Side Effects of Fluvastatin
Common fluvastatin side effects may include headache, nausea, and diarrhea. Most side effects are minor and can easily be treated, but there are a number of side effects that may require immediate medical attention. If you experience unexplained muscle pain, vomiting, and itching, contact your healthcare provider right away.
Just like any medicine, side effects can occur with fluvastatin (Lescol®). However, not everyone who takes the drug will have side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. In previous research studies, up to 1 percent of people stopped taking fluvastatin because of side effects.
If you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness while taking fluvastatin, especially if you also have a fever or feel ill, it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with fluvastatin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of fluvastatin side effects with you.)
Some side effects with fluvastatin, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
- Signs of liver damage, such as:
- Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
- Upper-right abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Elevated liver enzymes (see Lescol and Liver Problems)
- Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever or feel ill (which may be signs of serious breakdown of muscle, known as rhabdomyolysis)
- Memory loss (see Lescol and Memory Loss)
- Significant, unexplained changes in the amount of urine you produce (which may be a sign of kidney problems)
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- A rash
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat.