Generic name: Cerivastatin.

Baycol is an antihyperlipidemic (lipid-lowering medication). It works by interfering with the body’s natural cholesterol-manufacturing process.

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Used to lower cholesterol levels in people with hypercholesterolemia. May reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL; “bad” cholesterol) while raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL; “good” cholesterol). Also used to slow the progression of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), reduce fatal risks in people with heart disease, and treat blood lipid or lipid problems that can accompany diabetes and kidney disease. Prescribed when diet alone does not sufficiently lower cholesterol levels.

Baycol Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed, with meals. To get full benefit of Baycol, adhere to diet and exercise program.

  • Usual adult dose: 0.3 milligram once per day, taken at bedtime. For people with kidney failure — 0.2 milligram once per day, taken at bedtime.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses. Do not increase dose or stop treatment without consulting your doctor.

Baycol Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no reported cases; however, if you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: diarrhea, gas, headache, itching, nausea, rash, stomach cramps or pain, vomiting. Baycol’s side effects are usually mild and last for a short period of time, if they appear.

Less common Baycol side effects: blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, eye irritation, heartburn, muscle aches, cramps, or pain. Rare side effects: acid regurgitation, chest pain, dry mouth, hair loss, joint pain, leg, shoulder, or local pain, “pins and needles” in the hands or feet, sleeplessness, taste changes.


Inform your doctor before combining Baycol with:

beta-blockers such as propranolol (Inderal); blood thinners such as Coumadin; calcium channel blockers such as isradipine (DynaCirc); cyclosporine (Sandimmune) and other immunosuppressive medications; digitalis glycosides such as digoxin (Lanoxin); erythromycin (E.E.S. or PCE); gemfibrozil (Lopid); itraconazole (Sporanox); nicotine acid or niacin (Nicobid). Take Baycol either 1 hour before or 4 hours after other antihyperlipidemics such as colestipol (Colestid) or cholestyramine (Prevalite and Questran).

Take Baycol 1 hour apart from antacids. 

Special Cautions

Do not take if pregnant or planning to become pregnant; may cause damage to fetus or nursing infant. If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, temporarily stop Baycol therapy and inform your doctor immediately.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • Do not take if being treated for acute muscle disease or liver disease, or if you are at risk for developing kidney failure.
  • If sensitive to or allergic to this or other antihyper-lipidemic medications, should not take.
  • Use with caution if you have past history of liver disease or consume large amounts of alcohol.
  • Monitor for signs and symptoms of blurred vision, muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever or general bodily discomfort, especially during the starting months of therapy and whenever dose is increased.
  • To get full benefit of Baycol, must adhere to doctor’s low-fat diet and exercise program.
  • May cause unusual sensitivity to sun. Wear sunscreen and protective clothing (e.g., a hat) while exposed to sun.

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