What is Pravastatin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Pravachol Apo-Pravastatin Lipostat

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Pravastatin is an antilipemic agent, also known as a statin drug. With dietary therapy it is used for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular events and to decrease LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and increase the HDL cholesterol level.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 73 27
Hyperlipidemia 23 33
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 10 1
Transient ischemic attack 7 0
Coronary artery disease 5 1

Show all 26 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 13
Moderate 7
Mild 12
None 112

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pravastatin

Side effect Patients
Muscle and joint pain 3
Muscle pain 3
Dry mouth 2
Joint stiffness 2
Pain 2
Weakness in leg(s) 2

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pravastatin

Dosage Patients
40 mg daily 34
20 mg daily 32
10 mg daily 16
80 mg daily 13
2 mg daily 1
40 mg every other week 1
20 mg twice daily 1
60 mg daily 1
120 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Pravastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 25
Side effects too severe 25
Did not seem to work 16
Other 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Course of treatment ended 2
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 67 patients who've stopped taking Pravastatin

Duration

Currently taking Pravastatin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 37
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Pravastatin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 122
Usually 13
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 116
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 77
Not specified 64

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pravastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 5
Simvastatin (Zocor) 5
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 3
ezetimibe-simvastatin (Vytorin) 1
Fenofibrate (Tricor) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Pravastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 11
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 1
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8 patient evaluations for Pravastatin

Dec 24, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 23, 2014 (Started Nov 18, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 40 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 1, 2012 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia))
  • Side effects
    Severe (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: If you get fatigue symptoms make sure you check it out with your doctor and follow up with it .
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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