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Pravastatin is a type of treatment known as a statin, which means that it influences liver enzymes and stops them from producing too much LDL. LDL is what transports cholesterol to cells in the body and too much will results in a build-up of fatty plaque. Lower cholesterol in the blood means there is less of a risk of it building up and causing conditions such as atherosclerosis.
In addition to LDL and triglyceride regulation, Pravastatin is also believed to increase the production of HDL, which is a lipoprotein that takes cholesterol away from the cardiovascular system back to the liver.
It is mostly recommended to people with dangerously high levels of cholesterol or those that are at risk of serious complications because of it. This statin will likely be prescribed alongside exercise and an improved diet to ensure that a patient is getting the most benefit from their treatment and thus taking all the necessary steps to remove them from harm’s way.
You may not have been prescribed this treatment if you are taking other cholesterol lowering treatments already, you are allergic to pravastatin or similar treatments, or you have liver problems or a condition influencing your kidney health. You should also have mentioned to your doctor if you are breastfeeding or taking any other treatments so that they can evaluate your risk of contraindications.
Like all statins, it’s best to take Pravastatin in the evenings as this is when the body produces the most cholesterol. You are only required to take one tablet daily, but it should not be used alongside excess amounts of alcohol or grapefruit-based products.
It is available in a 10mg, 20mg and 40mg dose, and will be prescribed depending on your condition and your tolerance of this medication.
All prescription medications carry with them a slight risk of side effects, however in most cases the risk doesn’t outweigh the benefit to the patient. The most common side effects associated with the use of Pravastatin include headaches, nausea, dizziness, insomnia or bladder issues, but these tend to pass as the body adapts to the treatment.
More serious side effects may include kidney problems, muscular issues or an allergic reaction. These effects are extremely rare, but will require immediate medical attention if they occur.
121doc's online consultation forms part of our ordering process, which means that you can now safely and conveniently order Pravastatin if you've already been prescribed it by your GP. Just ensure that you complete the online consultation as thoroughly as possible and once your order is complete, one of our doctors will review your consultation. If our doctor feels that you can use this medication safely, your treatment will be dispatched for quick and convenient next day delivery. If our doctor feels that this treatment is not safe for you to use, you will not be charged and our Medical team will be in contact to notify you.
If you want more information about high cholesterol, visit our condition page for high cholesterol to find out more about the symptoms and treatments available.
Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.
All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.
Select a condition here or use the top menu. For every condition, we provide you with information as well as the treatments we currently offer. If you don’t know which is best for you, just click the 'Advise-me' button.
If you know what you want, the quickest way to find a specific medication is to use the search bar here.
Every order starts with an online consultation. We will ask you medical questions to make sure only treatment that is safe and effective is prescribed. We take into account your lifestyle, health and any other medications you’re currently using.
The consultation is completely free, and takes between 5 and 10 minutes of your time.
All your information is safe with us. We don’t share it with anyone unless you want us to.
If you need any guidance, you can call, message or email our customer service team via the ‘How can we help you?' section here.
As soon as you place the order, one of our doctors will review your consultation. On working days, this usually takes around one hour.
If the doctor has any additional questions, you will receive a phone call and an email. We understand you might be at work or busy. Our customer service representatives are always discreet and can call back at a more convenient time if necessary.
Our emails never contain any personal or medical information, only a link to your private account on our website (where you will find your messages).
Once our pharmacy receives your prescription, you will get a second email with your package tracking code.
All orders include next-day delivery. Alternatively, you can select a delivery date that suits you better.
We also provide a free UPS Access Point service. Pick up your package from one of many collection points across the UK.
With your tracking code, you will know the estimated delivery time. All we need is your signature (or a friend‘s or relative’s).
All parcels are plainly labelled; there is no logo or any indication of its contents. Inside, you will find your treatment as well as a patient leaflet in your chosen language.
With 121doc’s Subscribe & Save service, you can automatically receive your treatment every few weeks or months.
The order will be generated by us, using the information you provided (including delivery frequency). You don’t have to do anything. Payment is taken two days before shipping.
There are two ways to subscribe. The first is during the order process. The second is via your profile here.
You can cancel or amend your repeat prescriptions at any time.
There are no sign-up fees with this service. Plus, you get a 10% discount off all future prescriptions, increasing to 15% after six orders!
...or visit your profile to view your orders and contact us.