Clinical data
Trade names Lescol, others
AHFS/Drugs.com Monograph
MedlinePlus a694010
  • AU: D
  • US: X (Contraindicated)
Routes of
By mouth (capsules, tablets)
ATC code C10AA04 (WHO)
Legal status
Legal status
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 24–30%[1][2]
Protein binding >98%[2]
Metabolism Hepatic: CYP2C9 (75%), CYP3A4 (20%), CYP2C8 (5%)[2][3]
Biological half-life 1–3 hours (capsule), 9 hours (XR formulations)[2][3]
Excretion Faeces (95%), urine (5%)[2]
CAS Number 93957-54-1 YesY
PubChem (CID) 446155
DrugBank DB01095 YesY
ChemSpider 393587 YesY
UNII 4L066368AS YesY
KEGG D07983 YesY
ChEBI CHEBI:38565 YesY
ECHA InfoCard 100.224.327
Chemical and physical data
Formula C24H26FNO4
Molar mass 411.466 g/mol
3D model (Jmol) Interactive image

Fluvastatin (INN,[4] trade names Lescol, Canef, Vastin) is a member of the statin drug class, used to treat hypercholesterolemia and to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Adverse effects

Adverse effects are comparable to other statins. Common are nausea, indigestion, insomnia and headache. Myalgia (muscle pain), and rarely rhabdomyolysis, characteristic side effects for statins, can also occur.[5]


Contrary to lovastatin, simvastatin and atorvastatin, fluvastatin has no relevant interactions with drugs that inhibit the liver enzyme CYP3A4, and a generally lower potential for interactions than most other statins. Fluconazole, a potent inhibitor of CYP2C9, does increase fluvastatin levels.[5]


Mechanism of action

Main article: Statin

Fluvastatin works by blocking the liver enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which facilitates an important step in cholesterol synthesis.[1]


The drug is quickly and almost completely (98%) absorbed from the gut. Food intake slows down absorption, but does not decrease it. Due to its first-pass effect, bioavailability is lower: about 24–30%[1][2] according to different sources. Over 98% of the substance is bound to plasma proteins.[1]

Several cytochrome P450 enzymes (mainly CYP2C9, but also CYP3A4 and CYP2C8)[6] are involved in the metabolism of fluvastatin, which makes is less liable to interactions than most other statins. The main metabolite is inactive and is called "N-desisopropyl propionic acid" in the literature.[1][5]

93–95% of the drug are excreted via the feces, less than 2% of which in form of the original substance.[1]


Fluvastatin has also been shown to exhibit antiviral activity against hepatitis C virus in a study with 31 patients. This effect has been described as modest, variable, and often short-lived, by the authors.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Haberfeld, H, ed. (2015). Austria-Codex (in German). Vienna: Österreichischer Apothekerverlag.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Neuvonen, PJ; Backman, JT; Niemi, M (2008). "Pharmacokinetic comparison of the potential over-the-counter statins simvastatin, lovastatin, fluvastatin and pravastatin.". Clinical Pharmacokinetics. 47 (7): 463–74. doi:10.2165/00003088-200847070-00003. PMID 18563955.
  3. 1 2 "Lescol, Lescol XR (fluvastatin) dosing, indications, interactions, adverse effects, and more". Medscape Reference. WebMD. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  4. "International Nonproprietary Names for Pharmaceutical Substances (INN). Recommended International Nonproprietary Names (Rec. INN): List 30" (PDF). World Health Organization. 1990. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 Dinnendahl, V, Fricke, U, eds. (2012). "Arzneistoff-Profile" (in German). 2 (26 ed.). Eschborn, Germany: Govi Pharmazeutischer Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7741-9846-3.
  6. Lescol Monograph on Drugs.com.
  7. Bader T, Fazili J, Madhoun M, et al. (April 2008). "Fluvastatin Inhibits Hepatitis C Replication in Humans". Am. J. Gastroenterol. 103 (6): 1383–9. doi:10.1111/j.1572-0241.2008.01876.x. PMID 18410471.
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