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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.

Major Side Effects

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 sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Minor Side Effects

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, or rash
  • redness of the skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet


The most frequently reported side effects were myalgia, back pain, diarrhea, constipation, and pain in extremity.[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Constipation, diarrhea
Postmarketing reports: Abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, nausea[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Back pain, myalgia, pain in extremity
Frequency not reported: Arthralgia, rhabdomyolysis, myopathy, myositis
Postmarketing reports: Muscle spasm, immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Bilirubin increased, liver enzymes abnormal
Postmarketing reports: Hepatitis, jaundice, fatal hepatic failure, nonfatal hepatic failure[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Rash, pruritus, urticaria[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Influenza, creatine phosphokinase increased, transaminases increased, alkaline phosphatase increased
Postmarketing reports: Asthenia, fatigue, malaise[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Headache
Postmarketing reports: Dizziness, hypoesthesia, cognitive impairment, memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, memory impairment[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Glucose increased[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Acute renal failure, myoglobinuria[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Nasopharyngitis
Postmarketing reports: Interstitial lung disease[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reaction[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Insomnia, depression, confusion[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Erectile dysfunction[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Livalo (pitavastatin)." Kowa Pharmaceuticals America (formerly ProEthic), Montgomery, AL.

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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