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Pravastatin Sodium

Lipostat is a treatment used to lower cholesterol levels, made by Bristol Myers Squibb (or BMS). It belongs to a group of drugs called statins.

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05 December 2019
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Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 05 December 2019
Product information

Lipostat is a type of medication called a statin, used to help lower levels of cholesterol in those cases where they may pose a health risk. It is a tablet, available in a range of doses. The strength you are issued will depend on whether or not you have used Lipostat or similar products before, or if you are susceptible to side effects. As with other statins, it is intended to form part of wider programme to help reduce cholesterol levels, which may also include eating a balanced diet and exercise. Lipostat is a branded drug made by Bristol Myers Squibb.

  1. Available in three doses
  2. Proficient at reducing cholesterol
  3. Easy to take pill

High cholesterol is not always a condition which has a noticeable, direct outwardly effect. It is characterised by an abundant presence in the blood of a particular type of fat, called low-density lipoproteins. These are produced by the liver, but are present in a large number of foods too, and absorbed into the body through the small intestine.

While high levels of these fats can be detrimental to a person’s health, it is often forgotten that cholesterol is a nutrient which the body needs, as it helps to form healthy cell structures. After being generated by the liver, cholesterol is transported around the body by proteins to the areas which require it, using the bloodstream as a pathway.

But, high levels of cholesterol can exert strain on the body’s arteries, by accumulating in these channels and causing congestion. This can lead to decreased blood flow and blockages, and over time, heart and respiratory problems may result; including angina, a heart attack or a stroke. Decreasing high cholesterol levels is therefore paramount in reducing the risk of these potentially harmful illnesses.

Among the main contributors to high cholesterol are: an unhealthy diet (such as the regular consumption of foods high in saturates), alcohol consumption, smoking, and lack of exercise. In cases where addressing these practices has not proved sufficient in lowering cholesterol, a doctor may advise treatment.

Statins are a common form of medication for those who have high cholesterol levels, as they contain an ingredient which helps to slow down the production of these fats in the body. The functioning constituent of Lipostat is a substance called pravastatin. This works by interfering with the activity of an enzyme found in the liver, which is conducive to cholesterol production. This lowers the levels of cholesterol in the body, and in turn reduces the likelihood of heart disease and other associated conditions.

Please note that we do not provide high cholesterol medications through our site. To renew your prescription, we recommend you contact your GP.

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To get the best possible results out Lipostat and to limit the risk of potential side effects, you should make sure you follow the directions issued by your prescriber, and adhere to the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet.

  1. Take according to your doctor’s directions.
  2. For those who are starting this treatment, the usual starting dose will be between 10mg and 20mg per day.
  3. Your doctor may choose to adjust this after a period of use, depending on your response. 
  4. During the use of this product, your cholesterol levels will likely need to be monitored at regular intervals.
  5. The drug is administered as one daily dose. It is advised that you do so in the evening.
  6. Swallow your tablets whole, with water.
  7. Do not take more than the amount prescribed by our physician.
  8. If you miss a dose, skip it and carry on the course as normal. 
  9. Never make up for a missed dose by taking a double administration at your next scheduled time.

The above do not constitute detailed directions. Consult those provided in the leaflet supplied prior to use.

Download Lipostat patient information leaflet

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Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Lipostat 10mg

Lipostat 20mg

Lipostat 40mg

Side effects & Warnings

Side effects

Not everyone who uses this product will get them, but it is still important to be aware of the potential side effects of this treatment so that you can seek medical help if you need it. Go to your nearest doctor or hospital right away if you notice anything which could be harmful, including any signs of the following: an allergic reaction; or muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, which may be accompanied by a high temperature. Refer to the patient information leaflet for more information.

Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):

Dizziness, tiredness, headache or sleep disturbances, blurred or double vision, indigestion, feeling or being sick, stomach pain or discomfort, diarrhoea or constipation and wind, itching, pimples, hives, rashes, sexual difficulties, scalp and hair loss, bladder problems, or muscle and joint pain.

Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):

Tingling or burning sensations, numbness, lupus erythematous-like syndrome, inflammation of the liver or pancreas, or abnormal blood tests.

The list provided here is not comprehensive. Please refer to the leaflet supplied for a more detailed account.


Taking it with other medicines

Inform your prescriber if you are using any other treatments. Lipostat may interact with the following, by reducing their effect or vice versa: any other medication indicated to help lower levels of fat in the blood, for instance fibrates such as gemfibrozil or fenofibrate; ciclosporin; clarithromycin; or any product containing nicotinic acid.

Special care should be taken if using this treatment in conjunction with resin-type drugs that lower the levels of fat in the blood, such as colestyramine or colestipol.

Conditions to look out for

There are a number of health factors which may make this product unsuitable for use. Do not use this drug if you have liver disease, or if your liver is not functioning normally. You should also let your prescriber know if you: are over the age of 70; or have or have ever had any of the following: liver or kidney disease; an underactive thyroid; or muscle disorders caused by a hereditary disease, other statins or fibrates.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Lipostat should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive, do not take this treatment and speak to your doctor.

Driving and using machinery

If you get any side effects such as dizziness, you should not drive or use machinery.

Food, drink and alcohol

Alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum. Speak to your doctor for advice about alcohol consumption before using this medication.

If you are over 70

Your GP may need to carry out extra tests to make sure Lipostat is safe.

Lactose intolerance

This medicine contains lactose. Let your prescriber know if you have any intolerances to sugar.

Page last reviewed:  05/12/2019
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Lipostat 10mg

Lipostat 20mg

Lipostat 40mg


Can I still drink alcohol?

The consumption of alcohol in large amounts may render this product less effective, and is therefore not advised.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes, you should still be able to drive when taking this treatment. However, if you notice any side effects which could compromise your judgment or motor skills, you should refrain from driving and let your doctor know as soon as possible.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

This drug should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I store it?

Store this item in a safe environment out of the reach of children, and below 25°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This medication contains: pravastatin sodium, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, povidone, croscarmellose sodium, magnesium stearate, heavy magnesium oxide, and yellow iron oxide (E172).

Do not use it if you are or think you may be allergic to any of these components.

Is it available over-the-counter?

No. You can only buy Lipostat with a prescription.

Is it right for me?

The product you use will be decided upon by your doctor or consultant, following a cholesterol test and review. They will initiate treatment, if required, after assessing your condition.

We do not offer this medicine through our site. Speak to your doctor if you are looking to renew your prescription for this item.


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