Pravastatin

Pravastatin belongs to a group of medicines called statins (or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors). It prevents the production of cholesterol by the liver and consequently reduces the levels of cholesterol and other fats (triglycerides) in your body.

Pravastatin Tablets

Pravastatin 10mg

NOTE: Generic medication. Brand may vary from the picture shown.

£19.97
includes free private prescription
£24.97
includes free private prescription

Pravastatin 20mg

NOTE: Generic medication. Brand may vary from the picture shown.

£19.97
includes free private prescription
£24.97
includes free private prescription

Pravastatin 40mg

NOTE: Generic medication. Brand may vary from the picture shown.

£19.97
includes free private prescription
£24.97
includes free private prescription

What's Pravastatin

Pravastatin belongs to a group of medicines called statins (or HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors). It prevents the production of cholesterol by the liver and consequently reduces the levels of cholesterol and other fats (triglycerides) in your body. When there are excessive levels of cholesterol in the blood, the cholesterol accumulates on the walls of blood vessels and blocks them. This condition is called hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis and it may lead to:

  • chest pain (angina pectoris), when a blood vessel in the heart is partially blocked,
  • a heart attack (myocardial infarction), when a blood vessel in the heart is completely blocked,
  • a stroke (cerebrovascular accident), when a blood vessel in the brain is completely blocked.

This medicine is used in 3 situations:

  • In the treatment of high levels of cholesterol and fats in the blood
  • In the prevention of heart and blood vessel diseases
  • After organ transplants
You are advised to consume a low fat diet which you should continue over the full treatment period.

Always take this treatment exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Pravastatin can be taken with or without food, with half a glass of water.

Like all medicines, Pravastatin can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Stop taking Pravastatin and tell your doctor immediately if you develop any unexplained or persistent muscle pain, tenderness, weakness, or cramps, especially, if at the same time you feel unwell or have a high temperature.

In very rare cases, muscle problems can be serious (rhabdomylosis) and can lead to a serious, lifethreatening kidney disease.

Before you take this treatment, you should tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical problems such as:

  • kidney disease;
  • an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism);
  • a liver disease or alcohol problems (drinking large amounts of alcohol);
  • muscle disorders caused by a hereditary disease;
  • muscle problems caused by another medicine belonging to the statins group (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor drugs) or one belonging to the group known as fibrates (see Taking other medicines).

Medical Advice

Please refer to the articles below to find out more information, medical guidance and advice from our doctors on how to best treat the condition.
Learn about available treatments, symptoms, side effects and what you can do to prevent it.

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