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Pravachol vs Simvastatin, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 61

This is personalized comparison of Pravachol vs Simvastatin for a female aged 61. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Pravachol (latest outcomes from 16,686 users) has active ingredients of pravastatin sodium. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

Simvastatin (latest outcomes from 80,801 users) has active ingredients of simvastatin. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

On Nov, 23, 2014: 14,280 female patients aged 58 who take the same drugs are studied in Pravachol vs Simvastatin

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug
Female58High Density Lipoprotein Increased

Drugs to compare:

DrugIngredientsCompany
Pravachol pravastatin sodiumBristol Myers Squibb
Simvastatin simvastatinSynthon Pharms

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 58 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Pravachol (Bristol Myers Squibb)Simvastatin (Synthon Pharms)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Myalgia (muscle pain)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
Chest PainDyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)
DizzinessChest Pain
Pyrexia (fever)Dizziness
Arthralgia (joint pain)Pain
PainAsthenia (weakness)
Asthenia (weakness)Arthralgia (joint pain)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Headache (pain in head)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Pravachol (Bristol Myers Squibb)Simvastatin (Synthon Pharms)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down)
DepressionMyalgia (muscle pain)
Asthenia (weakness)Burning Mouth Syndrome (pain in the mouth and burning sensation on tongue)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Renal Failure Acute (rapid kidney dysfunction)
Shortness Of BreathDepression
Blood Amylase IncreasedMuscular Weakness (muscle weakness)
Liver Function Test AbnormalPain In Extremity
Arthralgia (joint pain)Memory Impairment
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Lipase IncreasedAsthma

Drug effectiveness:

not at allsomewhatmoderatehighvery high
Pravachol3.92%16.18%40.20%33.33%6.37%
Simvastatin2.20%18.01%32.65%36.46%10.69%

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

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Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Pravachol (pravastatin sodium) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Simvastatin (simvastatin) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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