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Pravastatin

(Pravastatin)

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  • Pravastatin Overview

    Pravastatin is used along with a proper diet to help lower bad cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. It belongs to a group of drugs known as "statins." It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. Lowering "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides and raising "good" cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help Pravastatin work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details.

  • How to Use Pravastatin

    Take Pravastatin by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. The Dosage of Pravastatin is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). If you also take certain other drugs to lower your cholesterol (bile acid-binding resins such as cholestyramine or colestipol), take pravastatin at least 1 hour before or at least 4 hours after taking these medications. These products can react with pravastatin, preventing its full absorption. Take Pravastatin regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time each day. Keep taking Pravastatin even if you feel well. Most people with high cholesterol or triglycerides do not feel sick. It is very important to continue to follow your doctor's advice about diet and exercise. It may take up to 4 weeks before you get the full benefit of Pravastatin.

  • Pravastatin Precautions

    Before taking pravastatin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. Pravastatin may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Pravastatin, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,liver disease, kidney disease, alcohol use. Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Limit alcoholic beverages. Daily use of alcohol may increase your risk for liver problems, especially when combined with pravastatin. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Pravastatin, especially muscle problems. During pregnancy, Pravastatin should be used only when clearly needed. It may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Pravastatin passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Breast-feeding while using Pravastatin is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

  • Pravastatin Misdose

    If you miss a dose of Pravastatin, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

  • Pravastatin Interactions

    See also How To Use section. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.colchicine, daptomycin, gemfibrozil. Do not take any red yeast rice products while you are taking pravastatin because some red yeast rice products may also contain a statin called lovastatin. Taking pravastatin and red yeast rice products together can increase your risk of serious muscle and liver problems.

  • Pravastatin Side Effects

    Remember that Pravastatin has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Pravastatin do not have serious side effects. A very small number of people taking pravastatin may have mild memory problems or confusion. If these rare effects occur, talk to your doctor. Rarely, statins may cause or worsen diabetes. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks. Pravastatin may rarely cause muscle problems (which can rarely lead to very serious conditions called rhabdomyolysis and autoimmune myopathy).muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially with fever or unusual tiredness), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine). Pravastatin may rarely cause liver problems. Tell your doctor right away if you develop symptoms of liver problems,nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, stomach/abdominal pain. A very serious allergic reaction to Pravastatin is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

  • Pravastatin Storage

    Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Pravastatin when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

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