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Generic: pravastatin
It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood
               



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What is this medicine?

PRAVASTATIN (PRA va stat in) is known as a HMG- CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This drug may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Diet and lifestyle changes are often used with this drug.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • frequently drink alcoholic beverages
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • muscle aches or weakness
  • other medical condition
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to pravastatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take pravastatin tablets by mouth. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Pravastatin can be taken at anytime of the day, with or without food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Pravastatin has been used in children as young as 8 years of age.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • herbal medicines such as red yeast rice

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol
  • antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
  • certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
  • colchicine
  • cyclosporine
  • other medicines for high cholesterol
  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, and telithromycin

               
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