Compare Crestor vs. Livalo

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Crestor (rosuvastatin)

Prescription only

Livalo (pitavastatin)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is one of the most effective statins to improve cholesterol. It's also available as a generic.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 751 reviewsforCrestor
Lowers cholesterol.

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

Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Used for
  • High cholesterol and fats in the blood
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Reviews
751 reviews so far
60%
saidit'sworth it
47%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Crestor (rosuvastatin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Livalo (pitavastatin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Elevated INR
    • Taking Coumadin (warfarin)
  • Muscle pain
    • Age 65 or older
    • Taking higher doses of Crestor (rosuvastatin)
  • Increased blood sugars
    • Diabetes
  • Liver damage
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
  • Birth defects
    • Pregnancy
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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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