Compare pravastatin vs. Antara

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Pravachol
(pravastatin)

Antara
(fenofibrate)

Lowers cholesterol. Pravachol (pravastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. It does cause fewer side effects and is safer for your kidneys and liver.Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.
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4.76pravastatin
Reviews for pravastatin
54%
of people (All ages) say pravastatin is worth it
44%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
426 reviews
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Reviews for Antara
27%
+27% better vs. pravastatin
14%
+30% better vs. pravastatin
29%
+10% better vs. pravastatin
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Side effects
pravastatinAntara
  • Upper respiratory infection     4%
  • Diarrhea     3%
  • Headache     2%
  • Chest pain     2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Rash 2%
  • Myalgia 2%
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  • Abnormal Liver Function Tests 7%
  • Abdominal Pain 1%
  • Increased AST 2%
  • Increased ALT 1%
  • Increased Creatine Phosphokinase 2%
  • Constipation 1%
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How it works
pravastatinAntara
Pravachol (pravastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).Antara (Fenofibrate) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).
Type of medication
pravastatinAntara
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
pravastatinAntara
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
pravastatinAntara
  • Kidney disease
  • An underactive thyroid
  • Over age 65
  • Female gender
  • Taking other medicines to lower your cholesterol
Detailed Pravachol (pravastatin) risks & warnings »
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
  • Past history of liver disease
  • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
Detailed Antara (fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
pravastatinAntara
No alcohol related info.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
Kidneys and liver
pravastatinAntara
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) is less likely to cause muscle and kidney damage than other statin medicines.
  • If you have liver problems, Pravachol (pravastatin) is the safest statin to use.
  • Reports of liver damage have been reported in people who take Antara (Fenofibrate), especially in people with a history of liver disease. Your doctor may monitor your liver with blood tests on a regular basis.
Upsides and benefits
pravastatinAntara
  • Compared to other statins, Pravachol (pravastatin) has fewer interactions with medicines.
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) is less likely to cause muscle and kidney damage than other statin medicines.
  • If you have liver problems, Pravachol (pravastatin) is the safest statin to use.
  • It's available as a generic.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
Downsides and risks
pravastatinAntara
  • Pravachol (pravastatin) isn't as strong as other statins in lowering your cholesterol.
  • You'll still need to eat a low fat diet and exercise regularly to get the full benefit of Pravachol (pravastatin).
  • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
  • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
  • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
pravastatinAntara
  • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
  • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Don't eat grapefruit and drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
  • Also let your doctor know if you notice dark urine or yellowing of your eyes or skin.
  • You'll need to stop taking Pravachol (pravastatin) if you get pregnant.
  • Lowers triglycerides.
  • Can cause backache or headache.
  • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
  • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
  • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
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