Pravastatin is a drug used to treat high cholesterol levels. It is part of a group of drugs known as statins. Cholesterol is a type of fat which is a vital part of many of the bodies functions. It is located in all cells of your body and forms part of their outer layer. There are two main types of cholesterol:
- Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), which is also known as ?bad' cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis whereby fatty deposits build up on the walls of your arteries, thus reducing or blocking the flow of blood through your arteries, resulting in heart disease or stroke.
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is known as ?good' cholesterol as it transports excess cholesterol from your blood to your liver, where it is processed and removed from your body.
Your risk of heart disease and stroke is increased if you have high levels of LDL cholesterol and low levels of HDL cholesterol.
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How does Pravastatin work?
Pravastatin works by blocking an enzyme which produces cholesterol in the liver helping to bring down cholesterol levels. They are normally prescribed for people with heart disease, people who are at risk of heart disease, and people with a family history of high cholesterol. Pravastatin are normally taken as a single daily dose in the evening. Your doctor will decide which strength of Pravastatin is most suitable for you based on your medical history and cholesterol levels.
This Chemist Direct Online Doctor service for Pravastatin is only suitable for you if you are currently being prescribed this medication by your GP. This service allows you to purchase a further supply of your tablets without going to your GP.
Are there any side effects?
Like most medicines, Pravastatin can result in side effects although not everyone will get them. Side effects may include upset stomach, headache or problems sleeping.