Prior to taking pravastatin, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have:
- Liver disease or liver failure
- Kidney disease or kidney failure
- A history of heart attack or stroke
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant (see Pravachol and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Pravachol and Breastfeeding)
- Will be undergoing a procedure or surgery
- Drink alcohol frequently.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings of Pravastatin to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Pravastatin is part of a class of drugs called statins. It works by blocking a particular enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. This causes the liver to make less cholesterol. Pravastatin also:
- Increases the liver's ability to collect and get rid of LDL cholesterol ("bad cholesterol")
- Increases HDL cholesterol ("good cholesterol")
- Decreases triglycerides.