PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet)

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PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) Drug and Prescription Information

PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet)

PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) Medication Classification


PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) Brandname

Pravachol, Pravigard Pac

PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) is used for the Treatment

Pravastatin (PRA-va-stat-in) Lowers high levels of cholesterol.

When To Not Use PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to pravastatin, or to similar medicines such as atorvastatin (Lipitor®), cerivastatin (Baycol®), fluvastatin (Lescol®), lovastatin (Mevacor®), or simvastatin (Zocor®). You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have liver disease.

How Should You Use PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often.
  • You may take the medicine with or without food. Take the medicine in the evening or at bedtime, unless your doctor tells you differently.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) Storage

Store PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®), gemfibrozil (Lopid®), or cholestyramine (Questran®).

PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) Warnings

  • Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver disease, kidney disease, or a muscle disorder.
  • Tell your doctor if you usually drink large amounts of alcohol.
  • Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
  • Do not stop using this medicine without asking your doctor. You may need a special diet to keep your cholesterol levels from going up after you stop using the medicine.

PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Muscle pain, weakness, or cramps
  • Skin rash or hives
  • Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • Unexplained fever
  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Mild stomach upset, gas, indigestion

PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet) Ratings

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PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: ***

Overall Satisfaction: *


Karen Wade, Ada, Oklahoma - 10/17/2014

I want people to know about this drug!! it's not safe and should either be pulled from the market or at least studied more. I was on this drug for 7 months. I was so weak pushing a shopping cart was an effort. I was tired all the time, restless at night, leg cramps so bad all I could do was cry. I felt nauseated all the time, my hair was coming out by the hands full, I felt so bad I just kept asking my doctors what was going on. they did full blood workup including thyroid, everything came back fine. my heart doctor found it as soon as I started telling him, I feel if this had gone on any longer I may not be here, it was getting that bad. I have been off this drug for about a month and seeing so much difference, I can only hope there are not lasting effects. Please Please put a stronger warning on this drug. someone else may be taking it and not have the great doctor I have and let this go to long.

PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet)

Effectiveness: *

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: *


Denise, chicago - 10/04/2008

Taking Pravastin has caused more pain that it has helped. I have been active my entire life and now I can barely go for a walk. It's not a guarantee that my symptoms are related to the medication, but this information should serve as a warning. I have recently had to deal with pain that rivals the pain of a broken bone. And this is on a constant basis. In addition to that, I have experienced heart palpitations, constipation, and insomnia. Some lesser side effects are a sore throat and bloating. All put together, I would not recommend this medications. There has to be a better alternative out there.

PRAVASTATIN (Oral) (Tablet)

Effectiveness: ****

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: *


Martin Wilson, montana - 12/01/2009

After a year of using Pravastatin I have experienced several side effects including constipation, muscle aches, and brittle and splitting fingernails. Even though my cholesterol levels are better I feel sick all the time and my doctor gives me the same old speech that it’s because I am getting older. This is not the answer I want to hear. When I was younger I tried a vegan diet and my cholesterol number dropped then and I have decided once again to try the vegan diet in the hopes of losing some weight and drop my chol numbers. I am going to see my Doctor after being on the vegan diet for three months and I am hoping to see good results because I do not want to be on this medication after reading the other reviews.