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Brand name: Pravachol TM

Active ingredients: pravastatin

What it is used for

As an adjunct to diet for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. Prior to initiating therapy with pravastatin, secondary causes of hypercholesterolemia (e.g. poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, hypothyrodism, nephrotic syndrome, dysproteinemias, obstructive liver disease, other drug therapy, alchoholism) should be identified and treated. PRAVACHOL is indicated in patients with previous myocardial infarction and average (normal) serum cholesterol levels (see CLINICAL TRIALS). INDICATIONS AS AT 23 JANUARY 2004: As an adjunct to diet for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. Prior to initiating therapy with pravastatin, secondary causes of hypercholesterolemia (e.g. poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, hypothyrodism, nephrotic syndrome, dysproteinemias, obstructive liver disease, other drug therapy, alchoholism) should be identified and treated. PRAVACHOL is indicated in patients with previous myocardial infarction including those who have normal (4.0 - 5.5 mmol/L) serum cholesterol levels. PRAVACHOL is indicated in patients with unstable angina pectoris (see CLINICAL TRIALS). PRAVACHOL is indicated as an adjunct to diet and lifestyle modification for the treatment of Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolaemia in children and adolescent patients aged 8 Years and older (see CLINICAL TRAILS).

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Moisture
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Yellow capsule shaped bi-convex tablet with a "20" engraved on one side.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on November 1, 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient pravastatin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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