- Decreases bad cholesterol levels whilst increasing good cholesterol levels
- Very effective in treating high cholesterol
- Lowers the risk of more serious issues such as stokes, heart attacks and heart disease
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What is Pravastatin?
Pravastatin is a lipid-lowering statin. It is mostly used to prevent cardiovascular disease in individuals with high cholesterol.
You must have a prescription to buy Pravastatin, although it can be ordered from our online pharmacy after an online consultation with a prescriber.
What are Pravastatin tablets used to treat?
Pravastatin is a lipid-lowering medicine belonging to the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors group of medicines, also known as statins. It is prescribed to lower the non-HDL cholesterol levels in the body, in particular LDL cholesterol levels.
Pravastatin helps to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and provides protection against future heart attacks and strokes.
Statins are the first-line treatment for high cholesterol levels and are particularly effective when used in conjunction with a healthy diet, exercise, and weight loss. More information on how to lower your cholesterol can be found on the NHS website.
Why is Pravastatin recommended for high cholesterol?
Clinical studies have shown Pravastatin to be a very effective and safe treatment for high cholesterol. It is safe for young and old patients alike, although you should only take this medicine if it is prescribed by a doctor.
How does Pravastatin work for high cholesterol?
The two most well know lipoproteins are called Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) also known as bad cholesterol, and High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), also known as good cholesterol.
Pravastatin works by reducing the amount of LDL that is produced by your liver, while also increasing the amount of HDL in your blood.
Pravastatin works by increasing the number of LDL receptors that are responsible for passing the LDL cholesterol into the liver, where it is then excreted from the body.
The increased levels of HDL also help to remove excessive levels of LDL from the body and help to prevent disease and inflammation that can be caused by high LDL levels.
Who can take Pravastatin tablets?
Pravastatin is generally considered to be a very safe medication to use in lowering bad cholesterol levels, but it may not be suitable for everyone to use.
Before taking Pravastatin, you should tell your doctor if any of the below apply to you:
- You have had an allergic reaction to pravastatin sodium, any other ingredients contained in this medicine, or any other medicines in the past
- You have liver problems
- You have kidney problems
- You have an underactive thyroid
- You drink large quantities of alcohol
- You have severe lung disease
- You have had muscular side effects while taking any statins in the past
- You have or have had any muscle disorders
Can you buy Pravastatin over the counter in the UK?
Pravastatin is a prescription-only medicine and must be prescribed by a doctor or healthcare professional. Your cholesterol levels may also need regular monitoring if you have been prescribed pravastatin to ensure that the treatment is working as expected.
Can you buy Pravastatin online in the UK?
You can buy pravastatin online from most online UK pharmacies including Medicine Direct. You will need to complete an online health questionnaire so our healthcare professionals can assess your condition to ensure that pravastatin is the most suitable treatment option for you.
There are five types of statins that are used to treat high cholesterol in the UK. Several of these are available to buy online at Medicine Direct:
All statins will have a very similar mechanism of action, although indications and doses can vary depending on which statin you are prescribed.
You should always take the statin that you have been prescribed by your doctor, do not switch between statins.
Pravastatin Dose and Directions
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE prescribing guidelines when prescribing Pravastatin.
Pravastatin is available in 3 different doses:
10mg daily to be taken at night as an adjunct to diet
20mg once daily to be taken at night for the treatment of primary hypercholesterolaemia
40mg once daily at night to prevent cardiovascular events
Source - NICE
When should I take Pravastatin?
Pravastatin should be taken at night. Studies have shown that pravastatin is more effective when taken in the evening rather than in the morning.
Always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before taking any medication. Always follow your doctor's instructions precisely when taking Pravastatin.
How to take Pravastatin
You can consume the tablet before or after eating as it will not affect your stomach, it should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the tablets.
Pravastatin Side Effects
Pravastatin is considered to be a very safe medicine and does not seem to cause many side effects.
It is rare to suffer any adverse reactions while taking Pravastatin. Different statins can affect people in different ways, but you should speak to your doctor if any of these effects persist or do not go away.
Muscle aches and pains are rare side effects of Pravastatin, but they are serious. This may happen after a few weeks or even months after you start using the medication for your high cholesterol. You should report any tenderness, pain, or weakness in your muscles to a doctor straight away.
Memory loss is another rare side effect that is known to occasionally happen in people who take this medicine. This will usually stop when you complete your course of treatment.
This list may not be exhaustive; always read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start to take a new medication.
Pravastatin Warnings and Drug Interactions
Pravastatin is a safe medicine that effectively lowers your cholesterol levels and promotes good cholesterol, but it may interact with other medicines you are currently using.
You should always make sure your doctor is aware of any and all medications you are currently using. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal remedies, supplements and vitamins.
More information on drug interactions with Pravastatin can be found on the NICE website.
Can I take pravastatin during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
It is not recommended you take Pravastatin while pregnant. If you need to be treated for high cholesterol levels, you should inform your doctor if you are currently pregnant, are trying to get pregnant, or think you might be pregnant.
Your doctor may advise you to take a different medication to treat your cholesterol.
Similarly, you should not take Pravastatin if you are breastfeeding. Make sure your doctor is aware if you are breastfeeding; they can recommend alternative cholesterol medicines that may be more suitable.
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Pravastatin sodium
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics.
How much does it cost to buy Pravastatin online in the UK?
Dosage Quantity Price Pravastatin 10mg tablets 28 tablets £12.99 Pravastatin 20mg tablets 28 tablets £12.99 Pravastatin 40mg tablets 28 tablets £13.99
What is Pravastatin used to treat?Pravastatin is used to treat high cholesterol and prevent further complications such as strokes, heart disease and heart attacks.
What is Pravastatin also known as?Pravastatin is also known by its brand name, Lipostat.
How quickly does Pravastatin lower cholesterol?Pravastatin should produce a noticeable reduction in your cholesterol levels within 4 weeks of starting your treatment.
How long will I need to take Pravastatin?If pravastatin successfully helps to regulate and lower your cholesterol, it is likely you will continue to be prescribed this for the rest of your life.
Is Pravastatin safe to take for a long time?Yes, Pravastatin is intended for long term use. In fact, it is much more effective when used long term. There are no known long term side effects of taking pravastatin.
Can I stop taking Pravastatin once it has lowered my cholesterol?No, if you stop taking Pravastatin it is highly likely that your cholesterol levels will increase again. You should not stop taking pravastatin without speaking to your doctor first.
Will Pravastatin increase my risk of diabetes?If you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you may be at a greater risk while taking statins, as they increase the blood sugar level slightly. Your doctor is likely to monitor your blood sugar levels throughout your course of treatment.
When is the best time to take Pravastatin?As our bodies produce more cholesterol at night, it is recommended to take Pravastatin at night, just before bedtime. It is important to take pravastatin at the same time every night.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Pravastatin?Although it is considered safe to drink alcohol while taking Pravastatin, alcohol can directly increase your cholesterol levels. It is recommended to drink alcohol in moderation when taking Pravastatin.
Can I take different statins?Switching between statins has been shown to increase LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Although all statins are used to regulate cholesterol levels, each statin works in different ways. Mixing or switching between different statins will not control your cholesterol level effectively.
Medically reviewed by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840
Published on: 12/10/2020
Updated on: 29/06/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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