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Does cholesterol medicine pravastatin make you gain weight?

Does cholesterol medicine pravastatin make you gain weight?

Not reported side ef: Interesting question. Not a reported side effect. A few studies have reported a decrease in androgen levels in both men and women on pravastatin. This could potentially lead to fat accumulation in the abdomen. I would however look for other more common causes and especially be sure to check the thyroid function. ...Read more

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My latest LDL 88 HDL 46 trgl 115 tc 153, would you consider taking cholesterol medicine for these numbers such as 10 mg pravachol (pravastatin).. ?

My latest LDL 88 HDL 46 trgl 115 tc 153, would you consider taking  cholesterol medicine for these numbers such as 10 mg pravachol (pravastatin)..
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Depends on Particles: Cardiovascular (cvd) risk is related to LDL (ldl-p) and HDL (hdl-p) particle number. Because cholesterol in LDL and HDL particles is highly variable, ldl-c and hdl-c levels often disagree with ldl-p and hdl-p. When cholesterol and particle number disagree cvd risk tracks with ldl-p and hdl-p, not ldl-c or hdl-c. For high risk patients ldl-p goal is < 1000 (option < 800), otherwise goal is < 1300. ...Read more

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Is pravachol (pravastatin) effective in lowering cholesterol?

Is pravachol (pravastatin) effective in lowering cholesterol?

LDLHDLnotCholesterol: Yes/some. But Cholesterol: a fat molecule manufactured by every animal cell; building block of each cell membrane (enables fluidity & not tearing) fundamental to survival of every animal cell & animal movement. Lipoproteins (proteins which transport all fats in water outside cells) is the correct issue for artery disease (e.g. LDL ?700 nmol/l & Large-HDL ?9 ┬Ámol/l). Cholesterol ?$, but misleading. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed pravastatin sodium 20mg for cholesterol, i'm concerned about it's long term side effects i'm a diabetic.

I have been prescribed pravastatin sodium 20mg for cholesterol,  i'm concerned about it's long term side effects i'm a diabetic.

Monitor: It's an effective medication and widely used. You should take it, especially as a diabetic. Just keep close follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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My father had a hs, CRP level of 4.7, high cholesterol &a calcium score-1. How significant is this? He started pravastatin which lowered it to 1.8.

My father had a hs, CRP level of 4.7,  high cholesterol &a calcium score-1. How significant is this? He started pravastatin which lowered it to 1.8.

Risk factors: An elevated hscrp and cholesterol are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. His calcium score is low(good). Pravastatin helps lower the total and ldl cholesterol. He should follow a proper diet, maintain normal blood pressure and weight(a dietitian helps), not smoke, and exercise regularly after passing a treadmill stress test. Taking a baby aspirin daily may be worthwhile if his MD agrees. ...Read more

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Which statins offer cardiac help when there is CAD with normal cholesterol that you recommend to ur patients: pravastatin, simvastatin or atorvastatin?

Which statins offer cardiac help when there is CAD with normal cholesterol that you recommend to ur patients: pravastatin, simvastatin or atorvastatin?

Diet, wt. loss 1st,,: You've got a normal cholesterol and a condition of being overweight. Depending on the extent of your cad, it would be smart to talk to your doctor about a reasonable exercise program first. This and diet would help control the CAD without statins which have many side effects and seem to just lower cholesterol. If diet and exercise fail, then drug therapy should be carefully considered. ...Read more

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My father is taking pravastatin 20mg for high cholesterol. Total cholesterol, LDL & HDL are normal but triglycerides are 250. Why is this & what to do?

Change medication.: Assuming he is following a prudent, cholesterol-lowering diet and exercise plan, Pravastatin is not created with the intent of lowering the triglycerides, no matter what dose he tries. Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Crestor will lower the cholesterol at safe doses, but they may be more expensive than Pravastatin, depending on his insurance plan. But they will lower the triglycerides and keep LDL and HDL in check. ...Read more

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My father has high cholesterol and essential thrombocytosis (myloprolifitive disorder) his hs, CRP elevated at 4.5. Pravastatin & aspirin good treatm?

My father has high cholesterol and essential thrombocytosis (myloprolifitive disorder) his hs, CRP elevated at 4.5. Pravastatin & aspirin good treatm?

These sound: like usual treatment for the conditions you describe. But a lot depends on his actual platelet count and cholesterol profile. Sounds like he has a doctor already, so I would follow the doctor's advice. ...Read more