Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Hyperlipidaemias, Cardiovascular risk reduction
Adult: As sodium: 10-40 mg once daily in the evening, adjust according to response at 4-wk intervals. Max: 80 mg once daily.
Child: Heterozygous familial hypercholestrolaemia: 8-13 yr 10-20 mg once daily; 14-18 yr 10-40 mg once daily.
Renal Impairment
Moderate to severe: Initial dose: 10 mg/day.
Hepatic Impairment
Moderate to severe: Initial dose: 10 mg/day.
May be taken with or without food.
Active liver disease or unexplained persistent increases in serum aminotransferases. Pregnancy and lactation. Concomitant use w/ gemfibrozil, fusidic acid.
Special Precautions
History of liver disease; alcoholism; untreated hypothyroidism; patients at risk of myopathy. Renal impairment.
Adverse Reactions
Nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhoea, headache, cough, insomnia, chest pain, rash, fatigue, dizziness, influenza, blurred vision, myalgia, elevated serum transaminase, alopoecia, paraesthesia, impotence, gynaecomastia.
Potentially Fatal: Severe rhabdomyolysis w/ acute renal failure. Hepatitis, pancreatitis. Rare: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, anaphylaxis, toxic epidermal necrolysis.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor creatine kinase (CK) periodically and LFT. Discontinue if there is significant or persistent increase in CK levels, serum aminotransferase levels or evidence of myopathy.
Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment.
Drug Interactions
May increase risk of myopathy w/ colchicine, fenofibrate, nicotinic acid. Ciclosporin, clarithromycin, and erythromycin may increase serum pravastatin levels. May increase bleeding risk w/ warfarin. Decreased serum levels w/ concomitant colestyramine.
Potentially Fatal: Increased risk of rhabdomyolysis w/ gemfibrozil, fenofibrate, fusidic acid.
Food Interaction
May decrease serum levels w/ St John's wort.
Mechanism of Action: Pravastatin inhibits HMG-CoA reductase, the enzyme which catalyses the rate-limiting step in cholesterol biosynthesis. It reduces concentration of total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol and triglyceride. It produces an increase in HDL cholesterol and it increases hepatic cholesterol uptake from blood.
Absorption: Rapidly but incompletely absorbed from the GI tract. Absolute bioavailability: Approx 17%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 1-1.5 hr.
Distribution: Plasma protein binding: Approx 50%.
Metabolism: Undergoes extensive first-pass hepatic metabolism.
Excretion: Via faeces (approx 70% as unchanged drug); urine (approx 20%). Elimination half-life: 1.5-2 hr.
Store at 25°C.
MIMS Class
Dyslipidaemic Agents
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