Compare Simvastatin vs. Livalo

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Zocor
(simvastatin)

Livalo
(pitavastatin)

Lowers cholesterol. Zocor (Simvastatin) is a good medication to improve your cholesterol. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Zocor (simvastatin)
61%
of people (All ages) say Zocor (simvastatin) is worth it
48%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle
1176 reviews
Have you used Zocor (simvastatin)?
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Reviews for Livalo (pitavastatin)
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-61% worse vs. Zocor (simvastatin)
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+2% better vs. Zocor (simvastatin)
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-36% worse vs. Zocor (simvastatin)
Have you used Livalo (pitavastatin)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
SimvastatinLivalo
  • Upper respiratory infections 9%
  • Abdominal pain 7%
  • Constipation 7%
  • Headache 7%
  • Bronchitis 1%
  • Abnormal heart rhythm 1%
  • Nausea 5%
  • Scaly, itchy rash 2%
  • Upset stomach 3%
  • Vertigo 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Livalo side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Livalo »
How it works
SimvastatinLivalo
Zocor (Simvastatin) 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
SimvastatinLivalo
Prescription only
Available as
SimvastatinLivalo
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Pill
Used for
SimvastatinLivalo
  • Hyperlipidemia
Risk factors for serious side effects
SimvastatinLivalo
  • Kidney disease
  • High dose of Zocor (Simvastatin)
  • Combining Zocor (Simvastatin) with certain cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • Older age and female gender
  • Heavy alcohol use
Detailed Zocor (simvastatin) 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
    SimvastatinLivalo
    • Certain medications can interact with this drug. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
    No interactions related info.
    Alcohol
    SimvastatinLivalo
    • 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.
    Kidneys and liver
    SimvastatinLivalo
    • 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.
    • There are rare cases of muscle damage leading to kidney failure in people taking Zocor (Simvastatin). 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 Zocor (Simvastatin), 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.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
    SimvastatinLivalo
    • 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
    SimvastatinLivalo
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    SimvastatinLivalo
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    SimvastatinLivalo
    • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
    • Most people reach their target cholesterol levels in 4 to 6 weeks.
    • 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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