Livalo Side Effects
Generic name: pitavastatin
Note: This document contains side effect information about pitavastatin. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Livalo.
Some side effects of Livalo may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
For the Consumer
Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet
Along with its needed effects, pitavastatin (the active ingredient contained in Livalo) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while 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
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- loss of appetite
- runny nose
- sore throat
- trouble with sleeping
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects of pitavastatin may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:Less common
- Back pain
- difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
- Hives or welts
- itching skin
- redness of the skin
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet
Hypersensitivity side effects have included rash, pruritus, and urticaria.
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.
Gastrointestinal side effects have included constipation (1.5% to 3.6%) and diarrhea (1.5% to 2.6%).
Nervous system side effects have included headache.
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.
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