If it is found that your cholesterol is high, your doctor may recommend that you start taking Pravachol or generic Pravastatin, an HMG CoA reductase inhibitor, or statin drug, that can help to lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides. LDL is considered the bad cholesterol and triglycerides are another form of fat made in your body. High cholesterol and high triglycerides usually accompany each other. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Pravachol inhibits HMG CoA reductase, an enzyme in your liver that is required so your body can produce cholesterol. This action helps to limit how much of the waxy substance is circulating through your blood. This is especially important because your diet also includes cholesterol which can increase your risk of too much bad cholesterol and not enough high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol. Pravachol will help reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke when taken as directed.
Unless you have your cholesterol checked periodically, you could have hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and not even be aware of the danger you may be facing. This is because over time, cholesterol can build-up on the walls of your blood vessels and produce a thick, waxy plaque that reduces the blood flow to your heart and other tissues and organs. This prevents nutrients and oxygen from getting to where your body needs it in order to keep everything working smoothly. If the blood flow becomes blocked to your heart, you may have a heart attack or cause a stroke if the flow is not getting to your brain. Eat healthier, exercise, and stop smoking to help Pravachol work better for you.
Cholesterol is important for fetal development so it is not recommended to take Pravachol while you are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking Pravachol, inform your doctor right away. Tell your doctor about other health matters you are dealing with and list any OTC or Rx medications you are taking or using, including vitamin supplements and herbal preparations so it can be determined if Pravachol is the right drug for you.
Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Pravachol as it can increase your triglyceride levels and may damage your liver. Pravachol may cause dizziness so refrain from driving, operating machinery, or attempting any task that could be considered unsafe until you know how your body will be affected. All medications should be stored out of children’s reach and sight and never share your meds with anyone else.