Your healthcare provider will prescribe your dose of Lescol based on factors such as what you are being treated for and other medications you may be taking. The recommended dose for people with cholesterol levels 25 percent or higher than their goal is Lescol 40 mg or 80 mg daily. For people who need to lower cholesterol levels by less than 25 percent, the starting dosage may be 20 mg.
The dosage of Lescol® (fluvastatin sodium) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking (see Lescol Drug Interactions)
- Your cholesterol goal.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Lescol comes in two different forms: short-acting Lescol capsules and long-acting Lescol XL tablets.
The recommended starting dosage of Lescol for people with cholesterol levels 25 percent or higher than their goal is Lescol 40 mg capsules once or twice a day, or Lescol XL 80 mg once a day. For people who need to lower cholesterol levels by less than 25 percent, the starting dose of Lescol may be 20 mg.
After several weeks, your healthcare provider will recommend that you return to recheck your cholesterol levels. If you have not reached your cholesterol goal at this time, your healthcare provider may choose to increase your Lescol dosage. The dose can also be decreased if side effects occur. The maximum recommended daily dose of Lescol is 80 mg.