Suggest remedy for lip swelling in an elderly person
I have been reducing the amount of pravastatin the past ten days to about 3mm a day from 10mm a day, to quit entirely. I am 73 and in good health.
Allergic/inflammatory response likely
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If the swelling subsided with use of benedryl then its an allergic inflammatory response. The involvement of the lips indicate angioedema. You need to continue the anti histamines for at least 2 weeks. If benedryl is taken for now, you can continue with non sedating anti histamines after the swelling has subsided e.g desloratidine or fexofenadine. LTR antagonists like montelukast can also be advised in addition, in consultation with your doctor. If you experience any shortness of breath, choking sensation or voice changes then you should go to an ER immediately to rule out possible laryngeal edema. Pravastatin is usually not associated with such an adverse effect especially if you have been using it since long. 10 mg is not that high a dose. You don't need tapering for that to stop it. If upon starting the pravastatin recently , this phenomenon of lip swelling emerged then you should stop it immediately to see if the episodes subside.
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