Pravastatin

(10 customer reviews)

Pravastatin, commonly known as either Selektine or Pravachol is a drug which is part of a group of medicines known as statins; these are used to prevent cardiovascular diseases and to lower cholesterol. It is prescribed to patients along with exercise, proper diet, and weight loss.
 
Usually, you start taking a low dose of Pravastatin and then gradually increase the dose as prescribed by your doctor. However, the medication must not be taken more than once every four (4) weeks; this usually depends on how the patient responds to the medication. Moreover, it is very important that a patient consult their doctor first before taking this medication since it contains ingredients that may trigger allergies.
 

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How does Pravastatin work?

Pravastatin is mainly used for treating dyslipidemia and anticipating cardiovascular diseases. Doctors only recommend this type of drug when other health measures like exercise and proper diet do not seem to reduce the patient’s cholesterol levels.

Unlike other statins, the evidence of using this drug is weaker. In fact, the lipid-lowering and antihypertensive treatment to avoid heart attack trial (ALLHAT) was not able to show a variation in all-cause mortality between patients who take Pravastatin daily and those who are receiving usual care.

How do I take Pravastatin?

You can take Pravastatin orally prior to eating or as directed by your doctor. The intake of this medication is usually not more than once a day. Furthermore, it has been observed that intake of this drug in the evening can give best results.

The dosage of Pravastatin depends on your medical condition, age, response to treatment, and the type of other medications that you might be taking. For this reason, see to it that you tell your doctor and your pharmacist the medications that you are currently taking (both prescribed and not, including herbal products if there are any). Keep in mind that Pravastatin may react adversely to some medications and may cause unwanted results.

If you are taking other cholesterol-lowering medications aside from Pravastatin, see to it that you take Pravastatin at least 4 hours after or 1 hour before taking these medications. In order to get the best results, make sure that you take this medication consistently, even if you feel that you are well enough (most people with high cholesterol level do not feel sick).

Are there side effects?

Pravastatin is a widely used treatment for cholesterol. However, as effective as it is, in some cases, patients feel side effect such as:

  • Weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of energy
  • Fever
  • Jaundice
  • Nausea
  • Stomach ache (upper right part)

If you feel any of these side effects after taking pravastatin, see your doctor immediately.

Can I buy Pravastatin online?

Certainly, buying medications such as Pravastatin can be easily done online. However, you need to first complete an online consultation with a doctor in order for you to get a prescription. The prescription will be sent to the pharmacy and your medication will be delivered to your in a day or two.

10 reviews for Pravastatin

  1. Anonymous

    It lowered my cholesterol without any side effects.
    Drugs.com Reviewed June 7, 2010

  2. Anonymous

    It has done the job in lowering my cholesterol within 3 months.
    Drugs.com Reviewed October 13, 2010

  3. Anonymous

    Was unable to take Lipitor because of aches and pains it produced but I can take pravastatin okay.
    Drugs.com Reviewed September 23, 2011

  4. Anonymous

    I took this medicine for about 3 years. About 6 months ago, my dosage was increased from 20 mg to 40 mg. At first there were no problems. After a couple of months, I started having shortness of breath, chest pain, tremors, fatigue and vomiting. I went to the ER with chest pains and shortness of breath. They could find nothing wrong with my heart. I was sent to a cardiologist to have Holter monitoring, echocardiagram and stress test. Nothing. Had a pulmonary function test. Nothing. The pravastatin brought my cholesterol down to 177, so my doctor took me off of it to see if it made any difference with all my health problems. It did. Within 3 days I was starting to feel better. Within a week I was back to my old self again.
    Drugs.com Reviewed November 29, 2011

  5. bogyone

    It works just fine with no side effects.
    Drugs.com Reviewed January 15, 2012

  6. susan trumble

    The good thing is my cholesterol is under control after three months. The bad thing is my right fore arm hurts when I pick up anything. I also have a rash on my upper lip but not sure it has anything to do with the pravastatin. I am taking one thing away at a time to figure it out.
    Drugs.com Reviewed April 12, 2015

  7. Why suffer

    Been scripted for various statins over the years, having to change from one to another due to side effects; muscle pain, increased glucose, blurred vision with aching eyes, fatigue, cognitive impairment, headaches, etc. . Not sure of the time of onset of of each symptom. Am being treated for seasonal affect disorder but am now thinking this is due to statins. Am now off statins and other than mild blurred vision all symptoms have stopped.
    Drugs.com Reviewed January 8, 2017

  8. dogfoodsalad

    Does the job. Lowered my cholesterol to normal levels.
    Drugs.com Reviewed February 9, 2017

  9. Anonymous

    Lowered my bad LDL from 180 to 95 in 6 months, on only 20 mg daily. Only side effect is my legs get sore when I walk distances that never bothered me before. However, with a little rest, I’m ok. Pravachol is MUCH better than Lipitor, which I threw away after a week due to leg and joint pain.
    Drugs.com Reviewed May 10, 2017

  10. Bobooo

    It appears to work for my situation.
    Drugs.com Reviewed April 15, 2018

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