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Pravastatin is a medicine that belongs to the HMG-CoA drug class. It is a reductase inhibitor (HMG-CoA) that is also known by the name ‘statin’. It is also available in generic form. This medication is used for treating cholesterol patients. This medicine helps to lower cholesterol level in blood and thus help to decrease risk associated with heart attacks and other heart diseases that occurs due to problem in arteriosclerotic vascular region.

Depending on various factors of the patients, doctors usually prescribe cholesterol patients to take 10 milligram to 80 milligram of this drug on daily basis. This drug interacts with drugs such as cyclosporine, cholestyramine, cholchicine, nicotinic acid and gemfibrozil. Pravastatin users might experience some side effects such as headache, abnormal liver test results, nauseous feeling, vomiting, muscle pain and diarrhea.

Other side effects of using Pravastatin include dizziness, skin rashes of mild nature, exhaustion, unexplained pain in muscle, tender feeling in muscle, pain in upper abdomen, loss of appetite, dark colored urine, jaundice and yellow eyes and skin, itching, stool of clay(brown) color, chest pain, unexplained weight gain, decrease in urine amount, fever and swelling. If the aforementioned side effects persist, then stop taking the medication and promptly contact your doctor. However, you can ask your doctor about whether you should continue with your medication if the mild or less severe side effects show as doctors often recommend their patients medicines by weighing the outcome. The doctors prescribe medicines only if the benefit outweighs the side effects.

Studies tell that a small number of people have told about this medication leading to memory problems such as confusing and focusing problem. However, if the users experience any kind of problem regarding muscle such as pains, swelling or tenderness then they should immediately stop having the medicine and contact their doctor for further instruction. However, the side effects faced by most patients have been temporary and rather mild.

Uncommon side effects of using this medicine include experiencing bleeding or bruising of unusual kind, extreme exhaustion, fever, yellowing of eyes, yellowing of skin, nauseous feeling, pain in the upper-right abdomen, difficulty in swallowing, difficulty in breathing etc. Patience might also experience itching, hives, fly like symptoms, dark colored urine, dark colored stool, swelling of lower legs or ankles and /or feet, swelling of face and/or throat and/or tongue and/or lips and/or eyes, hoarseness in throat, heartburn and forgetfulness. If these symptoms persist and increase in severity then doctors should be immediately contacted.


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