Compare Atorvastatin vs. Livalo

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Lipitor (atorvastatin)

Prescription only

Livalo (pitavastatin)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Lipitor (atorvastatin) improves your cholesterol levels and is a common first treatment for people with high cholesterol or heart disease.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 1377 reviewsforAtorvastatin
Lowers cholesterol.

Livalo (pitavastatin) lowers your cholesterol and prevents heart disease, but may be more expensive than other medicines that work just like it.

  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats), and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • It's one of the strongest cholesterol-lowering statin medications.
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a good option for people who have high cholesterol and diabetes.
  • It's available as a generic drug and can be used in combination with other cholesterol lowering drugs.
  • Good add-on therapy for reducing cholesterol if diet and exercise aren't enough.
  • Lowers your risk for heart attack, stroke, and death.
  • Livalo (pitavastatin) has fewer drug interactions with HIV medications compared to other cholesterol-lowering treatment options.
  • Statins such as Lipitor (atorvastatin) can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, or liver damage. Some people need to stop taking this medicine if these problems occur.
  • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are a female, are 65 years or older, or drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
  • Eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice can raise your risk of liver damage while taking Lipitor (atorvastatin).
  • Expensive if not covered by insurance.
  • Cholesterol-lowering effect may not be enough if you have very high cholesterol.
  • Many cannot tolerate this medicine and ones similar to it, because of severe pains and muscle aches.
Used for
  • High cholesterol and fats in the blood
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
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Side effects
12possible side effects
  • Common cold
  • Joint pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in the arms and legs
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Myalgia
  • Insomnia
  • Sore throat
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The Livalo (pitavastatin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Muscle pain
  • Liver damage
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
  • Birth defects
    • Pregnancy
  • Stroke
    • History of hemorrhagic strokes
  • Increased blood sugars
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  • High blood sugars
  • Liver damage
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
  • Muscle pain
    • High doses of Livalo (pitavastatin)
    • Elderly
  • Birth defects
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