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Effects of Pravastatin

In research studies, people taking pravastatin 20 mg were able to, on average, decrease LDL cholesterol by 32 percent, total cholesterol by 24 percent, and triglycerides by 11 percent. HDL increased by 2 percent. The effects of pravastatin on cholesterol and triglyceride levels were generally greater with higher doses.

When and How Do I Take It?

Some general considerations for when and how to take pravastatin include the following:
  • This medication is available in tablet form and is taken by mouth once daily. Unlike some other statins, pravastatin can be taken at any time during the day.
  • To maintain even levels of pravastatin in your blood, make sure to take it at the same time each day.
  • Pravastatin can be taken with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
  • For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed, Pravastatin will not work if you stop taking it.

Dietary Instructions

There are no dietary restrictions with pravastatin. As with any cholesterol medication, you should continue to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet as part of your program to lower cholesterol.

Dosing Information

The dose of pravastatin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Your age
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Dosing With Pravastatin for more information.)
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