache
Stomach upset
Abdominal pain
Nausea
Abnormal blood results for muscle & liver
Tingling/numbness in hands & feet
Disturbed/decreased sensitivity
Impotence
Constant muscle weakness
Breathing problems
Persistent cough
Diarrhoea
Insomnia
Memory loss
Depression
Diabetes
Inflamamation/irritation of tendon

If you experience any side effects at all, please tell your GP. They may be able to advise you on what you can do to cope with them, or they may review your medication and change it to something more suitable for you.

Can I drive whilst taking Lescol XL?

Most people are able to drive while taking the medication, but you should be aware that Lescol can cause side effects such as memory loss and sleep disturbances. If you feel out of sorts, or are tired due to a disturbed sleeping pattern, you should avoid driving wherever possible. Use public transport or ask friends and family to take you somewhere if you have an appointment.

However, if you feel fine and unaffected, you should be able to drive as you normally would.

How long will Lescol XL take to work?

Lescol XL should start working within a week and begin to lower your LDL levels, but it might take up to a month for you to feel the benefits of the drug.

If you don’t feel any better after 4 weeks, you should go back to your GP and request a blood test to see if the medication is working properly.

Buy Lescol XL

You can buy Lescol XL and other statins or high cholesterol medications from Doctor4U. Before you’ll be able to buy Lescol XL, you’ll need to complete an online consultation form for high cholesterol, just so that one of our doctors can see if it’s a suitable treatment for you.

You can buy Lescol XL from Doctor4U from £39.99 for 28 tablets

You don’t need a separate prescription to buy Lescol XL from us - our GMC registered doctors can generate one for you at no extra cost when you complete a consultation form.

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Take ONE tablet ONCE daily
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