FDA Approves Bristol Myers Squibb's Pravachol

Pravachol (pravastatin) is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Pravastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).

Pravachol is used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood.

Pravachol is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors

Pravachol is used in adults and children who are at least 8 years old.