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Baycol Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is cerivastatin (Baycol)?
- What are the possible side effects of cerivastatin (Baycol)?
- What is the most important information I should know about cerivastatin (Baycol)?
- Who should not take cerivastatin (Baycol)?
- How should I take cerivastatin (Baycol)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Baycol)?
- What happens if I overdose (Baycol)?
- What should I avoid while taking cerivastatin (Baycol)?
- What other drugs will affect cerivastatin (Baycol)?
- Where can I get more information?
Who should not take cerivastatin (Baycol)?
Do not take cerivastatin without first talking to your doctor if you have liver disease.
Before taking cerivastatin, tell your doctor if you
- drink alcoholic beverages,
- have kidney disease,
- have a chronic muscular disease, or
- have seizures or epilepsy.
You may not be able to take cerivastatin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Cerivastatin is in the FDA pregnancy category X. This means that cerivastatin will cause birth defects if it is taken during pregnancy. Cholesterol is very important for the proper development of a baby. Do not take cerivastatin if you are pregnant or are planning a pregnancy.
Cerivastatin passes into breast milk and can harm a nursing infant. Do not take cerivastatin if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take cerivastatin (Baycol)?
Take cerivastatin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. To see beneficial effects from cerivastatin, avoid fatty, high-cholesterol foods. Follow your doctor's directions.
Your doctor may want to monitor your liver function with blood tests before starting treatment with cerivastatin, at six and twelve weeks after both the start of your treatment and any increase in dose, and periodically (every 6 months) thereafter. Depending on the results of these tests, your doctor can determine how much monitoring you will require.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with cerivastatin. The interaction could lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit and grapefruit juice with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
Do not stop taking cerivastatin without first talking to your doctor. It may be weeks or months before beneficial effects from this medication are seen.
Store cerivastatin at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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