Pravachol review

Pravachol is also prescribed under the generic name of pravastatin. Pravachol prevents the body from absorbing a percentage of cholesterol taken into the body. Known as a cholesterol lowering medication, it can reduce the total cholesterol in the body. Lowering the body’ cholesterol also lowers the risk of stroke, heart attacks, and vascular diseases.

In some patients Pravachol can cause a condition that breaks down the skeletal muscle tissue, resulting in severe effects including the loss of kidney function. Patients should expect to undergo blood testing regularly to prevent this disorder. Patients should also get emergency medical advice should they experience unusual muscle pain, muscle weakness, flu symptoms, or dark colored urine. These are symptoms associated with potential kidney problems.

Patients with a medical history which includes kidney disease, under active thyroid, diabetes, muscle disorders, or have a history of drinking more than 3 alcoholic beverages in one day might not be able to take Pravachol, or may require special testing or special dosing. A thorough medical history should be assessed before prescribing this medication.

The American Food and Drug Administration has rated Pravachol as a pregnancy risk category X, which means that this medication is extremely dangerous for a developing fetus. Pravachol also leaks into breast milk and can cause ill effects to a nursing baby. Women who are pregnant, nursing, or may become pregnant should not take this medication. If pregnancy accidentally occurs (patients should be encouraged to use two forms of birth control while taking Pravachol) the physician should be notified immediately.

In the event that a dose is missed, a dose can be taken when remembered or as soon as possible. However, if a dose is too close to the next dose, it should just be skipped. Patients should not take a double dose of this medication.

In the event of an overdose, patients should seek immediate medical advice. Pravachol is not expected to cause serious effects, but patients should still make sure by visiting the emergency room.

Side effects are expected and are generally mild and do not require medical care. Patients should discuss any bothersome side effects with their physician. Common side effects include fatigue, headaches, dizziness, skin rash, general pain, stuffy nose, cold symptoms, mild stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, gas, bloating, upset stomach, and general tiredness.

Some side effects can be life threatening and indicate a need for immediate medical treatment. Allergic reactions present with facial swelling, hives, and respiratory distress. Other life threatening side effects may include chest pain, muscle pain or tenderness, weakness, flu symptoms, and nausea, accompanied by low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, and jaundice.

Physicians should always urge their patients to inquire within before taking any new over the counter or prescription medication, or herbal or vitamin supplements. Medications with a known history of interactions include anti-fungal medications, erythromycin, gemfibrozil, and diltiazem. Mixing medications without consent can lead to serious interactions that can either decrease the effects of Pravachol, the effects of other medications, or cause life threatening interactions.

Pravachol has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of pravachol

• Molecular formula of pravachol is C23H36O7
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 3,5-dihydroxy-7-[6-hydroxy-2-methyl-8-(2-methylbutanoyloxy)- 1,2,6,7,8,8a-hexahydronaphthalen-1-yl]-heptanoic acid
• Molecular weight is 424.528 g/mol
Pravachol available : 10mg tablets, 20mg tablets, 40mg tablets, 80mg tablets

Generic name: Pravastatin

Brand name(s): Compactin, Elisor, Lipostat, Lovastatin, Mevacor, Mevalotin, Mevastatin, Mevinolin, Oliprevin, Pravaselect, Pravastatina, Pravastatine, Pravastatinum, Selectin, Selipran, Vasten

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