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Information about Pravastatin

Pravastatin is a commonly used cholesterol lowering agent (statin) that is associated with mild, asymptomatic and self-limited serum aminotransferase elevations during therapy, and rarely with clinically apparent acute liver injury.

Mechanism of action of Pravastatin

Pravastatin (pra" va stat' in) is an orally available inhibitor of hepatic 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, the major rate-limiting enzyme in cholesterol synthesis. Like other members of its class (the “statins”), pravastatin lowers total serum cholesterol and low densitylipoprotein (LDL) concentrations, thereby reducing the risk of atherosclerosis and its complications – myocardial infarction and stroke.

FDA approval information for Pravastatin

Pravastatin was approved for use in the United States in 1991 and continues to be widely used with more than 9 million prescriptions filled yearly. Current indications are for treatment of hypercholesterolemia in persons at high risk for coronary, cerebrovascular and peripheral artery disease.

Dosage and administration for Pravastatin

Pravastatin is available in tablets of 10, 20, 40 and 80 mg in several generic forms and under the brand name of Pravachol. The recommended dose in adults is 40 to 80 mg once daily.

Side effects of Pravastatin

Common side effects include muscle cramps, joint aches, headache and weakness.

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