Fluvastatin is a medication commonly used for the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglycerides. For people with heart disease, it can also decrease the chances of requiring a heart procedure (such as angioplasty or open heart surgery) and reduce the rate of cholesterol buildup on the arteries. The drug works by blocking a particular enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body.
As with any medicine, side effects can occur with fluvastatin, but not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or a healthcare professional.
The most common side effects thought to be related to fluvastatin include:
Keep in mind that if you experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever or you feel ill, it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately. This could be a sign of a serious, life-threatening muscle problem.
(Click Side Effects of Fluvastatin to learn more, including additional serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
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