Pravachol is used for lowering high cholesterol and triglycerides in certain patients. It also increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL, “good”) cholesterol levels. It is used along with an appropriate diet. It is also used in certain patients to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death due to coronary heart disease. It is also used to slow blood vessel blockage and to reduce the need for medical procedures to open blocked blood vessels. Pravachol is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, also known as a “statin.” It works by reducing the production of certain fatty substances in the body, including cholesterol.
Use Pravachol as directed by your doctor.
- Take Pravachol by mouth with or without food.
- If you take cholestyramine or colestipol, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with Pravachol.
- Continue to take Pravachol even if you feel well. Do not miss any dose.
- If you miss a dose of Pravachol, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pravachol.
Store Pravachol at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Pravachol out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Active Ingredient: Pravastatin sodium.