Compare pravastatin vs. Livalo

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Pravachol (pravastatin)

Prescription only

Livalo (pitavastatin)

Prescription only
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.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 426 reviewsforpravastatin
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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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
Dosage forms
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Reviews
426 reviews so far
54%
saidit'sworth it
44%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
20possible side effects
  • Muscle, joint or ligament/tendon pain    
    10%
  • Nausea, vomiting    
    7%
  • Diarrhea    
    7%
  • Headache    
    6%
  • Upper respiratory infection    
    6%
  • Chest pain    
    5%
  • Rash
    5%
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Stuffy nose
    4%
  • Muscle damage
    4%
  • Flatulence    
    3%
  • Indigestion, heartburn    
    3%
  • Fatigue    
    3%
  • Cough
    3%
  • Increased liver enzymes
    3%
  • Abdominal swelling
    2%
  • Influenza
    2%
  • Muscle pain
    2%
  • Sore throat
    2%
  • Bile duct disease
    2%
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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 damage
    • Kidney disease
    • An underactive thyroid
    • Over age 65
    • Female gender
    • Taking other medicines to lower your cholesterol
  • Liver damage
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • History of chronic liver disease
  • Harm to fetus
    • Pregnancy
    • Breast feeding
  • Endocrine function
    • Spironolactone use
    • Cimetidine use
    • Ketoconazole use
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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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