To lower cholesterol to slow the buildup of cholesterol in arteries and reduce the need for procedures to unclog arteries in adults with heart disease
Lescol has NOT been shown to prevent heart attacks or stroke. FDA also approved Lescol to lower LDL "bad" cholesterol, raise HDL "good" cholesterol, and lower triglycerides in adults and children 10 years and older with abnormal cholesterol levels from a genetic condition.
Who might consider taking it?
Adults with high cholesterol and heart disease
What is not known
Not studied in people with Fredrickson Types I, III, IV, or V dyslipidemias
Not studied in children younger than age 9
Not tested for longer than 2 years in children younger than age 18 with high cholesterol. Long-term benefits of taking Lescol in childhood are not known.
Long track record means that new‚ unexpected side effects are unlikely
Lescol was originally approved by FDA in 1993 for high cholesterol and approved for prevention of heart revascular procedures in 2003. Since Lescol has now been used by large numbers of people over a long time‚ the emergence of important side effects is less likely than with new drugs.
No FDA-required studies at approval
Do not take if you...
Are allergic to Lescol or its ingredients
Have liver disease
Including people who have unexplained high liver inflammation blood tests
Are pregnant or may become pregnant
Lescol may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant, stop taking Lescol.
Not recommended if you...
No other reasons listed by FDA
Safe if pregnant or breastfeeding?
Do not take: Controlled human studies show Lescol harms baby and potential benefits do not outweigh potential harms (FDA Category X)
Do not breastfeed - Lescol gets into breast milk and can harm baby
Not a member? Sign up today for a free Limited account and access up to 5 drugs during our beta trial.
This information is meant to enhance communication with your health care provider, not replace it. The content here is meant to educate consumers on health care and medical issues that may affect their daily lives. Nothing in this content should be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or constitute the practice of any medical or other professional health care advice. You should always talk to your health care provider for diagnosis and treatment, including your specific medical needs. This product does not represent or warrant any particular service or product is safe, appropriate or effective for you. See terms for more details.