Heart Disease Community
Pravastatin Sodium
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Pravastatin Sodium

I was recently prescribed this medication for cholesterol, doc said my good was low and bad was high.  Does anyone know much about this medication? Side effects? Or things to expect while taking it?  Thanks for any advice!!
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
159619_tn?1318997813
This is a simple statin, it is very safe with a risk of side effects between 2% and 4% depending who you listen too and only .02% of serious side effects. These numbers make this a very safe drug.

Look here for more;

"Pravastatin is generally well tolerated; adverse reactions have usually been mild and transient. In 4 month-long placebo-controlled trials, 1.7% of Pravastatin-treated patients and 1.2% of placebo-treated patients were discontinued from treatment because of adverse experiences attributed to study drug therapy; this difference was not statistically significant.

6.1 Adverse Clinical Events

Short-Term Controlled Trials

In the Pravastatin sodium placebo-controlled clinical trials database of 1313 patients (age range 20 to 76 years, 32.4% women, 93.5% Caucasians, 5% Blacks, 0.9% Hispanics, 0.4% Asians, 0.2% Others) with a median treatment duration of 14 weeks, 3.3% of patients on Pravastatin sodium and 1.2% patients on placebo discontinued due to adverse events regardless of causality. The most common adverse reactions that led to treatment discontinuation and occurred at an incidence greater than placebo were: liver function test increased, nausea, anxiety/depression, and dizziness."

Hope this helps.............

Jon
Blank
225237_tn?1333142599
im confused as to why she wants me to go on meds.....my cholesterol has always been good but the last test I had my total cholesterol was 227; triglyerides 163; hdl 38; vldl 33 and ldl 161.

I would think I could improve that with proper diet and exercise, what is your advice on that??!!

Thanks for the help!!
Blank
159619_tn?1318997813
She wants you on meds because your TGL is too high, your LDL is way too high and your HDL is way too low. She has determined that medical intervention is necessary to get your numbers to a safe level. She has weighed the benefits to the risk and determined it is the best course of treatment for you.

You have classic metabolic X syndrome and you need treatment. The pills alone won't necessarily get you where you need to be, you will also need to change your lifestyle to include diet and exercise. It is very important that you get this under control before it does any damage to your arteries. If you could control it with diet and exercise, my guess is you would have by now. Have you discussed your concern with her?

Jon
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
212161_tn?1410016711
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
10555961_tn?1411011933
Blank
69_F100_Ranger commented on photo
4 hrs ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Ashkaikyl88 commented on When Your Cold Is Not...
4 hrs ago
1755089_tn?1376057155
Blank
drewlevas uploaded new photos
10 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
212161_tn?1410016711
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL