Pravachol , also medically known as pravastatin, is used in combination with diet changes to reduce the amount of cholesterol and fatty substances in the patients blood. This type of medication belongs to a class of medications called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors.
Pravachol works by reducing the production level of cholesterol in the body. Lowering the levels of cholesterol and fats in the body will increase blood flow which can ultimately protect against heart disease, angina , strokes and heart attacks.
This drug comes in the form of a tablet which is taken orally by the patient. It is generally taken once a day, with or without food.
Common side effects associated with this type of medication include heartburn and headache. Severe side effects associated with Pravachol are rare; however if you experience muscle pain or tenderness, fever or yellowish skin, contact your doctor immediately.
Occasionally, Pravachol is prescribed for other purposes, as directed by your doctor.