Compare pravastatin vs. Livalo

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Pravachol
(pravastatin)

Livalo
(pitavastatin)

Lowers cholesterol. Pravachol (pravastatin) can improve cholesterol, but it's not as strong as other statin medicines. It does cause fewer side effects and is safer for your kidneys and liver.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Pravachol (pravastatin)
54%
of people (All ages) say Pravachol (pravastatin) is worth it
44%
say it works well
19%
say it's a big hassle
426 reviews
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Reviews for Livalo (pitavastatin)
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-54% worse vs. Pravachol (pravastatin)
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+6% better vs. Pravachol (pravastatin)
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-31% worse vs. Pravachol (pravastatin)
Have you used Livalo (pitavastatin)?
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Side effects
pravastatinLivalo
  • Upper respiratory infection 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Headache 2%
  • Chest pain 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Rash 2%
  • Muscle pain 2%
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How it works
pravastatinLivalo
Pravachol (pravastatin) 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
pravastatinLivalo
Prescription only
Available as
pravastatinLivalo
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
pravastatinLivalo
  • Hyperlipidemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
pravastatinLivalo
  • Kidney disease
  • An underactive thyroid
  • Over age 65
  • Female gender
  • Taking other medicines to lower your cholesterol
Detailed Pravachol (pravastatin) 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.

    Kidneys and liver
    pravastatinLivalo
    • Pravachol (pravastatin) is less likely to cause muscle and kidney damage than other statin medicines.
    • If you have liver problems, Pravachol (pravastatin) is the safest statin to use.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    pravastatinLivalo
    • Compared to other statins, Pravachol (pravastatin) has fewer interactions with medicines.
    • Pravachol (pravastatin) is less likely to cause muscle and kidney damage than other statin medicines.
    • If you have liver problems, Pravachol (pravastatin) is the safest statin to use.
    • It's available as a generic.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    pravastatinLivalo
    • Pravachol (pravastatin) isn't as strong as other statins in lowering your cholesterol.
    • You'll still need to eat a low fat diet and exercise regularly to get the full benefit of Pravachol (pravastatin).
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    pravastatinLivalo
    • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
    • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
    • Don't eat grapefruit and drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
    • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
    • Also let your doctor know if you notice dark urine or yellowing of your eyes or skin.
    • You'll need to stop taking Pravachol (pravastatin) if you get pregnant.
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