Cadaff Xl 80mg Prolonged Release Tablets



Cadaff XL 80 mg prolonged-release tablets


Each Cadaff XL 80 mg prolonged-release tablet contains 84.48 mg fluvastatin sodium equivalent to 80 mg fluvastatin.


For a full list of excipients, see section 6.1.


Prolonged-release tablet

Yellow, round, biconvex tablet embossed with “F” on one side.


4.1 Therapeutic indications


Treatment of adults with primary hypercholesterolaemia or mixed dyslipidaemia, as an adjunct to diet, when response to diet and other nonpharmacological treatments (e.g. exercise, weight reduction) is inadequate.

Secondary prevention in coronary heart disease

Secondary prevention of major adverse cardiac events in adults with coronary heart disease after

percutaneous coronary interventions (see section 5.1).

4.2 Posology and method of administration



Prior to initiating treatment with fluvastatin, patients should be placed on a standard cholesterol-lowering diet, which should be continued during treatment.

Starting and maintenance doses should be individualised according to the baseline LDL-C levels and the treatment goal to be accomplished.

The recommended dosing range is 20 to 80 mg/day. For patients requiring LDL-C reduction to a goal of <25% a starting dose of 20 mg may be used as one capsule in the evening. For patients requiring LDL-C reduction to a goal of >25%, the recommended starting dose is 40 mg as one capsule in the evening. The dose may be uptitrated to 80 mg daily, administered as a single dose (one Cadaff XL tablet) at any time of the day or as one 40 mg capsule given twice daily (one in the morning and one in the evening).

The maximum lipid-lowering effect with a given dose is achieved within 4 weeks. Dose adjustments should be made at intervals of 4 weeks or more.

Secondary prevention in coronary heart disease

In patients with coronary heart disease after percutaneous coronary interventions the appropriate daily dose is 80 mg.

Fluvastatin is efficacious in monotherapy. When fluvastatin is used in combination with cholestyramine or other resins, it should be administered at least 4 hours after the resin to avoid significant interaction due to binding of the drug to the resin. In cases where coadministration with a fibrate or niacin is necessary, the benefit and the risk of concurrent treatment should be carefully considered (for use with fibrates or niacin see section 4.5).

Paediatric population

Children and adolescents with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia

Prior to initiating treatment with fluvastatin in children and adolescents aged 9 years and older with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia, the patient should be placed on a standard cholesterol-lowering diet, and continued during treatment.

The recommended starting dose is one 20 mg fluvastatin capsule. Dose adjustments should be made at 6-week intervals. Doses should be individualised according to baseline LDL-C levels and the recommended goal of therapy to be accomplished. The maximum daily dose administered is 80 mg either as fluvastatin capsules 40 mg twice daily or as one fluvastatin 80 mg tablet once daily.

The use of fluvastatin in combination with nicotinic acid, cholestyramine, or fibrates in children and adolescents has not been investigated.

Fluvastatin has only been investigated in children of 9 years and older with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia.

Renal Impairment

Fluvastatin is cleared by the liver, with less than 6% of the administered dose excreted into the urine. The pharmacokinetics of fluvastatin remain unchanged in patients with mild to severe renal insufficiency. No dose adjustments are therefore necessary in these patients however, due to limited experience with doses >40mg/day in case of severe renal impairment (CrCL <0,5 mL/sec or 30 mL/min), these doses should be initiated with caution.

Hepatic Impairment

Fluvastatin is contraindicated in patients with active liver disease, or unexplained, persistent elevations in serum transaminases (see sections 4.3, 4.4 and 5.2).

Elderly population

No dose adjustments are necessary in this population.

Method of administration

Cadaff XL tablets can be taken with or without meals and should be swallowed as whole with a glass of water.

4.3 Contraindications

Cadaff XL tablets are contraindicated:

•    in patients with known hypersensitivity to fluvastatin or any of the excipients.

•    in patients with active liver disease, or unexplained, persistent elevations in serum transaminases (see sections 4.2, 4.4 and 4.8).

•    during pregnancy and lactation (see section 4.6).

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Liver function

As with other lipid-lowering agents, it is recommended that liver function tests be performed before the initiation of treatment and at 12 weeks following initiation of treatment or elevation in dose and periodically thereafter in all patients. Should an increase in aspartate aminotransferase or alanine aminotransferase exceed 3 times the upper limit of normal and persist, therapy should be discontinued. In very rare cases, possibly drug-related hepatitis was observed that resolved upon discontinuation of treatment.

Caution should be exercised when fluvastatin is administered to patients with a history of liver disease or heavy alcohol ingestion.

Skeletal muscle

Myopathy has rarely been reported with fluvastatin. Myositis and rhabdomyolysis have been reported very rarely. In patients with unexplained diffuse myalgias, muscle tenderness or muscle weakness, and/or marked elevation of creatine kinase (CK) values, myopathy, myositis or rhabdomyolysis have to be considered. Patients should therefore be advised to promptly report unexplained muscle pain, muscle tenderness or muscle weakness, particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever.

Creatine kinase measurement

There is no current evidence to require routine monitoring of plasma total CK or other muscle enzyme levels in asymptomatic patients on statins. If CK has to be measured it should not be done following strenuous exercise or in the presence of any plausible alternative cause of CK increase as this makes the value interpretation difficult.

Before treatment

As with all other statins physicians should prescribe fluvastatin with caution in patients with predisposing factors for rhabdomyolysis and its complications.

A creatine kinase level should be measured before starting fluvastatin treatment in the following situations:

•    Renal impairment.

•    Hypothyroidism.

•    Personal or familial history of hereditary muscular disorders.

•    Previous history of muscular toxicity with a statin or fibrate.

•    Alcohol abuse.

•    In elderly (age > 70 years), the necessity of such measurement should be considered, according to the presence of other predisposing factors for rhabdomyolysis.

In such situations, the risk of treatment should be considered in relation to the possible benefit and clinical monitoring is recommended. If CK levels are significantly elevated at baseline (> 5x ULN), levels should be re-measured within 5 to 7 days later to confirm the results. If CK levels are still significantly elevated (> 5x ULN) at baseline, treatment should not be started.

Whilst on treatment

If muscular symptoms like pain, weakness or cramps occur in patients receiving fluvastatin, their CK levels should be measured. Treatment should be stopped if these levels are found to be significantly elevated (> 5x ULN).

If muscular symptoms are severe and cause daily discomfort, even if CK levels are elevated to < 5x ULN, treatment discontinuation should be considered.

Should the symptoms resolve and CK levels return to normal, then re-introduction of fluvastatin or another statin may be considered at the lowest dose and under close monitoring.

The risk of myopathy has been reported to be increased in patients receiving immunosuppressive agents (including ciclosporin), fibrates, nicotinic acid or erythromycin together with other HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. Isolated cases of myopathy have been reported post-marketing for concomitant administration of fluvastatin with ciclosporin and fluvastatin with colchicines. Fluvastatin should be used with caution in patients receiving such concomitant medicine (see section 4.5).

Interstitial lung disease

Exceptional cases of interstitial lung disease have been reported with some statins, especially with long term therapy (see section 4.8). Presenting features can include dyspnoea, non productive cough and deterioration in general health (fatigue, weight loss and fever). If it is suspected a patient has developed interstitial lung disease, statin therapy should be discontinued.

Paediatric population

Children and adolescents with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia

In patients aged < 18 years, efficacy and safety have not been studied for treatment periods longer than two years. No data are available about the physical, intellectual and sexual maturation for prolonged treatment period. The long-term efficacy of fluvastatin therapy in childhood to reduce morbidity and mortality in adulthood has not been established. (see section 5.1).

Fluvastatin has only been investigated in children of 9 years and older with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia (for details see section 5.1). In the case of pre-pubertal children, as experience is very limited in this group, the potential risks and benefits should be carefully evaluated before the initiation of treatment.

Homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia

No data are available for the use of fluvastatin in patients with the very rare condition of homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia.

Diabetes Mellitus

Some evidence suggests that statins as a class raise blood glucose and in some patients, at high risk of future diabetes, may produce a level of hyperglycaemia where formal diabetes care is appropriate. This risk, however, is outweighed by the reduction in vascular risk with statins and therefore should not be a reason for stopping statin treatment. Patients at risk (fasting glucose 5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L,

BMI > 30 kg/m2, raised triglycerides, hypertension) should be monitored both clinically and biochemically according to national guidelines.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Fibrates and niacin

Concomitant administration of fluvastatin with bezafibrate, gemfibrozil, ciprofibrate or niacin (nicotinic acid) has no clinically relevant effect on the bioavailability of fluvastatin or the other lipid-lowering agent. Since an increased risk of myopathy and/or rhabdomyolysis has been observed in patients receiving HMGCoA reductase inhibitors together with any of these molecules, the benefit and the risk of concurrent treatment should be carefully weighed and these combinations should only be used with caution (see section 4.4).


Myotoxicity, including muscle pain and weakness and rhabdomyolysis, has been reported in isolated cases with concomitant administration of colchicines. The benefit and the risk of concurrent treatment should be carefully weighed and these combinations should only be used with caution (see section 4.4).


Studies in renal transplant patients indicate that the bioavailability of fluvastatin (up to 40 mg/day) is not elevated to a clinically significant extent in patients on stable regimens of ciclosporin. The results from another study in which 80 mg fluvastatin was administered to renal transplant patients who were on stable ciclosporin regimen showed that fluvastatin exposure (AUC) and maximum concentration (Cmax) were increased 2-fold compared to historical data in healthy subjects. Although these increases in fluvastatin levels were not clinically significant, this combination should be used with caution. Starting and maintenance dose of fluvastatin should be as low as possible when combined with ciclosporin.

80 mg fluvastatin had no effect on the bioavailability of ciclosporin when coadministered.

Warfarin and other coumarin derivatives

In healthy volunteers, the use of fluvastatin and warfarin (single dose) did not adversely influence warfarin plasma levels and prothrombin times compared to warfarin alone.

However, isolated incidences of bleeding episodes and/or increases prothrombin times have been reported very rarely in patients on fluvastatin receiving concomitant warfarin or other coumarin derivatives. It is recommended that prothrombin times are monitored when fluvastatin treatment is initiated, discontinued, or the dosage changes in patients receiving warfarin or other coumarin derivatives.


Administration of fluvastatin to healthy volunteers pre-treated with rifampicin (rifampin) resulted in a reduction of the bioavailability of fluvastatin by about 50%. Although at present there is no clinical evidence that fluvastatin efficacy in lowering lipid levels is altered, for patients undertaking long-term rifampicin therapy (e.g. treatment of tuberculosis), appropriate adjustment of fluvastatin dosage may be warranted to ensure a satisfactory reduction in lipid levels.

Oral antidiabetic agents

For patients receiving oral sulfonylureas (glibenclamide (glyburide), tolbutamide) for the treatment of noninsulin- dependent (type 2) diabetes mellitus (NIDDM), addition of fluvastatin does not lead to clinically significant changes in glycaemic control. In glibenclamide-treated NIDDM patients (n=32), administration of fluvastatin (40 mg twice daily for 14 days) increased the mean Cmax, AUC, and t'A of glibenclamide by approximately 50%, 69%, and 121%, respectively. Glibenclamide (5 to 20 mg daily) increased the mean Cmax and AUC of fluvastatin by 44% and 51%, respectively. In this study there were no changes in glucose, insulin, and C-peptide levels. However, patients on concomitant therapy with glibenclamide (glyburide) and

fluvastatin should continue to be monitored appropriately when their fluvastatin dose is increased to 80 mg per day.

Bile acid sequestrants

Fluvastatin should be administered at least 4 hours after the resin (e.g. cholestyramine) to avoid a significant interaction due to drug binding of the resin.


Administration of fluvastatin to healthy volunteers pre-treated with fluconazole (CYP 2C9 inhibitor) resulted in an increase in the exposure and peak concentration of fluvastatin by about 84% and 44%. Although there was no clinical evidence that the safety profile of fluvastatin was altered in patients pretreated with fluconazole for 4 days, caution should be exercised when fluvastatin is administered concomitantly with fluconazole.

Histamine H2-receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors

Concomitant administration of fluvastatin with cimetidine, ranitidine or omeprazole results in an increase in the bioavailability of fluvastatin, which, however, is of no clinical relevance.


The overall magnitude of the changes in phenytoin pharmacokinetics during co-administration with fluvastatin is relatively small and not clinically significant. Thus routine monitoring of phenytoin plasma levels is sufficient during co-administration with fluvastatin.

Cardiovascular agents

No clinically significant pharmacokinetic interactions occur when fluvastatin is concomitantly administered with propranolol, digoxin, losartan or amlodipine. Based on the pharmacokinetic data, no monitoring or dosage adjustments are required when fluvastatin is concomitantly administered with these agents.

Itraconazole and erythromycin

Concomitant administration of fluvastatin with the potent cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 inhibitors

itraconazole and erythromycin has minimal effects on the bioavailability of fluvastatin. Given the minimal involvement of this enzyme in the metabolism of fluvastatin, it is expected that other CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g. ketoconazole, ciclosporin) are unlikely to affect the bioavailability of fluvastatin.

Grapefruit juice

Based on the lack of interaction of fluvastatin with other CYP3A4 substrates, fluvastatin is not expected to interact with grapefruit juice.

4.6 Fertility, Pregnancy and lactation


There is insufficient data on the use of fluvastatin during pregnancy.

Since HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors decrease the synthesis of cholesterol and possibly of other

biologically active substances derived from cholesterol, they may cause foetal harm when administered to pregnant women. Therefore, Cadaff XL is contraindicated during pregnancy (see section 4.3).

Women of childbearing potential have to use effective contraception.

If a patient becomes pregnant while taking Cadaff XL, therapy should be discontinued.


Based on preclinical data, it is expected that fluvastatin is excreted into human milk. There is insufficient information on the effects of fluvastatin in newborns / infants.

Cadaff XL is contraindicated in breastfeeding women.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use of machines have been performed.

4.8 Undesirable effects

The most commonly reported adverse reactions are mild gastrointestinal symptoms, insomnia and headache.

Adverse reactions (Table 1) are ranked under heading of frequency, the most frequent first, using the following convention: very common (>1/10); common (>1/100,

<1/10); uncommon (>1/1,000, <1/100); rare (>1/10,000, <1/1,000); very rare (<1/10,000), not known (cannot be estimated from the available data). Within each frequency grouping, adverse reactions are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.

Table 1 Adverse reactions

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Very rare: Thrombocytopenia

Immune system disorders

Very rare: Anaphylactic reaction

Endocrine disorders

Common: Diabetes mellitus1

Psychiatric disorders

Common: Insomnia

Nervous system disorders

Common: Headache

Very rare: Paraesthesia, dysaesthesia, hypoaesthesia also known to be associated with the underlying hyperlipidaemic disorders

Vascular disorders

Very rare: Vasculitis

Gastrointestinal disorders

Common: Dyspepsia, abdominal pain, nausea Very rare: Pancreatitis

Hepatobiliary disorders

Very rare: Hepatitis

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Rare: Hypersensitivity reactions such as rash, urticaria

Very rare: Other skin reactions (e.g. eczema, dermatitis, bullous exanthema), face oedema, angioedema

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders

Rare: Myalgia, muscle weakness, myopathy

Very rare: Rhabdomyolysis, myositis, lupus erythematosus-like reactions

'Frequency will depend on the presence or absence of risk factors (fasting blood glucose > 5.6 mmol/L, BMI > 30 kg/m2, raised triglycerides, history of hypertension).

The following adverse events have been reported with some statins:

•    Sleep disturbances, including insomnia and nightmares

•    Memory loss

•    Sexual dysfunction

•    Depression

•    Exceptional cases of interstitial lung disease, especially with long term therapy (see section 4.4)

•    Diabetes Mellitus: Frequency will depend on the presence or absence of risk factors (fasting blood glucose > 5.6 mmol/L, BMI > 30 kg/m2, raised triglycerides, history of hypertension).

Paediatric population

Children and adolescents with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia

The safety profile of fluvastatin in children and adolescents with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia assessed in 114 patients aged 9 tol7 years treated in two open-label non-comparative clinical trials was similar to the one observed in adults. In both clinical trials no effect was observed on growth and sexual maturation. The ability of the trials to detect any effect of treatment in this area was however low.

Laboratory findings

Biochemical abnormalities of liver function have been associated with HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors and other lipid-lowering agents. Based on pooled analyses of controlled clinical trials confirmed elevations of alanine aminotransferase or aspartate aminotranferase levels to more than 3 times the upper limit of normal occurred in 0.2% on fluvastatin capsules 20 mg/day, 1.5% to 1.8% on fluvastatin capsules 40 mg/day, 1.9% on fluvastatin XL tablets 80 mg/day and in 2.7% to 4.9% on twice daily fluvastatin capsules 40 mg. The majority of patients with these abnormal biochemical findings were asymptomatic. Marked elevations of CK levels to more than 5x ULN developed in a very small number of patients (0.3 to 1.0%).

4.9 Overdose

To date there has been limited experience with overdose of fluvastatin. Specific treatment is not available for Cadaff XL overdose. Should an overdose occur, the patient should be treated symptomatically and supportive measures instituted, as required. Liver function tests and serum CK levels should be monitored.


5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, ATC code: C10A A04

Fluvastatin, a fully synthetic cholesterol-lowering agent, is a competitive inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase, which is responsible for the conversion of HMG-CoA to mevalonate, a precursor of sterols, including cholesterol. Fluvastatin exerts its main effect in the liver and is mainly a racemate of the two erythro enantiomers of which one exerts the pharmacological activity. The inhibition of cholesterol biosynthesis reduces the cholesterol in hepatic cells, which stimulates the synthesis of LDL receptors and thereby increases the uptake of LDL particles. The ultimate result of these mechanisms is a reduction in the plasma cholesterol concentration.

Fluvastatin reduces total-C, LDL-C, Apo B, and triglycerides, and increases HDL-C in patients with hypercholesterolaemia and mixed dyslipidaemia.

In 12 placebo-controlled studies in patients with Type IIa or IIb hyperlipoproteinaemia, fluvastatin alone was administered to 1,621 patients in daily dose regimens of 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg (40 mg twice daily) for at least 6 weeks duration. In a 24-week analysis, daily doses of 20 mg, 40 mg and 80 mg produced dose-related reductions in total-C, LDL-C, Apo B and in triglycerides and increases in HDL-C (see Table 2).

Fluvastatin XL 80 mg prolonged-release tablets was administered to over 800 patients in three pivotal trials of 24 weeks active treatment duration and

compared to fluvastatin 40 mg once or twice daily. Given as a single daily dose of 80 mg, fluvastatin XL prolonged-release tablets significantly reduced total-C, LDL-C, triglycerides (TG) and Apo B (see Table 2).

Therapeutic response is well established within two weeks, and a maximum response is achieved within four weeks. After four weeks of therapy, the median decrease in LDL-C was 38% and at week 24 (endpoint) the median LDL-C decrease was 35%. Significant increases in HDL-C were also observed.

Table 2 Median percent change in lipid parameters from baseline to week 24 Placebo-controlled studies (Lescol) and active-controlled trials (Lescol XL)




Apo B




% A


% A


% A


% A


% A

All patients

Lescol 20 mg1











Lescol 40 mg1











Lescol 40 mg twice daily1











Lescol XL 80 mg2











Baseline TG > 200 mg/dl

Lescol 20 mg1











Lescol 40 mg1











Lescol 40 mg twice daily1











Lescol XL 80 mg2











1    Data for Lescol from 12 placebo-controlled trials

2    Data for Lescol XL 80 mg tablet from three 24-week controlled trials

In the Lipoprotein and Coronary Atherosclerosis Study (LCAS), the effect of fluvastatin on coronary atherosclerosis was assessed by quantitative coronary angiography in male and female patients (35 to 75 years old) with coronary artery disease and baseline LDL-C levels of 3.0 to 4.9 mmol/l (115 to 190 mg/dl). In this randomised, double-blind, controlled clinical study, 429 patients were treated with either fluvastatin 40 mg/day or placebo. Quantitative coronary angiograms were evaluated at baseline and after 2.5 years of treatment and were evaluable in 340 out of 429 patients. Fluvastatin treatment slowed the progression of coronary atherosclerosis lesions by 0.072 mm (95% confidence intervals for treatment difference from -0.1222 to -0.022 mm) over 2.5 years as measured by change in minimum lumen diameter (fluvastatin -0.028 mm vs. placebo -0.100 mm). No direct correlation between the angiographic findings and the risk of cardiovascular events has been demonstrated.

In the Lescol Intervention Prevention Study (LIPS), the effect of fluvastatin on major adverse cardiac events (MACE; i.e. cardiac death, non-fatal myocardial infarction and coronary revascularisation) was assessed in patients with coronary heart disease who had first successful percutaneous coronary intervention. The study included male and female patients (18 to 80 years old) and with baseline total-C levels ranging from 3.5 to 7.0 mmol/l (135 to 270 mg/dl).

In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial fluvastatin (n=844), given as 80 mg daily over 4 years, significantly reduced the risk of the first MACE by 22% (p=0.013) as compared to placebo (n=833).

The primary endpoint of MACE occurred in 21.4% of patients treated with fluvastatin vs 26.7% of patients treated with placebo (absolute risk difference: 5.2%; 95% CI: 1.1 to 9.3). These beneficial effects were particularly noteworthy in patients with diabetes mellitus and in patients with multivessel disease.

Paediatric population

Children and adolescents with heterozygous _ familial hypercholesterolaemia

The safety and efficacy of fluvastatin in children and adolescent patients aged 9-16 years of age with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia has been evaluated in 2 open-label, uncontrolled clinical trials of 2 years' duration. 114 patients (66 boys and 48 girls) were treated with fluvastatin administered as either Lescol capsules (20 mg/day to 40 mg twice daily) or Lescol XL 80 mg prolonged-release tablets once daily using a dose-titration regimen based upon LDL-C response.

The first study enrolled 29 pre-pubertal boys, 9-12 years of age, who had an LDL-C level > 90th percentile for age and one parent with primary hypercholesterolaemia and either a family history of premature ischaemic heart disease or tendon xanthomas. The mean baseline LDL-C was 226 mg/dl equivalent to 5.8 mmol/l (range: 137-354 mg/dl equivalent to 3.6-9.2 mmol/l). All patients were started on Lescol capsules 20 mg daily with dose adjustments every 6 weeks to 40 mg daily then 80 mg daily (40 mg twice daily) to achieve an LDL-C goal of 96.7 to 123.7 mg/dl (2.5 mmol/l to 3.2 mmol/l).

The second study enrolled 85 male and female patients, 10 to 16 years of age, who had an LDL-C

> 190 mg/dl (equivalent to 4.9 mmol/l) or LDL-C > 160 mg/dl (equivalent to

4.1 mmol/l) and one or more risk factors for coronary heart disease, or LDL-C

> 160 mg/dl (equivalent to 4.1 mmol/l) and a proven LDLreceptor defect. The mean baseline LDL-C was 225 mg/dl equivalent to 5,8 mmol/l (range: 148343 mg/dl equivalent to 3.8-8.9 mmol/l). All patients were started on Lescol capsules 20 mg daily with dose adjustments every 6 weeks to 40 mg daily then 80 mg daily (Lescol 80 mg XL tablet) to achieve an LDL-C goal of < 130 mg/dl (3.4 mmol/l). 70 patients were pubertal or postpubertal (n=69 evaluated for efficacy).

In the first study (in prepubertal boys), Lescol 20 to 80 mg daily doses decreased plasma levels of total-C and LDL-C by 21% and 27%, respectively. The mean achieved LDL-C was 161 mg/dl equivalent to 4.2 mmol/l (range: 74-336 mg/dl equivalent 1.9-8.7 mmol/l). In the second study (in pubertal or postpubertal girls and boys), Lescol 20 to 80 mg daily doses decreased plasma levels of total-C and LDL-C by 22% and 28%, respectively. The mean achieved LDL-C was 159 mg/dl equivalent to 4.1 mmol/l (range: 90-295 mg/dl equivalent to 2.3-7.6 mmol/l).

The majority of patients in both studies (83% in the first study and 89% in the second study) were titrated to the maximum daily dose of 80 mg. At study endpoint, 26 to 30% of patients in both studies achieved a targeted LDL-C goal of < 130 mg/dl (3.4 mmol/l).

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties


Fluvastatin is absorbed rapidly and completely (98%) after oral administration of a solution to fasted volunteers. After oral administration of fluvastatin XL 80 mg prolonged-release tablets, and in comparison with the capsules, the absorption rate of fluvastatin is almost 60% slower while the mean residence time of fluvastatin is increased by approximately 4 hours. In a fed state, the substance is absorbed at a reduced rate.


Fluvastatin exerts its main effect in the liver, which is also the main organ for its metabolism. The absolute bioavailability assessed from systemic blood concentrations is 24%. The apparent volume of distribution (Vz/f) for the drug is 330 litres. More than 98% of the circulating drug is bound to plasma proteins, and this binding is not affected either by the concentration of fluvastatin, or by warfarin, salicylic acid or glyburide.


Fluvastatin is mainly metabolised in the liver. The major components circulating in the blood are fluvastatin and the pharmacologically inactive N-desisopropyl-propionic acid metabolite. The hydroxylated metabolites have pharmacological activity but do not circulate systemically. There are multiple,

alternative cytochrome P450    (CYP450) pathways for fluvastatin

biotransformation and thus fluvastatin metabolism is relatively insensitive to CYP450 inhibition.

Fluvastatin inhibited only the metabolism of compounds that are metabolised by CYP2C9. Despite the potential that therefore exists for competitive interaction between fluvastatin and compounds that are CYP2C9 substrates, such as diclofenac, phenytoin, tolbutamide and warfarin, clinical data indicate that this interaction is unlikely.


Following administration of 3H-fluvastatin to healthy volunteers, excretion of radioactivity is about 6% in the urine and 93% in the faeces, and fluvastatin accounts for less than 2% of the total radioactivity excreted. The plasma clearance (CL/f) for fluvastatin in man is calculated to be 1.8 ± 0.8 l/min. Steady-state plasma concentrations show no evidence of fluvastatin accumulation following administration of 80 mg daily. Following oral administration of 40 mg fluvastatin, the terminal disposition half-life for fluvastatin is 2.3 ± 0.9 hours.

Characteristics in patients

Plasma concentrations of fluvastatin do not vary as a function of either age or gender in the general population. However, enhanced treatment response was observed in women and in elderly people. Since fluvastatin is eliminated primarily via the biliary route and is subject to significant presystemic metabolism, the potential exists for drug accumulation in patients with hepatic insufficiency (see sections 4.3 and 4.4).

Children and adolescents with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia No pharmacokinetic data in children are available.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

The conventional studies, including safety pharmacology, genotoxicity, repeated dose toxicity,

carcinogenicity and toxicity on reproduction studies did not indicate other risks for the patient than those expected due to the pharmacological mechanism of action. A variety of changes were identified in toxicity studies that are common to HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors. Based on clinical observations, liver function tests are already recommended (see section 4.4). Further toxicity seen in animals was either not relevant for human use or occurred at exposure levels sufficiently in excess of the maximum human exposure indicating little relevance to clinical use. Despite the theoretical considerations concerning the role of cholesterol in embryo development,

animal studies did not suggest an embryotoxic and teratogenic potential of fluvastatin.


6.1    List of excipients

Tablet core:


Microcrystalline cellulose Hydroxyethyl cellulose Mannitol

Magnesium stearate

Tablet film-coating:

Hypromellose 50

Macrogol 6000

Iron oxide yellow (E172)

Titanium dioxide (E171)

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

24 months

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 30°C.

Blisters: keep the blisters in the outer carton in order to protect from light.

HDPE bottles: Keep the container tightly closed in order to protect from moisture and light.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Blister packs (OPA/Alu/PVC/Alu)

HDPE container with desiccant and snap-on cap (LDPE), desiccants are HDPE plastic canisters filled with activated silica gel.

Pack sizes:

Blister packs (OPA/Alu/PVC/Alu): 10, 20, 28, 30, 50 and 100 HDPE container with desiccant and LDPE cap: 250

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal

No special requirements


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