You can now buy Lescol (fluvastatin sodium) in both brand-name and generic form. The generic versions come in two strengths and have been given an "AB" rating by the FDA. This means they are considered equivalent to brand-name Lescol, although they may contain different inactive ingredients.
Generic Lescol: An Overview
Lescol® (fluvastatin sodium) is a prescription medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. These Lescol uses include the:
- Treatment of high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)
- Treatment of high triglycerides
- Prevention of certain problems in people with heart disease.
Brand-name Lescol is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. However, the medication is also available in generic form.
Availability of Generic LescolGeneric Lescol is available in the following two strengths:
- Fluvastatin 20 mg capsules
- Fluvastatin 40 mg capsules.
Generic Lescol is made by various manufacturers, such as Teva Pharmaceuticals and Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Is Generic Fluvastatin as Good as Lescol?
All generic medications must undergo certain tests to compare them to brand-name medications. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) then looks at these tests to decide if the generics are equivalent to the brand-name medications and assigns a rating to each one.
An "AB" rating means that the FDA has determined that a generic medication is equivalent to a brand-name medication. The generic fluvastatin versions currently available have an "AB" rating, meaning they should be equivalent to Lescol.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This might include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.