Pravachol

(pravastatin)

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Lowers cholesterol.

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Our bottom line

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.

Quick facts about pravastatin
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (pravastatin)
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Upsides

  • 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.

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Downsides

  • 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).

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How it works

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).

Quick facts about pravastatin
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (pravastatin)
People’s experience with pravastatin

426reviews so far. What do you think?

What to expect when you take Pravachol (pravastatin) for High cholesterol

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Side effect rates for Pravachol (pravastatin)

From 1313 clinical trials of pravastatin when taken for high cholesterol (any dose)
  • Muscle, joint or ligament/tendon pain    
  • Nausea, vomiting    
  • Diarrhea    
  • Headache    
  • Upper respiratory infection    
  • Chest pain    
  • Rash
  • Dizziness
  • Stuffy nose
  • Muscle damage
  • Flatulence    
  • Indigestion, heartburn    
  • Fatigue    
  • Chest pain    
  • Cough
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Influenza
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Bile duct disease

Risks and Warnings for Pravachol (pravastatin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Kidney disease
    • An underactive thyroid
    • Over age 65
    • Female gender
    • Taking other medicines to lower your cholesterol

    Rarely, people taking medicines like Pravachol (pravastatin) have muscle damage that can sometimes lead to kidney damage. This is more likely if you have kidney disease, an underactive thyroid, if you're older, or a female. Talk to your doctor right away if you have unexplained suddenly severe muscle pain, weakness, or fever.

Common concerns from people taking Pravachol (pravastatin)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Reviewed pravastatinon 8/11/2017Take it with food in the evening.
    67
    Man
    A month or so
    Heart attack prevention
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
Pain
  • Reviewed pravastatinon 8/3/2017Unbearable muscle pain- I thought I needed a walker to get around! It was awful. I know high cholesterol has to be addressed, but not at the cost of mobility.
    60
    Woman
    A couple weeks
    High cholesterol
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