Compare Crestor vs. Livalo

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Crestor
(rosuvastatin)

Livalo
(pitavastatin)

Lowers cholesterol. Crestor (rosuvastatin) is one of the most effective statins to improve cholesterol. It's also available as a generic.Coming soon.
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5.02Crestor
Reviews for Crestor
60%
of people (All ages) say Crestor is worth it
47%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
751 reviews
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Side effects
CrestorLivalo
  • Headache 1%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Muscle pain 2%
  • Joint pain 1%
  • Diabetes mellitus 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
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How it works
CrestorLivalo
Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a statin medication that changes the amount of cholesterol your body makes. It lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and improves your "good" cholesterol (HDL) levels.Coming soon.
Type of medication
CrestorLivalo
Prescription only
Available as
CrestorLivalo
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
CrestorLivalo
  • Hyperlipidemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
CrestorLivalo
  • Taking Coumadin (warfarin)
  • Age 65 or older
  • Taking higher doses of Crestor (rosuvastatin)
  • Diabetes
  • Heavy alcohol use
Detailed Crestor (rosuvastatin) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

    Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

    Alcohol
    CrestorLivalo
    • Don't have more than 2 glasses of alcohol a day since Crestor (rosuvastatin) can cause liver damage.
    • You're more likely to have side effects if you're a female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or take more than one medicine for cholesterol.
    No alcohol related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    CrestorLivalo
    • People on Crestor (rosuvastatin) have reported muscle pain which can lead to muscle or kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you're older and if you're taking higher doses of Crestor (rosuvastatin). If you suddenly feel severe muscle pain or weakness and you haven't been exercising, stop taking Crestor (rosuvastatin) and talk to your doctor right away.
    • Crestor (rosuvastatin) can cause liver damage. If your urine is darker than normal or if you notice a yellow color in your eyes or skin, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may run some tests to see how your liver is working.
    • People with liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes are also more likely to have side effects from Crestor (rosuvastatin).
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    CrestorLivalo
    • Call your doctor if you have sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
    • Crestor (rosuvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant since it can hurt the fetus.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    CrestorLivalo
    • It's a good first choice medicine for lowering cholesterol levels when diet and exercise aren't enough.
    • Slows down the buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels, otherwise known as a hardening of the arteries.
    • In clinical studies, Crestor (rosuvastatin) has the strongest effect on lowering "bad" cholesterol compared to other statins.
    • Can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
    • Available as a generic drug.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    CrestorLivalo
    • You're more likely to have side effects if you're a female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or take more than one medicine for cholesterol.
    • People with liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes are also more likely to have side effects from Crestor (rosuvastatin).
    • Crestor (rosuvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant since it can hurt the fetus.
    Coming soon
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    CrestorLivalo
    • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol levels.
    • Don't have more than 2 glasses of alcohol a day since Crestor (rosuvastatin) can cause liver damage.
    • Don't take antacids for at least 2 hours before and after taking Crestor (rosuvastatin).
    • Call your doctor if you have sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
    • Let your doctor know if you have dark urine or a yellow color in your eyes or skin.
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