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    Information about Pravastatin

    Pravastatin uses

    Pravastatin is used in the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

    How pravastatin works

    Pravastatin is a lipid-lowering medication (statin). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL).

    Common side effects of pravastatin

    Headache, Stomach pain, Constipation, Muscle pain, Feeling sick, Weakness, Dizziness, Increased glucose level in blood

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    Expert advice for Pravastatin

    • You have been prescribed Pravastatin for the treatment of high cholesterol.
    • It decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks.
    • It should be taken in addition to regular exercise and low-fat diet to lower levels of fat in the blood.
    • It should be taken in the evening after dinner and before sleeping.
    • In general, Pravastatin is safe. However, some people may develop digestive problems like diarrhoea, gas. If any of these happen to you, take it with food.
    • Notify your doctor if you experience muscle symptoms (pain or weakness), joint pain, do not feel hungry, or if you have yellow eyes, skin or dark urine after starting the medication.

    Frequently asked questions for Pravastatin


    Q. What should I know about high cholesterol?

    Cholesterol is a type of fat present in your blood. Your total cholesterol is made up of LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is called “bad” cholesterol as it can build up in the wall of your blood vessels and slow or obstruct blood flow to your heart, brain, and other organs. This can cause heart diseases and stroke. HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol as it prevents the bad cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels. Triglycerides also are harmful fats found in your blood.

    Q. Is pravastatin a statin drug/ statin/ blood thinner/ beta blocker/diuretic?

    Pravastatin belongs to a class of medicines called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, commonly called statins. It is not a blood thinner or a beta blocker or diuretic. It has no known effects on viscosity of blood, inhibiting beta receptors or increasing urine output

    Q. Is pravastatin the same as atorvastatin/ simvastatin/ Crestor?

    No. Pravastatin, atorvastatin, simvastatin and rosuvastatin (Crestor) are different drugs belonging to same class of HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or statins. They are different drugs with similar mechanism of action

    Q. Can I take pravastatin with metformin/ aspirin/ ibuprofen/ Tylenol/ Tums/ Benadryl?

    Pravastatin has no known harmful interaction with metformin, aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen (Tylenol), Tums (antacids) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl

    Q. Can I take pravastatin with niacin?

    Concomitant use of pravastatin with niacin should be avoided due to increased risk of developing muscle related disorders (myopathy/rhabdomyolysis)

    Q. Does Pravastatin cause diabetes?

    Some studies suggest that statins like Pravastatin may increase blood glucose is patients who are at high risk of developing diabetes. However, it is not a reason to stop Pravastatin treatment in such patients

    Q. Does Pravastatin cause erectile dysfunction/ gas/ liver damage/ headaches or makes you feel tired/ joint pain/ night sweats?

    Erectile dysfunction, gas, liver damage (elevation in liver enzymes), headaches and unusual tiredness (fatigue) are among the known side effects of Pravastatin use. Joint pain and night sweats and not among the known side effects of Pravastatin use

    Q. Does Pravastatin work?

    Pravastatin is used to lower the risk of heart diseases and reduce high blood cholesterol.The effectiveness of Pravastatin may vary upon individual response

    Q. Is Pravastatin safe to take?

    Yes. Pravastatin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration, as advised by your doctor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 05 June, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)