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Lower you cholesterol with Pravachol (pravastatin).

Pravachol belongs to a group of drugs called statins. Pravachol is a cholesterol-lowering medication that blocks the production of cholesterol in the body. Pravachol is used to decrease LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and increase the HDL (“good” cholesterol) level.

This medicine is also proven to reduce coronary heart disease events and deaths due to heart attack or stroke. Pravachol is the brand name. Pravastatin is the generic name.

More about Pravachol.

Pravachol can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Please avoid using if you are pregnant. Use an effective form of birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment. Do not take Pravachol if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease.

Before using Pravachol, tell your doctor if you have diabetes, a thyroid problem, kidney disease, muscle weakness or if you drink alcohol more than 2-3 glass per day.

While using Pravachol avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. It will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not control your diet. Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Pravachol. Alcohol can raise triglyceride levels, and may also damage your liver while you are taking Pravachol.

If you are using other drugs at the same time immediately tell your doctor about which drugs you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Avoid using new medication without the advice of your doctor.

Who Should Not Take Pravachol?

You should not take Pravachol if you fit any of the following situations:

  • If you are pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant. Pravachol may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant, stop taking Pravachol and consort your doctor.
  • You are breastfeeding. Pravachol can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby.
  • If you have liver problems.

Pravachol side effects.

The following common side effects of Pravachol are usually mild:

  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach and stomach pain
  • Muscle and joint pain

Call your doctor immediately if any of the following, more serious, side effects occur:

  • Muscle weakness, tenderness, or pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain
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