Pitavastatin Side Effects

Some side effects of pitavastatin 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 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
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

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)
Incidence not known
  • Hives or welts
  • itching skin
  • rash
  • redness of the skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have included rash, pruritus, and urticaria.

Musculoskeletal

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

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

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included headache.

Psychiatric

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

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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