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Baycol

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(Generic versions may still be available.)

Baycol

PATIENT INFORMATION

BAYCOL®
(cerivastatin sodium tablets)

Read this information carefully before you start taking your medicine. Read the information you get with your medicine each time you refill your prescription. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor.

What is Baycol® (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) ?

Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) [BAY-call] is a prescription medicine that reduces the total amount of cholesterol that your body makes. It also lowers the level of your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) is used by adults with high cholesterol, when diet and exercise have not lowered cholesterol enough. You should follow a diet low in fat and cholesterol and exercise regularly when taking Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) .

Who should not take Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) ?

Do not take Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) if you

  • Take Lopid (gemfibrozil).
  • Take certain other medicines. Tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements. You can get serious muscle problems that can lead to kidney failure if you take Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) with some medicines. One of these medicines is Lopid (gemfibrozil).
  • Are pregnant or breast feeding or if you may become pregnant. Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) may harm the baby.
  • Have liver disease or possible liver problems.

Tell your doctor if you had liver problems in the past or if you drink a lot of alcohol (three (3) or more drinks per day). Your doctor may want to start you on the lower doses of Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) and check you more often.

Tell your doctor if you will have major surgery, have been badly injured, have epilepsy, problems with your hormones or serious kidney problems. You may need to stop taking Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) for a while.

Children should not take Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) .

How should I take Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) ?

Take Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) once a day in the evening, at about the same time each day. Swallow it whole with liquid.

You can take it with or without food.

If you are taking Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) for the first time, your daily dose should be 0.4mg or lower.

If you miss your daily dose, do not take two doses the next day. Rather, skip the dose and go back to your regular schedule on the next day. Do not take 2 doses at one time.

Continue with your diet and exercise program while taking Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) .

Your doctor may do blood tests to check for liver problems before you start taking Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) , at 6 and 12 weeks after you start taking it, and then every 6 months. Your blood should also be checked if your dose is increased.

What should I avoid while taking Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) ?

Do not

  • Take Lopid (gemfibrozil)
  • Breast feed since Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) can pass through the milk and may harm the baby.
  • Take Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) while you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) , stop taking it and tell your doctor right away.
  • Take certain other medicines. Ask your doctor what medicines you should not take.

What are the possible side effects of Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) ?

The most common complaints from patients taking Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) are headache, sore throat, runny nose, stuffy nose, joint and muscle pain, diarrhea, and rash. If you develop these or other symptoms that you think may be caused by Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) , contact your doctor.

Muscle and kidney problems. If you experience any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness at any time during treatment with Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) , you should notify your doctor immediately. Rarely, there is a risk of muscle breakdown resulting in kidney damage. The risk of this breakdown is greater in

patients taking certain other drugs along with Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) such as Lopid® (gemfibrozil) as well as cyclosporine, fibric acid derivatives, erythromycin, azole antifungals or lipid-lowering doses of niacin. If you are uncertain whether you are taking one of these medications, speak with your doctor. Because of these risks, your doctor should carefully monitor you for any muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, particularly during the initial months of treatment, if the dose of Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) is increased, or if you are a woman over 65 years of age.

Tell your doctor right away if you get unexpected muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, especially if you also have a fever or feel sick. These may be sign of a serious side effect.

Liver problems. Some patients taking Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) have blood tests that show possible liver problems. Your doctor will check your liver function with blood tests.

General advice about prescription medicines

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for conditions that are not described in patient information leaflets. This medicine is for your use only. Never give it to other people. Do not use Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Ask your doctor if you have any questions. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about Baycol (cerivastatin (removed from market 8/2001)) that was written for health care professionals.

This information does not take the place of discussions with your doctor or health care professional about your medical condition or your treatment. See your health care professional for full prescribing information.

Last reviewed on RxList: 4/17/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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