Pravastatin is prescribed to combat high cholesterol. It reduces the amound of “bad” cholesterol being produced by your liver, whilst increasing the amount of “good” cholesterol in your blood.


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Pravastatin for High Cholesterol

Pravastatin is prescribed to combat high cholesterol. It reduces the amound of “bad” cholesterol being produced by your liver, whilst increasing the amount of “good” cholesterol in your blood. By lowering lipids and cholesterol in the blood, we can prevent more serious issues from occurring such as strokes, heart disease and heart attacks. It is safe to use for adults and children over the age of 8.

Different dosage and Strengths of Pravastatin:

Medicine Direct sells the three most regularly prescribed strengths of Pravastatin: 20mg, 40mg and 80mg. You will be prescribed a strength according to your conditions and your doctors review.

Pravastatin 20mg

This lowest strength of Pravastatin will be used for children between 8-13 years old and some conditions. It may also be used to maintain positive results after an initial course of Pravastatin. Moreover, it will be prescribed to patients who were sensitive to stronger doses.

Pravastatin 40mg

This is the general initial dose given to treat Hyperlipidemia and prevent cardiovascular disease. It is usually taken once a day.

Pravastatin 80mg

80mg of Pravastatin is commonly used as a high strength approach to tackling cardiovascular and high cholesterol problems. You may be prescribed this higher strength if your initial dose was not effective enough in treating you. This will be reviewed and judged by your doctor.

How should Pravastatin be taken?

Pravastatin is taken once a day, in most cases in the evening. This is because the enzyme which produces cholesterol is normally most active in the evening/ night.

You can consume the tablet before or after eating as it will not effect your stomach. For children your doctor will calculate how much Pravastatin will be appropriate, for children 8-13 the average dose is 10mg-20mg per day. For older children, between 14-17 years old, the dose can increase in range from 10mg-40mg daily.

If you have forgotten to take a dose of Pravastatin, skip it and take your next dose as scheduled. Do not double dose. Moreover, do not take extra doses. Although extra pravastatin is unlikely to cause harm, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are worried or if you have consumed more than one extra dose.

You should always follow the exact instructions for the administration of medicine as given to you by your doctor. Below is some of the general guidelines that are used for taking Pravastatin in regards to different conditions.

  • Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Usually, the initial dose given to patients to prevent heart disease is 40mg to be taken daily. This strength should come into maximum effect after four weeks. After this time, it is normal to be reviewed by your doctor so that they can check whether the strength of the dosage is adequate for you. The maintenance dose may then be increased to 80mg or maintained at 40mg.

  • Hyperlipidemia

Initially you will be given 40mg to take once a day. This then may be increased to 80mg if it proves ineffective. You will also be guided on how to eat and live a healthier lifestyle to decrease the amount of cholesterol in your blood.

Possible Side Effects of Pravastatin 20mg

Although it is rare to experience side effects, all medicine does come with the risk of developing them. Pravastatin is known to be a very safe medicine, so it is very unusual to experience them whilst taking it. Nonetheless, it is best to be aware of the potential side effects. If you experience any and are concerned, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice. If the symptoms are more serious such as the unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness then you must report these to your doctor or seek immediate medical aid.

Common Side Effects

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach discomfort or pain
  • Vomiting or sickness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin rash which may be itchy

Uncommon Side Effects

  • Unexplained muscle tenderness, pain, weakness or cramping. You must contact your doctor as this could be a sign of muscle breaking down or your kidneys becoming damaged
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Tummy pain which is considered as severe- this may be the inflammation of the pancreas
  • Feeling short of breath or having a cough
  • Unintentional weight loss

In rare cases patients taking Pravastatin can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service such as 111 or 999 immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:

  • Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
  • Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
  • Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
  • Your facial extremities become swollen i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.

How can I buy Pravastatin 20mg online in the UK?

If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Pravastatin online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription for pravastatin, you can fill in one of our health questionnaires which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. After assessing your answers, the doctors will then prescribe you the medicine if they deem it appropriate to do so.

What is Pravastatin used for?

Pravastatin is prescribed to lower bad cholesterol and fats in the blood. It also promotes the production of good cholesterol. By reducing the amount of cholesterol made by your liver, we can prevent the risk of developing more serious conditions such as heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.

Is Pravastatin safe to take if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is not recommended to take Pravastatin whilst pregnant or breastfeeding, or whilst trying to conceive. You should talk to your doctor if you are in any of these situations before being prescribed the medicine. If you fall pregnant whilst taking a course of Pravastatin, you should stop taking it and contact your doctor. It is generally advised to stop using Pravastatin at least 3 months before trying to conceive.

Will taking Pravastatin stop my contraception from working?

No, unlike some other statins, Pravastatin will not effect your contraceptive pill of the morning after pill, making it safe to use.

Are there any foods I should avoid whilst taking Pravastatin?

As one of the benefits of Pravastatin being one of the safest statins available, you can eat and drink as normal. Unlike the other medicines in this family, you can even consume grapefruit as it does not effect the concentration or increase the risk of side effects when taken alongside the medicine. It is important to be aware that although you are able to drink alcohol whilst taking Pravastatin, if you drink a lot it may increase the risk of you developing some side effects such as liver and muscle problems. This is why it is recommended to not drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week.

How can I lower my cholesterol?

There are other ways to help lower cholesterol in our bodies. Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, stopping smoking, exercising more and cutting down on alcohol will help you decrease your chances of developing or worsening cholesterol levels. You should try and avoid eating a lot of food with high levels of saturated fats such as meat pies, butter, cakes, cheese, fattier red meats. Instead try and eat more foods which are fortified with fiber and low saturated fat such as wholemeal bread, yoghurt, orange juice, fish, fruits and vegetables and other wholegrain products. Moreover, rather than roasting and frying food, try steaming, boiling and grilling your meals.

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