Pravastatin: Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Pravastatin is the drugs called HMG coA reductase or statins. It can reduce the level low-density lipoprotein or LDL and triglycerides in the blood while increasing the good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein).

It mainly used to treat the high cholesterol, and lowers the risk of heart complications in the people with type-2 Diabetes.

Information about the Pravastatin:

The women should not be taken if they are allergic, pregnant and breastfeeding, or if any liver diseases. The interaction may occur if the medications along with the atorvastatin, in rare cases it can cause breakdown of skeleton muscle which leads to  kidney failure; seek emergency treatment if you have to feel any fever, muscle pain, and a colored urine. Avoid eating foods which contain high fat. Avoid consuming alcohol it can raise the triglyceride levels and increases the risk of liver damage.

 Dosage patterns of Pravastatin:

Cardiovascular disease

Initial dose: it is about 10-20mg to be taken orally once in a day.

Maintenance dose: it is about 10-80mg to be taken orally once a day.

Use: it is mainly used in coronary heart disease

It is also used in type-2 diabetes

Hyperlipidemia:

Initial dose: it is about 40mg to be taken orally once in a day.

Maintenance dose: it is about 40-80mg to be taken orally once in a day

Myocardial infarction:

Initial dose: 40mg to be taken orally once a day

Maintenance dose: 40-80mg to be taken once a day

Ischemic stroke:

Initial dose: 40mg to be taken once daily

Maintenance dose: 40-80mg once daily

Hypercholesterolemia:

8-13yrs: 20mg to be taken orally once a day

14-18yrs: 40mg orally to be taken once a day

Pravastatin Side effects:

Severity: major

Less common

  • Muscle pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Pain in joints
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • headache

Severity: minor

More common

  • Back pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Difficulty in urination

Less common:

  • Constipation
  • Back pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shivering
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Bloody nose
  • Bloody urine
  • Increased body movements

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