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Generic Name: pravastatin (PRAV a STAT in)
Brand Names: Pravachol
Pravastatin (Pravachol) is a statin medicine used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Includes pravastatin side effects, interactions and indications Average Savings for pravastatin sodium (generic): 53.01%
Generic Name: pravastatin (PRAV a STAT in)
Brand Names: Pravachol
Pravastatin (Pravachol) is a statin medicine used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Includes pravastatin side effects, interactions and indications Average Savings for pravastatin sodium (generic): 53.01%
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Pravastatin Sodium Drug Information:

Pravastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Pravastatin is used together with diet to lower blood levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), to increase levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL), and to lower triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood). Pravastatin is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with or without coronary heart disease or other risk factors. Learn more

Pravastatin sodium Medicare Coverage

Pravastatin sodium Medicare Overview

Does Medicare cover Pravastatin sodium?


100% of Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans cover this drug.
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FREE – $20

In the Deductible co-pay stage, you are responsible for the full cost of your prescriptions. Your Medicare deductible cannot exceed $360 in 2016.

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Pravastatin Sodium Side Effects

In Summary

More frequently reported side effects include: increased serum alanine aminotransferase, skin rash, and increased creatine phosphokinase in blood specimen. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to pravastatin: oral tablet

Along with its needed effects, pravastatin may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking pravastatin:

More common

  • Difficulty with moving
  • muscle or bone pain
  • muscle stiffness
  • pain in the joints
  • pain, localized

Less common

  • Arm, back, or jaw pain
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chills
  • cough
  • dark-colored urine
  • diarrhea
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • ear congestion
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle cramps or spasms
  • muscular tenderness, wasting, or weakness
  • nasal congestion
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • swollen joints
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Some side effects of pravastatin may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Stomach pain

Less common

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • bloated or full feeling
  • blurred vision or other changes in vision
  • difficult or painful urination
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • dizziness
  • double vision
  • fear or nervousness
  • feeling sad or empty
  • increased urge to urinate during the night
  • irritability
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • pain in the chest below the breastbone
  • passing gas
  • rash
  • stomach discomfort or upset
  • tiredness
  • trouble concentrating

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to pravastatin: oral tablet


The most frequently reported side effects were musculoskeletal pain, nausea/vomiting, upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, and headache.


Very common (10% or more): Musculoskeletal pain (up to 24.9%), musculoskeletal traumatism (10.2%)

Common (1% to 10%): Myalgia, muscle cramp, arthralgia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Muscle weakness

Postmarketing reports: Myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy, lupus erythematosus-like syndrome, polymyalgia rheumatica, arthritis, myositis, polymyositis, tendon disorder


Very common (10% or more): Nausea/vomiting (up to 10.5%)

Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, flatulence, dyspepsia/heartburn, abdominal distension, constipation

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abdominal pain

Postmarketing reports: Pancreatitis


Very common (10% or more): Chest pain (up to 10%)

Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue, influenza, creatinine phosphokinase increased, edema, fever, weight gain, weight loss, viral infection

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Edema, weakness, hearing loss, tinnitus

Frequency not reported: Head/neck edema, vertigo

Postmarketing reports: Chills, asthenia


Common (1% to 10%): ALT increased, GGT increased, AST increased

Postmarketing reports: Hepatitis, chronic active hepatitis, cholestatic jaundice, fatty change in liver, cirrhosis, fulminant hepatic necrosis, fatal hepatic failure, nonfatal hepatic failure, liver function test abnormalities

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness, paresthesia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Numbness

Frequency not reported: Memory impairment, neuropathy/peripheral neuropathy, taste disturbance

Postmarketing reports: Intraocular movement impaired, facial paresis, peripheral nerve palsy, cognitive impairment, forgetfulness, amnesia


Very common (10% or more): Upper respiratory tract infection (up to 21.2%)

Common (1% to 10%): Pharyngitis, rhinitis, cough, pulmonary infection, sinus abnormality/sinusitis, tracheobronchitis, dyspnea

Frequency not reported: Interstitial lung disease


Common (1% to 10%): Rash, dermatitis

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pruritus, urticaria, scalp/hair abnormality, alopecia

Postmarketing reports: Skin discoloration, skin nodules, dry mucous membranes, changes to hair/nails, angioedema, dermatomyositis, purpura, photosensitivity, toxic epidermal necrolysis, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome


Common (1% to 10%): Angina pectoris

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Disturbance of rhythm, hypertension, myocardial infarction

Frequency not reported: Flushing

Postmarketing reports: Vasculitis


Common (1% to 10%): Blurred vision, diplopia

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Eye inflammation, lens opacity


Common (1% to 10%): Sleep disturbance, anxiety/nervousness, depression

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Insomnia

Frequency not reported: Libido change


Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infection

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysuria, urinary frequency, nocturia, sexual dysfunction


Postmarketing reports: Thyroid function abnormalities, gynecomastia


Postmarketing reports: Hemolytic anemia, erythrocyte sedimentation rate increased, transient asymptomatic eosinophilia


Frequency not reported: Allergic/hypersensitivity reaction

Postmarketing reports: Anaphylaxis, positive antinuclear antibodies


Postmarketing reports: Hepatoma

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/3/2022.

Source: Drugs.com Pravastatin Sodium (www.drugs.com/pravastatin.html).