General Information About Livalo:
Pitavastatin (brand name: Livalo) is a cholesterol-lowering medication that
belongs to the statin
class of drugs. It is one of the more potent statins on the market. According to
studies conducted by Kowa Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of Livalo, 2 mg of
Livalo is as efficient at lowering lipids
as 10 mg of Lipitor
(atorvastatin). Additionally, 2 mg of Livalo lowers cholesterol to an extent similar to 20 mg
Like other statins, Livalo affects all aspects of your
cholesterol profile: It lowers LDL
and raises HDL.
Livalo is not currently available in generic form.
How Livalo Works:
Livalo blocks an enzyme called 3-hydroxy-3methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG CoA) reductase, which is an important protein needed in the production of cholesterol.
How to Take Livalo:
This medication may be taken with or without food, as directed by your healthcare provider. While taking Livalo, you should consult with a healthcare provider or pharmacist before taking other medications (including over-the-counter products and herbal supplements) since some of these medications may interact with Livalo.
Who Should Not Take Livalo:
- Individuals who have had an allergic reaction to Livalo or any of its components.
- Women who are pregnant.
- Women who are breastfeeding.
- Individuals who are taking cyclosporine.
- Individuals who have active
liver disease or have abnormal liver enzyme levels.
- Individuals who have a history
of alcohol abuse.
Side Effects of Livalo:
The most common side effects include back pain, pain in extremities, myalgia
, liver enzyme abnormalities, headache, and gastrointestinal problems (such as constipation or diarrhea).
Serious Side Effects of Livalo:
The following are serious side effects of Livalo. If you
experience any of these rare side effects, contact your healthcare provider
- such as progressive muscle soreness or weakness
- Red or brown urine
Drugs That Could Interact With Livalo:
The following drugs may interact with Livalo, increasing the
likelihood of experiencing side effects (especially myopathy). With the
exception of cholesterol-lowering drugs listed below, these drugs can
increase levels of Livalo in your body.
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs (nicotinic acid,
- HIV Protease Inhibitors,
(ritonavir and lopinavir)
If you are required to take one of the
drugs listed above, your healthcare provider may need to adjust your dose,
monitor you more closely for side effects, or discontinue one of the drugs.
This information is just a brief listing and is not inclusive. It should not replace the information provided by your healthcare provider or the manufacturer of this drug.
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