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Brand name: Pravachol

Pravachol is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) pravastatin. On this page you will find out more about Pravachol, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: pravastatin

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Pravachol 20 mg uncoated tablet, 30

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is 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).

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Yellow capsule shaped bi-convex tablet with a "20" engraved on one side.
Dosage Form Tablet, uncoated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
100 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
3 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
30 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Moisture,Protect from Light
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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