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Pitavastatin Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet

As well as its needed effects, pitavastatin may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur while taking pitavastatin, check with your doctor immediately:

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

Minor Side Effects

Some pitavastatin side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned 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


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.

It is possible that some side effects of pitavastatin may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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