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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Pravastatin Sodium (Definition)

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


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

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

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When should I take pravachol (pravastatin) 40mg...In the am or pm?

When should I take pravachol (pravastatin) 40mg...In the am or pm?

Either.: The best time to take it is when you will remember to take it. Am or pm doesn't really matter. The pharmacy will tell you pm, but it really doesn't matter. ...Read more

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Pravachol (pravastatin) 40mg what are the side effect?

Pravastin: There are multiple side effects including liver abnormalities and / or muscle aches or pains. There should be a significant benefit for the medicine versus the risk of taking it. ...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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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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Dizziness upon arising has ceased since increasing dosage of pravachol (pravastatin) from 20 mg to 40mg. Is it possible there is a correlation between the two?

Increased = ceased: Your observation about the chronology of when the dizziness became worse and the increased dose likely confirm this. Contact your md if this is anything more than minor and in particular continues for more than 3-5 days. ...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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Which medicine (10 mg of pravachol (pravastatin) or 10 mg simvastatin) is safer and tolerated while taking 5 mg of amlodipine (ccb) at night. Thanks?

Which medicine (10 mg of pravachol (pravastatin) or 10 mg simvastatin) is safer and tolerated while taking 5 mg of amlodipine (ccb) at night. Thanks?

Pravostatin maybe: There is an interaction between amlodipine and statin drugs which can cause a breakdown in muscle tissues. It is more common with Simvastatin than pravachol (pravastatin). The recommendations say Simvastatin dose should be 20mg or less if taking amlodipine. So both of your choices are ok. But assume risk slightly higher with simvastatin. Note Simvastatin maybe more effective in lowering cholesterol. ...Read more

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Does pravachol (pravastatin) 40 mg help lower trig.224 level increase HDL 27 level and solve the metabolic syndrome state my tall is 168 CM and 86 kg BP is 150/90?

Does pravachol (pravastatin) 40 mg help lower trig.224 level increase HDL 27 level and solve the metabolic syndrome state my tall is 168 CM and 86 kg BP is 150/90?

Not Everything!: Pravachol (pravastatin) is a statin that is good for lowering LDL (bad chol) and increasing HDL (good chol). It does not do much for trig. Or metabolic syndrome. You may not want to hear it, but exercise and weight loss will help with metabolic syndrome. Exercise increases HDL and weight loss should help decrease trig and help with bs abnormalities. ...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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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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I have micro colitis. Taking colestipol and Endicort. Does the colestipol affect the effectiveness of my valium? I take Endicort, Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) and Pravachol first thing in am. Colestipol 1 hr later,

Take colestipol: As much as possible on empty stomach. Pravachol (pravastatin) should be taken at night. If colestipol taken alone on empty stomach it should not interfere with other medsu ...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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My husband takes pravachol (pravastatin) his muscles hurt he also takes gabapentin for neuropathy not a diabetic he gets mood seings?

No interaction: There is no interaction between the two drugs. Pravachol (pravastatin) is a "statin" drug. Muscle pain is an adverse effect to be worried about with these drugs. I would call his prescribing doctor asap. The mood swings may be from his muscle pain. ...Read more

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My mom's doctor told her to double up her Pravachol (pravastatin) to 80 my instead of 40mg now she is feeling hot, dizzy, and tingling sentations. Why?

My mom's doctor told her to double up her Pravachol (pravastatin) to 80 my instead of 40mg now she is feeling hot, dizzy, and tingling sentations. Why?

Possible: Medication side effect given timing. Would stop taking for now and go to the emergency room to figure out what's going on. ...Read more

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How effective is pravastatin (Pravachol) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is pravastatin (Pravachol) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

Effective but...: Pravachol (pravastatin) below to the class of lipid lowering agents called Statins. Statins are effective in preventing heart disease, but a big component of effectiveness is in lowering inflammation and not just treating cholesterol. There are some downsides to Statins including liver abnormality, muscle ache and some cases of increasing diabetes risk. See Your Vibrant Heart book. ...Read more

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I am taking simvastatin + beta blocker in the evening. It was ok, but pravachol (pravastatin) 10 mg + 5 mg amlodipine in the eveninggives nausea, fatigue and muscle pain. Any adjustments.?

I am taking simvastatin + beta blocker in the evening. It was ok, but pravachol (pravastatin) 10 mg + 5 mg amlodipine in the eveninggives nausea, fatigue and muscle pain. Any adjustments.?

Hard to know: Without knowing more information, it's hard to explain what is happening to you. I recommend going back to your doctor and let them know. You could take the medication at different time of the day or go back to the original regimen. Your current doctor would be the best to answer this question. ...Read more

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What is the side effect of pravastatin sodium?

Well tolerated: The majority of people on pravatatin don't even know they're taking it. Occasionally there is generalized muscle aching which improves on a smaller dose. Nausea, headache, rash fatigue, dizziness and stomach pain are listed as side effects but I rarely see them. If you think it's causing a side effect, the protocol is to stop it till the symptom resolves and then restart it to see if it returns. ...Read more

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Can I have 3 glasses of wine while taking pravastatin sodium 20 mg?

Can I have 3 glasses of wine while taking pravastatin sodium 20 mg?

Caution: Excessive alcohol intake can potentially lead to liver dysfunction and/or damage. Pravastatin can potentially do the same. Taken together the risk increases. Alcohol consumption in moderation (couple of drinks a day) in individuals with no history of liver disease, while on statins, would be unlikely to cause a problem. Periodic monitoring of liver function should be done. ...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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What is the side effect of green tea extract capsule to pravastatin sodium & diltiazem?

What is the side effect of green tea extract capsule to pravastatin sodium & diltiazem?

None.: Green tea powder is a potent anti-oxidant and will not interfere with pravastatin or diltiazem. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of green tea extract capsule to pravastatin sodium & diltiazem?

Unknown: They are probably;y unknown as herbal medicines have not been extensively studied as prescription medicines. You should NOT take any herbs, vitamins, over the counter medications without the explicit consent of your doctor. Be careful. ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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How can I dispose unused medications?

How can I dispose unused medications?

Several options: You can take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Some medically oriented charities will also take medication for distribution to the disadvantaged. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: topical?

Please describe the medication: topical?

Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more

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What medications are given fordepression?

What medications are given fordepression?

Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Pravachol (Definition)

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