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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).?

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 µmol/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

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Can I take green coffee bean supplements wfish oil-omega 3 1200mg x 2 caltrate 600d x 2 40 mg corgard (nadolol) for md mvp 80 mg pravastatin for cholesterol?

Can I take green coffee bean supplements wfish oil-omega 3 1200mg x 2 caltrate 600d x 2 40 mg corgard (nadolol) for md mvp 80 mg pravastatin for cholesterol?

Sure but + & - are?: We have millions of compounds in our body, of our own production. You are worrying about a few supplements, some complex (beans); some very refined (pravachol) & intensively studied. By law, dshea 1994, see fda.Gov, if sold otc as a dietary supplement, the marketers are exempt from evaluating or proving their claims, so who knows? Ans: no one. Are trials of complex combo’s done? No; who would pay? ...Read more

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What would happen if I don't take my cholesterol medicine? Simvastatine medicine gives me bad headaches

What would happen if I don't take my cholesterol medicine? Simvastatine medicine gives me bad headaches

See your doctor: If cholesterol medication was prescribed, you likely have high cholesterol and are at risk for heart disease. If the medication is causing side effects, see your doctor to try a different statin. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have your thoughts be on clear and feel wired? Just stop taking cholesterol medicine. I have not sleep good for 1week.

Is it normal to have your thoughts be on clear and feel wired? Just stop taking cholesterol medicine. I have not sleep good for 1week.

Let your doctor know: If you stop any medication, your PCP should know about it, even if it's just a cholesterol medication. Your insomnia, or inability to sleep well may or may not be a result of stopping your medications. Other factors may be at play. Your energy level may be wired as many cholesterol lowering drugs affect Co Q 10 levels, which can make you feel more energetic now, and feel like sleeping less. ...Read more

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Ldl 88 HDL 46 tg 115 tc 153. Ldl-p 874 hdl-p 35.8 small ldl-p 352 LDL size 20.5 lp (a) 34 homocyst 9.0. Any risk or cholesterol medicine needed? .

Ldl 88 HDL 46 tg 115 tc 153. Ldl-p 874 hdl-p 35.8 small ldl-p 352 LDL size 20.5 lp (a) 34 homocyst 9.0. Any risk or cholesterol medicine needed? .

LDL&HDL Not Nonsense: Atherosclerosis begins ~age7, cholesterol (a fat made by all our cells) never been correct issue; promoted because (as a fat within all lipoproteins) ↓$ to measure & if very ↑ (esp. Fasting) tends to correlate with ↑ LDL particle concentrations. In 1970's lipoprotein measurements $5, 000/sample; later 1990s NMR particle test $100. Ldl-p <700 & hdl-p >40 low risk; small ldl-p bad, check hba1c ≤5.0%. ...Read more

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Why take cholesterol medicine at night?

Why take cholesterol medicine at night?

We make most: Cholesterol at that time and so drugs to block the process had better be there then. Frankly, this is more the older medicine that didn't last as long in the system and this hasn't been tested with atorvastatin as much.

But it is due to when we make the cholesterol (night) NOT anything to do with the dtug. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to take cholesterol medicine?

Is it dangerous to take cholesterol medicine?

Cholesterol meds: Cholesterol medicines are safe to take and well tolerated. They do require monitoring for potential side affects however. Periodic lab test are needed. Any muscle pain or weakness needs medical attention. ...Read more

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Is there a safe cholesterol lowering drug that isn't a risk for diabetes, I'm a 55 y/o woman and scared I can get the disease from the meds! Advice?

Is there a safe cholesterol lowering drug that isn't a risk for diabetes, I'm a 55 y/o woman and scared I can get the disease from the meds! Advice?

Need more info: It is not feasible to make a suggestion, without knowing more about your health. Drugs may not be needed to lower cholesterol, if you can make the requisite life style changes. You may consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20181958
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I'm 24 with a high cholesterol (254)...When should I consider taking cholesterol medicine? (i'm trying to improve it with diet and exercise)

I'm 24 with a high cholesterol (254)...When should I consider taking cholesterol medicine? (i'm trying to improve it with diet and exercise)

Not an issue for: Self treatment. I trust that you are under the care of a physician and should discuss the issue with her/him. In the mean time, if you are overweight, try to lose weight. Reduce intake of saturated fats. Keep up the exercise, but plan to see your doctor. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/ds00178. ...Read more

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What cholesterol lowering drug is it that has a side affect of pain in the legs?

What cholesterol lowering drug is it that has a side affect of pain in the legs?

Cholesterol: If you exercise your legs, you can get leg pain regardless of medicine. The statin drugs are often associated with muscle aches but less often with real muscle problems. ...Read more

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My LDL is 140 and my total cholesterol is 216. Do I need cholesterol medicine if my tryglycerides are 75 and my HDL is 61?

My LDL is 140 and my total cholesterol is 216. Do I need cholesterol medicine if my tryglycerides are 75 and my HDL is 61?

Cholesterol, LDL: From the Framingham heart and other studies the LDL hypothesis is held to give LDL value as a strong risk factor for atherosclerotic disease, At age 64 something untoward likely will occur within the next 44 years, there is a good statistical probability it will be a vascular event. ...Read more

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Can I use garcinia cambogia if I use thyroid and cholesterol medicine?

Can I use garcinia cambogia if I use thyroid and cholesterol medicine?

Safe, may not help: Garcinia Camboigia is generally safe & should be OK with those meds, but many research studies show it has little if any benefit- see http://authoritynutrition. Com/garcinia-cambogia-extract/
& the link there for a"proven way to lose weight."
There is no substitute for changing your diet to lose weight, though this supplement is more likely to be helpful than Garcinia: http://tinyurl. Com/q46f4l5 ...Read more

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So how long will it take to start feeling normal after stop taking the cholesterol medicine and will my Q 10 levels are just on their own or do I have to take another form of medication?

So how long will it take to start feeling normal after stop taking the cholesterol medicine and will my Q 10 levels are just on their own or do I have to take another form of medication?

Statin adversity: Interestingly, the original application for statin approval in the US included Co Q 10 as a combined med! FDA would not approve because Co Q10 is a nutrient. Still, all statins reduce muscle Co Q10, not just in skeletal muscles but in myocardium as well. Stopping the statin is important when its adversity mounts but taking hi quality Co Q10 is truly beneficial too. Dietary meat helps a bit. ...Read more

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Cholesterol medicine advicor (lovastatin and niacin) side effects.?

Cholesterol medicine advicor (lovastatin and niacin) side effects.?

Med side effects: Advicor (lovastatin and niacin) contains a statin as well as niacin. Side-effects include muscular aches (statins), inflammation (both), lft elevation (both), and flushing (niacin). Dangerous toxicity is rare, but muscle aches can occur in 10% patients. ...Read more

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I am 50, menopaused since 3 yrs and have a total cholesterol of 281 mg%/ LDL 194 and HDL 60. Should I take a cholesterol lowering drug?

I am 50, menopaused since 3 yrs and have a total cholesterol of 281 mg%/ LDL 194 and HDL 60. Should I take a cholesterol lowering drug?

Consult doctor: Your lipid values are abnormal and you should consult a doctor for advice on diet, exercise and drug treatment. It is not a do it yourself issue. ...Read more

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Taking blood pressure and cholesterol medicine. My liver enzymes were elevated. Is this dangerous. What should I do?

Taking blood pressure and cholesterol medicine. My liver enzymes were elevated. Is this dangerous. What should I do?

Talk to your doctor: Certain cholesterol medications called statins can cause elevations in liver enzymes. Slight elevations are safe, but if if they are very high, you may need to stop or change the medication. Your doctor can help determine if statins are appropriate for you. ...Read more

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Not long ago started taking high blood pressure and high cholesterol medicine. I feel off. Is this normal?

Not long ago started taking high blood pressure and high cholesterol medicine. I feel off. Is this normal?

Could be.: Medications can cause various effects, some of which are only temporary. If the symptoms is bothersome, please do go back to the prescribing doctor and have him/her reevaluate. You could try a different medicine to see if things improve. Often they do. ...Read more