Lescol XL is used to treat conditions such as high cholesterol and high triglycerides. The prescription medication is the extended-release version of Lescol immediate-release. It works by blocking a particular enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. This results in the liver producing less cholesterol. Possible side effects include muscle pain, headache, and indigestion.
Lescol® XL (fluvastatin extended-release) is a prescription medication used for treating a number of conditions related to heart disease, including high cholesterol and high triglycerides. It is part of a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, which are more popularly known as statins.
Lescol XL is the extended-release version of Lescol immediate-release. Both medications are approved for the same uses.
Lescol XL is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Lescol XL is part of a class of drugs called statins. It 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. This drug also:
- Increases the liver's ability to collect and get rid of LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol")
- Increases HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol")
- Decreases triglycerides.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Lescol XL include the following:
- Lescol XL comes in tablet form. It is taken once daily by mouth.
- It does not matter what time of day you take your dose, but make sure to take it at the same time each day.
- Lescol XL can be taken with or without food.
- Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water. Do not break, chew, or crush them.
- For Lescol XL to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.