Compare Lovastatin vs. Livalo

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Mevacor
(lovastatin)

Livalo
(pitavastatin)

Lowers cholesterol. Mevacor (Lovastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.Coming soon.
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4.54Lovastatin
Reviews for Lovastatin
43%
of people (All ages) say Lovastatin is worth it
39%
say it works well
22%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
LovastatinLivalo
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Myalgia 1%
  • Asthenia 1%
  • Elevations of CK levels 11%
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We haven’t found good data for Livalo side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Livalo »
How it works
LovastatinLivalo
Mevacor (Lovastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).Coming soon.
Type of medication
LovastatinLivalo
Prescription only
Available as
LovastatinLivalo
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
Used for
LovastatinLivalo
  • Hyperlipidemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
LovastatinLivalo
  • Kidney disease
  • High dose of Mevacor (Lovastatin)
  • Combining with certain cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Older age and female gender
  • Heavy alcohol use
Detailed Mevacor (lovastatin) 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.

    Interactions
    LovastatinLivalo
    • Certain medications can interact with this drug. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
    No interactions related info.
    Alcohol
    LovastatinLivalo
    • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
    No alcohol related info.
    Food
    LovastatinLivalo
    • Works best if you take it once a day after your evening meal.
    No food related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    LovastatinLivalo
    • There are rare cases of muscle damage leading to kidney failure in people taking Mevacor (Lovastatin). The risk is greater in people with kidney disease or thyroid disease, are older and female and taking certain cholesterol-lowering medication combinations. Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, weakness or fever and there is no known cause.
    • There are reports of liver damage in people who take Mevacor (Lovastatin), especially if they are heavy alcohol drinkers or have a history of liver disease. If you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin, tell your doctor. Your doctor may also want to check your liver function periodically.
    • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    LovastatinLivalo
    • Combining certain medications can increase the risk of muscle pain (myopathy), muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) and kidney damage. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist when taking any new medications.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    LovastatinLivalo
    • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
    • Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
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    Downsides and risks
    LovastatinLivalo
    • Not the best choice for people who have very high cholesterol levels.
    • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
    • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
    • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    LovastatinLivalo
    • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
    • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
    • Works best if you take it once a day after your evening meal.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
    • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
    • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
    • Certain medications can interact with this drug. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
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