In previous research studies, people taking Pravachol 20 mg were able to, on average, decrease LDL cholesterol by 32 percent, total cholesterol by 24 percent, and triglycerides by 11 percent. HDL increased by 2 percent. The effects on cholesterol and triglyceride levels were generally greater with higher doses of the medication.
Some general considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- Pravachol is available in tablet form and is taken by mouth once daily. Unlike some other statin medications, it can be taken at any time during the day.
- To maintain even levels of Pravachol in your body, make sure to take it at the same time each day.
- This medication can be taken with or without food. If it seems to bother your stomach, try taking your dosage with a little food.
- For Pravachol to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
There are no dietary restrictions with Pravachol. As with any cholesterol medication, you should continue to eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet as part of your treatment program to lower cholesterol.
The dosage of Pravachol your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case with any medicine, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Pravachol Dosage for more information.)