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What is Pravachol Used For?
Chemical Name: PRAVASTATIN (PRA-va-stat-in)
Pravachol is a medicine that belongs to a class of drugs known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or statins. It reduces the level of triglycerides or unhealthy cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL) while promoting levels of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein or HDL) in the blood. Regular use of this drug decreases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems in people who suffer from coronary heart disease. This medicine can be used by adults and children who are over 8 years old.
Pravachol 40 mg is available online at Canada Pharmacy.
The active ingredient in Pravachol is pravastatin sodium.
Follow the instructions of your doctor regarding dosage as he may occasionally change the dose for better results. Read and follow the instructions on the label carefully. Usually, one tablet is taken daily, with or without a meal. The dosage of Pravachol depends on age as children and teenagers are given a lower dose than adults. For children that are 8 to 13 years of age the usual dosage is pravastatin 20 mg daily while children that are 14 to 18 years of age, the usual dosage is pravastatin 40 mg daily.
You may need to stop taking this medicine if you experience the following:
- Very low blood pressure
- Uncontrolled seizures
- Medical emergency or surgery
- Severe illness or infection
- An electrolyte imbalance
For best results, you need to combine this treatment with regular exercise, diet, and weight control. You may also need frequent blood tests while using this drug.
Avoid using Pravachol if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or suffering from liver disease. Do not self-administer a dose without consulting a doctor first.
If you experience an allergic reaction from taking Pravachol get immediate medical help. In rare cases, usage of this medicine could lead to the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue which can result in kidney failure.
Some of the serious side effects of this drug are:
- Chest pain
- Memory problems, confusion
- Increased thirst, dry mouth, hunger
- Increased urination
- Drowsiness, blurred vision
- Weight gain
- Nausea, loss of appetite, stomach pain
- Dry skin, fruity breath odor
- Fever, tiredness
- Clay-colored stools or dark colored urine
Other less serious side effects may be:
- Mild skin rash
- Mild muscle pain
Product Code: 1729
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.