Compare Vytorin vs. Livalo

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Lowers cholesterol.

Vytorin is expensive and is no more effective than simvastatin by itself.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 99 reviewsforVytorin
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
  • A 2-in-1 cholesterol-lowering combination medicine.
  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • 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
  • In clinical studies, simvastatin/ezetimibe hasn't controlled cholesterol better than simvastatin alone.
  • There's no generic available, so it can be expensive.
  • 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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Reviews
99 reviews so far
53%
saidit'sworth it
36%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
8possible side effects
  • Headache
    6%
  • Any side effect
    5%
  • Increased ALT
    4%
  • Myalgia
    4%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Influenza
    2%
  • Pain in extremity
    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 pain
    • Asian patients taking high-dose niacin
  • Liver damage
    • Past history of liver disease
    • heavy alcohol use
  • High blood sugar
    • Diabetes
  • Increased risk for colds and flu
  • Skin reactions
  • Harm to fetus
    • 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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