Drug Class: What is Pravachol and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Pravachol work?
Dosage: How should you take Pravachol?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Pravachol
Special information on Pravachol
Pravachol side effects
|Drug Class: What is Pravachol and why is it prescribed?|
Generic Pravachol 20 mg, Pravastatin is an oral drug for lowering cholesterol in the blood. It has been shown to reduce the occurrence of heart attacks, strokes and death
caused by coronary heart disease. It belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA
reductase Inhibitors, commonly called statins.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Pravachol work?|
Statins reduce cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in the liver (HMG-CoA reductase) that is necessary for the production of cholesterol.
|Dosage: How should you take Pravachol?|
For an even greater cholesterol-lowering effect, your doctor may prescribe Generic Pravachol along with a different kind of lipid-lowering drug such as Questran or Colestid.
However, you must not take Generic Pravachol at the same time of day as the other
cholesterol-lowering drug. Take Generic Pravachol 20 mg at least 1 hour before or 4 hours
after taking the other drug.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking Pravachol|
If Generic Pravachol 20 mg is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Generic Pravachol 20 mg with the following: Cholestyramine (Questran), Cimetidine (Tagamet), Colestipol (Colestid), Diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac), Drugs that suppress the immune system, such as Sandimmune and Neoral, Erythromycin (E.E.S., Erythrocin, others), Gemfibrozil (Lopid), Itraconazole (Sporanox), Niacin (Niacor, Niaspan), Warfarin
|Special information on Pravachol|
Special information on Generic Pravachol 20 mg, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you must not become pregnant while taking Generic Pravachol 20 mg. Because Generic Pravachol lowers cholesterol, and cholesterol is necessary for the proper development of an unborn baby, there is some suspicion that Generic Pravachol 20 mg might cause birth defects. Your doctor will prescribe Generic Pravachol 20 mg only if you are highly unlikely to become pregnant while taking the drug. If
|Pravachol side effects|
| Side effects of Generic Pravachol 20 mg cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change
in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine
if it is safe for you to continue taking Generic Pravachol 20 mg.
Side effects of Generic Pravachol 20 mg: May include abdominal pain, chest pain, constipation, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, gas, headache, heartburn, inflammation of nasal passages, muscle aching or weakness, nausea, rash, stomach or intestinal discomfort, urinary problems, vomiting.
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