Pravachol and Weight Gain
Weight gain has not been recognized as a side effect of Pravachol. However, if you are taking Pravachol and weight gain occurs, there are a number of things you can do to help shed the pounds. Suggestions include eating a low-cholesterol diet, participating in regular physical activity, and limiting your alcohol intake.
With certain cholesterol medications, weight gain can be a rare but possible side effect. However, with Pravachol® (pravastatin sodium), weight gain is not a recognized side effect.
If you are noticing weight gain with Pravachol, there are some things that you can do. Some suggestions include:
- Eat a low-cholesterol diet, including:
- Lots of fruits, vegetables, grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
- Lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts
- Few foods with saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium (salt), and added sugars
- Participate in regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week
- Limit your intake of alcohol.
(Click BMI Calculator to see if your weight is within a healthy range.)
If you are taking Pravachol and weight gain occurs, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she can give you other suggestions for dealing with any weight gain. If the problem continues, your healthcare provider may recommend other lifestyle choices or a possible switch to another cholesterol medication.