Dosing With Fluvastatin
Your dosing with fluvastatin will be determined by several factors. These include your age, what you are being treated for, existing medical conditions, and your cholesterol goal. For most people, the recommended starting dosage is fluvastatin 20 mg to 80 mg per day. Your fluvastatin medication should be taken with the evening meal or right before bedtime. If you are taking two doses per day, the other dose can be taken in the morning.
The dosage of fluvastatin (Lescol®) 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 Drug Interactions With Fluvastatin)
- Your cholesterol goal.
As is always the case, do not adjust your fluvastatin dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Fluvastatin comes in two different forms, short-acting fluvastatin capsules and long-acting fluvastatin tablets.
The recommended starting dosage of fluvastatin for people with cholesterol levels 25 percent or higher than their goal is fluvastatin 40 mg capsules once or twice or fluvastatin 80 mg extended-release tablets once a day. For people whose need to lower cholesterol levels by less than 25 percent, the starting dosage may be fluvastatin 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, he or she may choose to increase your dosage. The fluvastatin dosage can also be decreased if side effects occur. The maximum recommended daily dose of fluvastatin is 80 mg.