Cholesterol

Pravastatin

Pravastatin is a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor (statin) that is used in conjunction with lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, weight-loss) to reduce cholesterol content and other fatty substances in blood. It works by slowing cholesterol production in the body.

Pravastatin Strength10 mg / 20 mg
Common Brand NamePravachol

How to Use
Pravastatin comes in tablet format for oral intake. It is taken once a day independent of food intake. Take Pravastatin at the same time every day. Follow prescription directions carefully, and consult your doctor or pharmacist to explain details. Take Pravastatin exactly as directed and do not deviate from labelled prescription amounts. Your doctor may start with low dosage of Pravastatin and gradually increased dosage, not exceeding once every 4 weeks. Persist with Pravastatin even if there is relief.

Side Effects
Pravastatin may cause certain side effects. Consult your doctor if any of these symptoms occur and persist

HeartburnMuscle Pain, Tenderness, or Weakness
HeadacheFever
Swellingflu-like symptoms
Loss of appetiteNausea
Precautions
Before taking Pravastatin:

Over Dose
If there is overdose, or the victim is incapacitated, or has breathing problems, inform doctor or call local emergency services.

Missed Dose
In case of missed dose, take the missed dose on remembering it. However, if the next dose is due, then skip the missed dose and continue with regular schedule of dosage. Do not take double doses to compensate for the missed ones.

Storage
Keep medication in container, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store at room temperatures and keep away from heat and moisture. Do consult pharmacist or doctor about proper disposal of outdated drugs.
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