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Livalo

Generic Name: pitavastatin (pit AV a STAT in)
Brand Name: Livalo, Zypitamag

Medically reviewed on April 9, 2018

What is pitavastatin?

Pitavastatin is an HMG CoA reductase inhibitor, or "statin." Pitavastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).

Pitavastatin is used to treat high cholesterol in adults. Lowering your cholesterol may help prevent heart disease and hardening of the arteries, conditions that can lead to heart attack, stroke, and vascular disease.

Pitavastatin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not take pitavastatin if you have liver disease (including abnormal liver enzyme tests), or if you also take cyclosporine.

Do not take pitavastatin if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Pitavastatin can cause the breakdown of muscle tissue, which can lead to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, or dark colored urine.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use pitavastatin if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • liver disease (including abnormal liver enzyme tests);

  • if you are pregnant or breast-feeding; or

  • if you are taking cyclosporine.

Do not use pitavastatin if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby or cause birth defects. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.

Do not breast-feed while you are taking pitavastatin.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • kidney disease;

  • liver disease;

  • a thyroid disorder; or

  • if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.

Pitavastatin can cause the breakdown of muscle tissue, which can lead to kidney failure. This happens more often in older adults or people who have kidney disease or poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).

Pitavastatin is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I take pitavastatin?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

You may take pitavastatin with or without food.

You will need frequent blood tests to check your liver function.

You may need to stop using pitavastatin for a short time if you have:

Pitavastatin is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking pitavastatin?

Avoid eating foods high in fat or cholesterol, or pitavastatin will not be as effective.

Drinking alcohol can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.

Pitavastatin side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

In rare cases, pitavastatin can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, or dark colored urine.

Also call your doctor at once if you have:

  • confusion, memory problems;

  • kidney problems--vomiting, pain in your side or lower back, little or no urinating, swelling, rapid weight gain; or

  • liver problems--loss of appetite, stomach pain (upper right side), tiredness, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect pitavastatin?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use. Like pitavastatin, certain other drugs can increase your risk of serious muscle problems, especially:

This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect pitavastatin, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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