Drug Class: What is Pravachol and why is it prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does it work?
Dosage: How should you take this medication?
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication
Special information on taking this medication
Pravachol side effects
|Drug Class: What is Pravachol and why is it prescribed?|
Generic Pravachol 80 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 it 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 this medication?|
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 80 mg at least 1 hour before or 4 hours
after taking the other drug.
|Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication|
If Generic Pravachol 80 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 80 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 taking this medication|
Special information on Generic Pravachol 80 mg, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you must not become pregnant while taking Generic Pravachol 80 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 80 mg might cause birth defects. Your doctor will prescribe Generic Pravachol 80 mg only if you are highly unlikely to become pregnant while taking the drug. If
|Pravachol side effects|
| Side effects of Generic Pravachol 80 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 80 mg.
Side effects of Generic Pravachol 80 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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