What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?Prior to taking fluvastatin extended-release, tell your healthcare provider if you have:
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Lescol and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Lescol and Breastfeeding)
- Drink alcohol frequently.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings of Fluvastatin for more information, including a list of people who should not take the drug.)
Fluvastatin extended-release is part of a class of drugs called statins. The medication works by blocking a particular enzyme, HMG-CoA reductase, that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. This causes the liver to make less cholesterol. Statins also:
- Increase the liver's ability to collect and get rid of LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol")
- Increase HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol")
- Decrease triglycerides.