Pravachol (Pravastatin) Customer Reviews


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Pravastatin is classified as an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, commonly known as a statin medication. Pravastatin is frequently administered in conjunction with diet, exercise, and weight-loss to manage heart disease or prevent its development, and to lower the levels of harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides in the bloodstream while boosting the beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. It functions by reducing the amount of cholesterol produced in the body, thereby decreasing the accumulation of cholesterol on the artery walls and preventing blockages that could lead to heart attack, stroke, or other health complications.

Uses and Dosage

Follow your doctor’s instructions and take this medication orally once daily, with or without food.

Your dosage will be determined based on your medical condition, age, response to treatment, and any other medications you may be taking. Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all of the products you use, including prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, and herbal products.

If you are taking other medications to lower your cholesterol, such as bile acid-binding resins like cholestyramine or colestipol, make sure to take pravastatin either one hour before or four hours after taking these medications. This will prevent any potential interactions and ensure that pravastatin is fully absorbed.

To achieve maximum benefits, take this medication regularly at the same time each day, even if you feel fine. Most individuals with high cholesterol or triglycerides do not experience any symptoms.

Continue to follow your doctor’s advice regarding diet and exercise. It may take up to four weeks to experience the full benefits of this drug.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • heartburn
  • headache
  • memory loss or forgetfulness
  • confusion

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
  • lack of energy
  • fever
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • nausea
  • extreme tiredness
  • weakness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • dark colored urine
  • loss of appetite
  • flu-like symptoms
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness


Inform your doctor or pharmacist of any allergies you have, including to pravastatin or other substances. Inactive ingredients in the medication may cause allergic reactions or other complications.

Prior to taking this medication, disclose your medical history to your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or have a history of alcohol use.

To avoid liver problems with pravastatin, limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Older adults may be more vulnerable to experiencing side effects from this drug, particularly muscle problems.

During pregnancy, use this medication only when necessary, as it may harm an unborn baby. Discuss the benefits and risks with your doctor.

This drug is excreted in breast milk and may have adverse effects on a nursing infant. It is not recommended to breastfeed while using this medication.

Form and Strength

Pravachol is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Pravachol tablet:

    • 10mg
    • 20mg
    • 40mg
  • pravastatin tablet:

    • 10mg
    • 20mg
    • 40mg


Does Pravachol affect sleep?

Many doctors hear complaints of insomnia and sleep disturbance from patients taking statins.

How long does it take for your body to adjust to statins?

After starting a statin, it takes about six weeks for cholesterol levels to stabilise, so most doctors would re-check your cholesterol after about eight weeks.



Additional information

Generic name:

Pravastatin, Pravastatin Sodium




10mg, 20mg, 40mg

Quantities Available:

84, 90, 100, 180

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