Information about Pravastatin
Pravastatin is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol, increased triglycerides and increased LDL levels.
How pravastatin works
Pravastatin is a cholesterol-lowering medicine (statins). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).
Common side effects of pravastatin
Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Allergic reaction, Headache, Nausea, Dyspepsia, Nasopharyngitis, Increased liver enzymes, Increased creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level in blood, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Constipation, Joint swelling, Increased glucose level in blood
Available Medicine for Pravastatin
- ₹102 to ₹165Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd2 variant(s)
Expert advice for Pravastatin
- Take Pravastatin in the evening as cholesterol synthesis in liver is highest between midnight and 2:00 AM.
- Decreases bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and increases good cholesterol levels.
- Avoid taking more than 2 glasses of alcohol a day as it may increase the risk of liver damage.
- Avoid antacids for at least 2 hours before and after taking Pravastatin.
- Inform your doctor if you have sudden muscle pain, fever, weakness, dark urine or yellow colour in your eyes or skin.
Frequently asked questions for Pravastatin
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.