My doctor prescribed Pravachol 40mg because my cholesterol level was over 240. The pharmacy filled the prescription giving me the generic brand, Pravastatin. I usually get generic when I can as it is cheaper. The Pravastatin did lower my cholesterol down to 197 after 30 days. The only problem I have with taking a statin drug is that it causes weakness in my leg muscles. I told the doctor about it and he ran a test to see if the drug was depleting too much enzyme in my muscles, but it came back o.k. I am still having problems with weakness in my legs. Not having taken the name brand statin, I wonder if I would have reacted differently with it. I wish the drug companies would study more on the natural remedies and quit pushing harmful chemicals. There have been so many recalls on drugs that I am afraid to take anything other than natural remedies. Overall, I would say the product is a good one because it does what it is supposed to do and it does not effect everyone the same way with the side effects. I will continue to take it until I go back to my doctor and talk to him about the increase of the muscle weakness.