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Livalo Side Effects

Generic Name: pitavastatin

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of pitavastatin. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Livalo.

For the Consumer

Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by pitavastatin (the active ingredient contained in Livalo). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Severity: Major

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking pitavastatin:

Less common:
  • Difficulty with moving
  • joint pain
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle pains or stiffness
  • pain in the arms and legs
  • swollen joints
Incidence not known:
  • Chills
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • sweating
  • trouble with sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Severity: Minor

Some of the side effects that can occur with pitavastatin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Less common:
  • Back pain
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
Incidence not known:
  • Hives or welts
  • itching skin
  • rash
  • redness of the skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet


Hypersensitivity side effects have included rash, pruritus, and urticaria.[Ref]


Musculoskeletal side effects have included back pain (1.4% to 3.9%), myalgia (1.9% to 3.1%), pain in extremity (0.6% to 2.3%), and arthralgia.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included constipation (1.5% to 3.6%) and diarrhea (1.5% to 2.6%).[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache.[Ref]


Psychiatric side effects of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors have included decreased libido, anxiety, insomnia, depression, suicidal thoughts, delusions, paranoia, agitation, and nightmares. Psychiatric side effects reported postmarketing have included cognitive impairment (e.g., memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, memory impairment, confusion) associated with statin use. These cognitive issues have been reported for all statins. The reports are generally nonserious, and reversible upon statin discontinuation, with variable times to symptom onset (1 day to years) and symptom resolution (median of 3 weeks).


Other side effects reported postmarketing have included abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, nausea, asthenia, fatigue, malaise, hepatitis, jaundice, fatal and nonfatal hepatic failure, dizziness, hypoesthesia, insomnia, depression, interstitial lung disease, erectile dysfunction and muscle spasms.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Livalo (pitavastatin)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.

Not all side effects for Livalo may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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