Pravastatin is a drug used in the treatment of high cholesterol. It is a generic version of the statin called Lipostat, and performs the same function in the body. By lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, this pill helps to offset the risk of associated conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and angina. Pravastatin contains an active constituent of the same name, and is manufactured by Teva.
- Adept at reducing cholesterol
- Several strengths available
- Lowers risk of heart disease
Cholesterol is a type of fat which the body requires for normal function, as it helps to build healthy cell tissue. It is closely associated by many people with fatty foods, and is present in a large number of these. These are absorbed into the body through the small bowel. Cholesterol is also produced by the liver. Proteins then bond with these fats to form something called lipoproteins, and carry them around the body via the bloodstream. This is the transportation process which gets cholesterol to the areas of the body that require it, so it can form its job as a nutrient.
However, when levels of some types of cholesterol become too high, problems can result. LDLs, or low density lipoproteins, can start to collect in the passages of the bloodstream, such as the arteries. This can lead to a narrowing of these passages, causing restricted blood flow. As a result, a person’s susceptibility to heart or respiratory problems may increase.
Lifestyle habits can contribute to high cholesterol; for example, if someone has a high amount of saturated fat in their diet, or if they drink alcohol heavily, or smoke. People who don’t get enough exercise may also find themselves more prone to high cholesterol. But the condition is not always determined by lifestyle choices. Some people may be genetically predisposed to high cholesterol, and for others, it may be a secondary consequence of another condition, such as diabetes.
Treatment for high cholesterol is most typically issued when a change in dietary and lifestyle habits have proved ineffective. Statins such as pravastatin work by inhibiting the function of an enzyme in the liver, called HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme is integral to the conversion process which generates cholesterol in the body. By limiting its action, pravastatin helps to lower the level of cholesterol present in the body, thus helping to prevent heart and circulation problems.
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Before using this product, it is important to read the instructions contained in the patient information leaflet. This will help you to lower the risk of potential side effects. Always take your medication as directed by your prescriber, so that your course is as effective as possible.
- Take as directed.
- A typical starting dose is one tablet (10 or 20mg, depending on your sensitivity to potential side effects) taken daily.
- Swallow the tablets whole. It is advisable that you take them with a glass of water.
- Try to take your pill at the same time each day, to help you remember it.
- Continue the course at this rate until otherwise specified by your doctor.
- You will usually be required to have your cholesterol levels monitored on a regular basis during the course of treatment.
- Your doctor may choose to adjust your dose in accordance with your response to it.
- Do not exceed the amount prescribed.
- If you forget to take your pill, you may be able to take it when you remember, provided that your next dose is not due within the next four hours. If your next administration is due, skip the missed dose and carry on the course as normal. Do not compensate by taking double the amount at one time.
This is not a comprehensive account of the side effects this product may cause. More detailed information can be found in the leaflet provided with the medication.
It is vital to be aware of the side effects associated with this treatment, as some of them may necessitate immediate medical attention. Let your general practitioner or most convenient healthcare professional know if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, or experience any muscle pain, tenderness or weakness.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Dizziness, tiredness, indigestion, feeling or being sick, stomach pain, headache, insomnia, sight problems, diarrhoea, itching, hives, rashes, hair loss, increased urinary urgency, muscle or joint pain, or constipation.
Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
Burning, tingling, severe skin symptoms resembling lupus erythematosus, hepatitis, pancreatitis, myositis, or irregular liver function tests.
This is not a complete list of the side effects this product may potentially induce. For a more comprehensive account, consult the leaflet supplied.
Taking it with other medicines
Your prescriber needs to know if you are taking any other treatments. Pravastatin may interact with the following: cholesterol lowering drugs, such as the fibrates gemfibrozil or fenofibrate; ciclosporin; antibiotics such as erythromycin or clarithromycin; or nicotinic acid.
Conditions to look out for
This medication is not suitable for persons with active liver disease, or are displaying abnormal readings on liver function tests. Those who are 70, or have or have had the following conditions may also not be able to use it, or need to have their usage closely monitored: kidney disease; liver disease; hypothyroidism; or hereditary or treatment-induced muscle disorders.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Pravastatin should not be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Do not take this treatment and talk to your GP if you become pregnant, are trying to conceive, or if you are breastfeeding.
Driving and using machinery
Pravastatin can cause dizziness in some users. If you are affected by side effects such as these, do not drive or operate heavy machinery.
Food, drink and alcohol
Alcohol consumption should be kept to a minimum. Check with your doctor before taking Pravastatin for advice on alcohol use.
This medicine contains lactose. Tell your prescriber if you have any intolerances to sugar.
Can I still drink alcohol?
The consumption of large amounts of alcohol is not recommended when using this treatment, as it may negate its positive effects.
Will I still be able to drive?
You should be able to drive when using Pravastatin. If you do notice any side effects which may make driving unsafe however, you should not drive and let your doctor know.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It is not suitable for use by those who are pregnant or think they may be. It should also not be used by anyone who is breastfeeding.
How should I store it?
Store in a safe place at room temperature.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
The components of this product are as follows: pravastatin sodium, crospovidone, lactose monohydrate and magnesium stearate. Do not take it if you allergic to any of these.
Is it available over-the-counter?
Pravastatin is prescription only. This means that a doctor will need to review your case before this medication can be issued.
Is it right for me?
The high cholesterol medication you use will be decided upon during consultation with your GP or specialist. They will select a suitable treatment and issue a prescription where required.
We do not sell this medicine through our site. Consult your GP if you are seeking prescription renewal for this treatment.
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