Average Rating: 1.8 (28 Ratings)

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 1  High Cholesterol I'm having backaches, vision changes and severe leg & foot cramps that disrupt my sleep. I will stop taking it NOW !! I'm glad I read the reviews and side effects. I was prescribed Atorvastatin years ago, then I had a stroke. I haven't experienced a leg cramps since probably my 30s, I'm 67. Those statin drugs are not good. I'll seek other alternatives to lower my cholesterol. F 67 4 months
40mg 1X D
 1  High choledterol Fatigue, pain in my hands, joints, shortness of breath, nausea, reflux, rash on neck, dizzy, heart palpitations,anxiety worse, insomnia.stomach issues. Horrible drug. Went on and of this but just can't handle statins. Horrible should be banned. F 71 2 months
10mg 2X W
 5   This pravistatin began making me forgetful much more that i was. Feet cramps started at night.And sleeping began to get disturbed and pains started shooting in one eye,every hour on the hour. Drs. All prescribe more than 20 mg against manufactuer's recommdation. I have returned to Red Rice Yeast and oat meal three times a week. Lowers cholestral beautifully after a month and safe!!! F 67 8 days
1X D
 1  Cholesterol This pravistatin began making me forgetful much more that i was. Feet cramps started at night.And sleeping began to get disturbedabd pains started shooting in one eye,every hour on the hour. Drs. All prescribe more than 20 mg against manufactuer's recommdation. I have returned to Red Rice Yeast and oat meal three times a week. Lowers cholestral beautifully after a month and safe!!! F 67 8 days
40 mg 1X D
 2  Elevated cholesterol Over time pretty much everything that was conveyed by others. I don't feel like myself at all!! I do take breaks from taking it and I slowly get my bearings. It hasn't done what I thought it would. My cholesterol is still at 223+ after taking this med for about 18 months. I eat chicken, fish, fruits and veggies. Occasionally I do "treat" myself with ice cream or my homemade chocolate chip cookies. However, never enough to not reap the proposed benefits from this drug. Re-thinking this script! I am miserable!! F 61 100 days
10 MG 1X D
 3  High cholesterol Muscle pain and later developed Insomnia my doctor won't change medicine but I'm going to be persistent and trying a different medication 60 9 years
40 1X D
 1   Dizzy, memory loss, nervousness and tiredness Terrible drug 76 90 months
 1  Shortness of breath and heart pain Lowered my ldl but started having shortness of breath and heart chest pain 60 90 days
 2  High cholesterol I think it may be cause of my dizziness and I had godawful muscle pain F 66 14 days
20 mg
 2  High cholesterol Broke out in hives, heart raced,lower back pain terribly F 44 14 days
40 mg
 1  Cholesterol I Cant walk,scared i might fall,my left leg doesn't want to move,like my brain is telling it DONT move. And my right leg also. Bad drug,it can cause people to lose their job, Cant do their job right!😕 M 39 10 days
1dosage 10
 1  High Cholesteral At first I did not notice anything, but over the course of the year I started to get pain in my neck and shoulders. The doctor told me it was arthritis, but when I stopped taking it the pain has gone away. These are very dangerous drugs and are over prescribed to patients. I will take my chances with the cholesterol and I am currently taking Red Rice Yeast Pills. Not sure if they are helping, these also contain statins, but in a natural form. I will see how my cholesterol is when I go back. The first time I stopped taking the Pravastatin, my cholesterol went up and I went back on them again, only to find out that this is a side effect when you stop taking the drugs, high cholesterol. F 67 2 years
20MG 1X D
 1   I started to notice servive muscle pains and problems even walking in my right leg . I've done nothing to cause such pain. Went had exrays and Imaging done but seems everything looks okay.This is the only medication I've been on. I've stopped taking now for a couple of months but seems like it's became worse sence I've been off. I'm usually very active no problems until now .I'M not understanding what's happening to me . I know it's because of taking this medication. Now I've been using Advil and muscle rubs to get relife and messages. Not a good thing when your doctor dosent have a answer other then pain meds.and I'm not doing that. So now what do I do will this clear up or am I damaged for good and maybe need to buy a wheelchair? F 1 years
 1  High Cholesterol for the 1st time Body and joint aches. Weight gain I HATE this drug. I had never had high cholesterol before, so when it creeped up on a recent blood exam, my dr. prescribed Pravastatin. I do not understand how a drug that makes your body aches, makes you lose sleep because of the pain can be a good solution for someone who now needs to exercise and maintain a healthy body weight? my arms hurt, my joints hurt and I have gained weight. Will try a natural alternative for now. F 49 8 weeks
20mg 1X D
 1  High triglycides Numbness in the right arm and shoulder and pain in the upper arm . I stopped taking them and now slowly the pain etc is starting to gomaway .. Never going to take them again. 7 days
20 mg 1X D
 1  high cholesterol only took for 7 days. I woke up at 3 am in horrific pain in my right arm. I was going to have my husband bring me to the emergency room. But I realized that I had never had this happen and the only thing that has changed in my life was this drug. F 58 8 days
40 1X D
 1  High cholesterol Severe insomnia that has taken me five years to pretty much get rid of. I took this drug Sept. 2008 to Jan. 2010. I was probably the world's best sleeper until I took this awful drug. I think that it somehow damaged the part of my brain responsible for sleep and it has taken my a long time for my brain to heal. This drug had a major effect on my thyroid gland and I ended up having to go to an Endocrinologist every few months for a year for him to keep a close eye on my thyroid. Two years ago, I started noticing that my skin was getting red. My skin got worse and a rash started which ended up covering 60% of my body. I was diagnosed this year with a very rare serious autoimmune disease called Dermatomyositis that has been connected to statin (including Pravastatin) use. I am now on Methotrexate for this disease. This is a horrible drug. It has severely effected my sleep pattern, my thyroid and my immune system. If your doctor wants to put you on this drug, RUN!!!!!!! F 66 15 months
40 mg 1X D
 1  Caused severe muscle pain I had severe leg cramps and burning in my feet. Muscle pain and weakness in my thighs and triceps followed. I quit the meds, but still have the pain and weakness 6 weeks later. I had leg trouble with Lipitor so my doctor put me on pravastatin. He said it was milder and to stick with it. What a fool I was for sticking with it. M 62 21 days
40 MG 1X D
 1  high cholesterol I switched from Crestor because of the high price to Pravastatin. After only a week of taking this new drug I developed severe muscle pain in upper right arm & went across my back to my neck. Then after a few more days I have some red bumps & itching. My dr. told me to stop taking it & wait for pain to stop before I take anything else. Its been about 10 days & still having the upper right arm pain. Taking Advil & using itching cream...not helping. Won't ever take these meds again!!! F 59 10 days
40 mg
 1  Slightly high cholesterol One would think having had a horrible experience with statins before I would have learned. It took me 6 months to realize that the horrific and disabling pain I felt in my arms and legs was due to this medication. I grew so fatigued, I could hardly walk. Also, the pain kept me up at night so that I rarely got a good night's sleep. The pain is an intense almost ripping type sensation especially in my arms and hands and legs and feet with numbness in my lower extremities. I will never take another medication like this again. F 66 6 days
10 1X D

PRAVASTATIN SODIUM  (PRAVASTATIN SODIUM):  Pravastatin is used along with a proper diet to help lower "bad" cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. It belongs to a group of drugs known as "statins." It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. Lowering "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides and raising "good" cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)