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Pravachol Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is pravastatin (Pravachol)?
- What are the possible side effects of pravastatin (Pravachol)?
- What is the most important information I should know about pravastatin (Pravachol)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking pravastatin (Pravachol)?
- How should I take pravastatin (Pravachol)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Pravachol)?
- What happens if I overdose (Pravachol)?
- What should I avoid while taking pravastatin (Pravachol)?
- What other drugs will affect pravastatin (Pravachol)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Pravachol)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Pravachol)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking pravastatin (Pravachol)?
If you also take cholestyramine (Prevalite, Questran) or colestipol (Colestid), avoid taking them within 1 hour after or 4 hours before you take pravastatin.
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Pravastatin will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with pravastatin. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
What other drugs will affect pravastatin (Pravachol)?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- spironolactone (Aldactone, Aldactazide); or
- any other "statin" medication such as atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor), rosuvastatin (Crestor), or simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with pravastatin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about pravastatin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Pravachol Information
- Pravachol Drug Interactions Center: pravastatin oral
- Pravachol Side Effects Center
- Pravachol Overview including Precautions
- Pravachol FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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