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Pitavastatin Side Effects

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
  • clay-colored stools
  • cough
  • dark urine
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • headache
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle spasm
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • shivering
  • sore throat
  • stomach pain
  • sweating
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • vomiting of blood
  • yellow eyes or skin

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
Incidence not known
  • Burning, numbness, tingling, or painful sensations
  • decreased interest in sexual intercourse
  • discouragement
  • feeling sad or empty
  • hives or welts, itching skin, or rash
  • inability to have or keep an erection
  • irritability
  • loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • loss of memory
  • problems with memory
  • redness of the skin
  • trouble concentrating
  • unsteadiness or awkwardness
  • weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to pitavastatin: oral tablet

General

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

Gastrointestinal

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

Musculoskeletal

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]

Hepatic

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

Dermatologic

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

Other

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]

Metabolic

Frequency not reported: Glucose increased[Ref]

Renal

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

Respiratory

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

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reaction[Ref]

Psychiatric

Postmarketing reports: Insomnia, depression, confusion[Ref]

Genitourinary

Postmarketing reports: Erectile dysfunction[Ref]

References

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

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.

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