Tablets: 10 milligrams,
Tablets: 20 milligrams,
Tablets: 40 milligrams,
Tablets: 80 milligrams.
Pravachol is prescribed for the reduction of total and LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides and to increase HDL cholesterol.
Pravachol reduces the occurrence of heart attacks, strokes and death caused by coronary artery disease.
Pravachol is a cholesterol-lowering drug. Your doctor may prescribe it along with a cholesterol-lowering diet if your blood cholesterol level is dangerously high and you have not been able to lower it by diet alone.
High cholesterol can lead to heart problems. By lowering your cholesterol, Pravachol improves your chances of avoiding a heart attack, heart surgery, and death from heart disease. In people who already have hardening of the arteries, it slows progression of the disease and cuts the risk of acute attacks.
The drug works by helping to clear harmful low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol out of the blood and by limiting the body's ability to form new LDL cholesterol. For people at high risk of heart disease, current guidelines call for considering drug therapy when LDL levels reach 130. For people at lower risk, the cut-off is 160. For those at little or no risk, it's 190.
Pravachol can also be prescribed for children ages 8 and older when diet alone fails to lower their cholesterol levels.
The starting dose for most adults is 40 milligrams once daily. The maximum dose is 80 milligrams per day.
The usual starting dose is 40 mg once a day. If this doesn't reduce LDL levels sufficiently, your doctor may increase the dose to 80 mg once daily.
CHILDREN 8 TO 13 YEARS OLD
The recommended starting dose is 20 mg once a day. Doses greater than 20 mg have not been studied in this age-group.
CHILDREN 14 TO 18 YEARS OLD
The recommended starting dose is 40 mg once a day. Doses greater than 40 mg have not been studied in this age-group.
For people with kidney or liver problems and those taking a medication that suppresses the immune system, the starting dose is 10 mg. People on immunosuppressive drugs generally take no more than 20 mg of Pravachol daily.
Like most statins, the most common side effects of Pravachol are:
- Abnormal liver tests;
- Muscle pain;
The most serious potential side effects are liver damage and muscle inflammation or breakdown.
Pravachol side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Urinary Problems;
- Stomach Or Intestinal Discomfort;
- Muscle Aching Or Weakness;
- Inflammation Of Nasal Passages;
- Chest Pain;
- Abdominal Pain;