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General Information
 
Uses
 
What should I know before taking this drug
 
Precautions
 
Dosage information
  
Adverse reactions
 
Storage
 
Additional information if any
 
Note: Cervistatin was withdrawn form the U.S market in 2001.
 

Seriva tab (Torrent)

Cerivastatin is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner

Cerivastatin is pronuounced as: seh RIH va stah tin

Cerivastatin is a lipid lowering drug belongs to HMG-coA reductase inhibitor. Cerivastatin is also called as statin.

Cerivastatin reduces the cholesterol level in the blood.
Cerivastatin reduces the low density lipo protein (LDL) and total cholesterol there by it reduces the deposit of the fat in the blood vessels and hardening of arteries, the condition called heart disease which can lead to heart attack. 

  • Take cerivastatin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
  • Do not take cerivastatin more or longer than the prescribed time, follow the directions on the prescription label.
  • Cerivastatin can be taken with or with out food with full glass of water. It is usually taken at bed time if the patient need to take more than once, it should be taken with food.
  • Do not skip any doses of cerivastatin, continue to take it even you feel better. You must complete entire course of medication as instructed by your doctor.
  • Always remember to inform your helath expert if you are currently taking any prescription drugs like Immunosuppressants like ciclosporin
  • Inform your doctor if you take 3 or more alcoholic drinks in a day.

Cerivastatin should not be taken by the patient who is suffering from acute liver disease.
Cerivastatin should not be taken if you are breast feeding a baby.

Children:

Old people:
Pregnant woman: Cerivastatin belongs to  FDA pregnancy category X. This means that cerivastatin will cause birth defects if used during pregnancy. The use of this drug in pregnancy clearly outweighs any possible benefit. Do not use cerivastatin if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.

Lactating women: Cerivastatin passes into breast milk and harm nursing baby. Do not use cerivastatin if you are breastfeeding your child.
 
Other:
 

Cerivastatin is available in the form of tablet.

Use cerivastatin as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication

If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose

In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician

The common side effects for cerivastatin are

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia
  • GI disturbances
 

Store cerivastatin at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.

  • Cerivastatin alone can not help reduce the cholesterol level, strict diet, exercise and weight control is required for better results.
  • Avoid eating foods which have high cholesterol. Avoid eating grape fruit or grape fruit juice which interact with cerivastatin and cause dangerous side effects.
  • Cerivastatin you may need to take on long term basis if you have severe high cholesterol.
  • To make sure cerivastatin helping your condition you may need to do blood lipid profile test while taking the medication.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.
 

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: Jun 12, 2011