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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Pravachol (Overview)

Pravachol is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid lowering agent (cardiovascular drug).


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Having some side effect.From 10 mg pravachol (pravastatin). Can i take it just 3 times a week and still get the benefits. What is pravachol (pravastatin) half life. ?

Having  some side effect.From 10 mg pravachol (pravastatin). Can i take it  just 3 times a week and still get the benefits. What is pravachol (pravastatin) half life. ?

Half Life is 1.8h: Not much benefit from thrice weekly pravastatin. The usual adult dose is 40mg, so 10mg is a very low dose to start with. One could withdraw the drug and keep an open mind as to whether the symptom is relieved. This could still happen by chance but is one way to separate "side effect" from other problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Pravachol (Overview)

Pravachol is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid lowering agent (cardiovascular drug).


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Please describe the medication: pravachol (pravastatin)?

Please describe the medication: pravachol (pravastatin)?

Pravachol (pravastatin): Pravachol (pravastatin) is part of a class of drugs called statins or hmg co-a reductase inhibitors. They are used to treat high cholesterol to reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke or dying from a heart attack or stroke. ...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 read on line that it is safe to drink red grapefruit juice if your taking pravachol, (pravastatin) is it?

I read on line that it is safe to drink red grapefruit juice if your taking pravachol, (pravastatin) is it?

In moderation: Safer to eat red grapefruit, as you are less likely to eat 6, 12, 20, etc, than drink 1/2 gallon, which might cause drug metabolism issue with certain meds. Intermittent use (/eating or drinking) allows time for liver to process the meds and other things presented to it. ...Read more

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I have been advised to receive 20 mg. Of pravachol (pravastatin) daily. I was previously on zocor (simvastatin). Which medicine is safer as to side effects?

Neither: They're very similar in structure, efficacy, and safety/side effect profile. But because they are slightly different, one may be better for you than the other. Your doctor should be monitoring your progress on these meds. ...Read more

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What is the peak time and half-life of amlodipine, pravachol, (pravastatin) and benicar/hct medicines respectively. Thanks for the help in advance.

What is the peak time and half-life of amlodipine, pravachol, (pravastatin)  and benicar/hct medicines respectively. Thanks for the help in advance.

LookOnline & Empower: Search engines, esp google, can rapidly find these answers for you (& me), e.g. Search "amlodipine t½" & go to nih, fda or edu websites. Keep in mind that chemical t½ life & physiologic t½ life may be very different, data is only a small group average & there are many variables. Also keep in mind that your primary medical decision maker (primary physician, if you will) is always you, no one else. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: pravachol (pravastatin)?

Pravachol (pravastatin): Pravachol (pravastatin) is part of a class of drugs called statins or hmg co-a reductase inhibitors. They are used to treat high cholesterol to reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke or dying from a heart attack or stroke. ...Read more

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Can I take pravachol (pravastatin) with morning my meds ?

Depends on meds: Generally yes, but avoid taking with drugs like fenofibrate, clofibrate, colchicine. Ask a pharmacist which drugs should not be taken together. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Pravastatin Sodium (Definition)

Pravastatin sodium is a HMG-CoA enzyme blocker which is a kind of cholesterol/lipid ...Read more