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Pitavastatin Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 20, 2024.

Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet.

Serious side effects of Pitavastatin

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

Incidence not known

Other side effects of Pitavastatin

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

Incidence not known

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet.


The most frequently reported side effects have included myalgia, back pain, diarrhea, constipation, and extremity pain.[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, elevated creatinine phosphokinase

Postmarketing reports: Muscle spasm[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Bilirubin increased, liver enzymes abnormal, elevated transaminases, elevated alkaline phosphatase

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, peripheral neuropathy[Ref]


Frequency not reported: HbA1c elevations, fasting serum glucose elevations, increased blood glucose[Ref]


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


Frequency not reported: Nasopharyngitis

Postmarketing reports: Interstitial lung disease[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reactions including rash, pruritus, and urticaria[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Insomnia, depression

Statin use:

Postmarketing report: Confusion, cognitive impairment, memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, memory impairment[Ref]

There have been reports of cognitive impairment such as memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, memory impairment, and confusion associated with statin use. These reports are generally nonserious, and reversible with drug discontinuation. Time to symptom onset has been reported as 1 day to years with resolution at a median of 3 weeks following discontinuation.[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Erectile dysfunction[Ref]


Statin use:

Postmarketing reports: Immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy

Frequently asked questions


1. (2010) "Product Information. Livalo (pitavastatin)." Kowa Pharmaceuticals America (formerly ProEthic)

Further information

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

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.