Pravastatin is a member of the HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor family of drugs, also called “statins,” such as lovastatin and simvastatin . Pravastatin blocks a key step in the body’s production of cholesterol and is used to lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol .
Common brand names:Pravachol
Summary of Interactions with Vitamins, Herbs, & Foods
Types of interactions: Beneficial Adverse Check
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Last Review: 11-07-2012
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