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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.

What Is Lescol XL?

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.
 
(Click Lescol Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes It?

Lescol XL is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
 

How Does It Work?

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:
 
 

When and How to Take Lescol XL

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.
     
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