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Pravachol Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Pravachol is a cholesterol-lowering drug. Because high cholesterol can lead to heart problems. So by lowering your cholesterol, it improves your chances of avoiding a heart attack, heart surgery, and death from heart disease.

Pravachol Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is 40 milligrams once a day.
  • For children 8 to 13 years old, the usual starting dose is 20 milligrams once a day.

Uses of Pravachol

  • It is used to lowering your cholesterol level.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Pravachol

Before taken Pravachol medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Pravachol. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Inflammation of nasal passages
  • Muscle aching or weakness
  • Nausea

Warnings and precautions before taking Pravachol:

  • Because Pravachol may cause damage to the liver, so your doctor will probably do blood tests before you start taking the drug.
  • If you've recently had liver disease, or if you have any symptoms that might mean liver disease, or if you're a heavy drinker, then you should be used this medication with extra caution.
  • If you are taking this medication, then it may cause damage to muscle tissue, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever. So you should tell your doctor if you develop any symptoms.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Pravachol with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Pravachol with the following:

  • Cholestyramine (Questran)
  • Diltiazem
  • Erythromycin
  • Gemfibrozil
  • Itraconazole
  • Niacin
  • Warfarin

No specific information is available. But after taken Pravachol if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect.

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