Information about Pravastatin

    Pravastatin uses

    Pravastatin is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels in blood, increased triglycerides levels in blood and increased LDL levels in blood.

    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 ₹165
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      2 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Pravastatin

    • Inform your doctor if you have muscle pain, cramps, weekness, tiredness or dark coloured urine while taking Pravastatin.
    • Pravastatin may increase blood sugar levels. Your doctor may ask to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.
    • Inform your doctor if you regularly drink a large amount of alcohol.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    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
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    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 13 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)