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Brand Name: Pravachol
Name: Pravastatin

Pregnancy Category X

Drug classes of Pravachol

Therapeutic actions of Pravachol

Inhibits the enzyme that catalyzes the rate-limiting step in the cholesterol synthesis pathway, resulting in a decrease in serum  cholesterol, serum LDL's (the lipids associated with the development of coronary artery disease), and either an increase or no change in serum HDL's (the lipids associated with decreased risk of CAD).

Indications of Pravachol

As an adjunct to diet in the treatment of elevated total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in patients with primary hypercholesterolemia (types IIa and IIb) whose response to dietary restriction of saturated fat and cholesterol and other nonpharmacologic measures has not been adequate.

Contraindications/cautions of Pravachol

Contraindicated in the presence of allergy to Pravachol, fungal byproducts, pregnancy, lactation.

Use caution in the presence of impaired hepatic function, cataracts.

Adverse effects of Pravachol

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