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A statin drug, C 23H36O7, that blocks the body's synthesis of cholesterol and is used in its sodium form to lower cholesterol (especially LDL) levels and to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in individuals with elevated risk.

[pra-, of unknown origin + -vastatin, statin suffix (from mevastatin, a statin : meva(lonic acid), precursor in the biosynthesis of cholesterol from val(eric acid) + -stat + -in).]
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Noun1.pravastatin - an oral drug (trade name Pravachol) administered to reduce blood cholesterol levels; recommended after nonfatal heart attacks
lipid-lowering medication, lipid-lowering medicine, statin, statin drug - a medicine that lowers blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase


n pravastatina
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Background: Pravastatin (Pra) exerts protective effects on preeclampsia.
In various mouse models of preeclampsia studied in the past decade, pravastatin, a hydrophilic statin, has had beneficial effects.
In a study of men with very high LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, but no other heart disease risk factors, the use of pravastatin was found to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by about 28 percent.
Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow found impressive results among those on statins, who were given the widelyprescribed type pravastatin.
A total of 1,467 were randomly assigned to receive pravastatin and 1,400 to usual care (no statin therapy), and they were followed for 6 years.
The other two statins studied, pravastatin and rosuvastatin, do not cross the blood-brain barrier.
In addition, 10,355 study participants with elevated cholesterol levels were randomized to either the high cholesterol drug pravastatin or standard care.
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of Pravastatin, a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, over a MM cell line, with a focus over cell cycle, inflammatory and growth factors response, cholesterol production and pleiotropic effects.
Treatment with simvastatin 20 to 40 mg, atorvastatin 10 mg, or pravastatin 40 mg was defined as moderate.
The primary prevention study randomized 6,595 middle-aged Scotsmen with an average baseline LDL cholesterol of 190 mg/dL to 4 years of pravastatin at 40 mg/day or placebo.
Researchers reviewed data from 135 studies to evaluate the safety of seven statin drugs: atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pitavastatin (Levalo), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor) and simvastatin (Zocor).
Rats given daily doses of pravastatin - sold as Pravachol - had to recognise a previously seen object and find a food reward.