Use Pravastatin as a treatment to lower cholesterol levels.

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What is Pravastatin?

Pravastatin is a tablet that you take daily to reduce the cholesterol levels in your blood. This reduces your risk of heart disease which causes serious health conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.

You can be prescribed Pravastatin:

  1. to lower the levels of cholesterol in your blood
  2. to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, even when your cholesterol levels are normal
  3. after an organ transplant, to reduce increased cholesterol levels caused by the medication you are given to stop your body from rejecting your transplant

Pravastatin is also known as pravastatin sodium and is also sold under the brand names Lipostat and Pravachol.

How does Pravastatin work?

Pravastatin reduces the risk of heart disease by lowering the levels of ‘bad cholesterol’ in your blood while also increasing ‘good cholesterol’. Your body needs a certain amount of cholesterol to make hormones and build cells.

Bad cholesterol

LDL cholesterol, non-HDL cholesterol and triglycerides (fatty substances) are known as ‘bad cholesterol’. Bad cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries. Eventually, this makes the arteries narrow, blocking the flow of blood to your vital organs such as your brain and heart. This can cause a stroke (brain) and heart attack (heart).

Good cholesterol

LDL cholesterol stops the build-up of ‘bad cholesterol’ by removing excess fat from blood vessels and tissues and protecting the artery walls from LDL cholesterol. It also prevents cells and chemicals in the blood and tissues from being broken down.

If you have high cholesterol levels, taking pravastatin will be most effective when combined with lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, reducing your alcohol intake, stopping smoking, and eating a diet that is low in saturated fats.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Kathryn Basford

Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Article created: 27 Sep 2021

Last reviewed: 27 Sep 2021

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