Livalo

(pitavastatin)

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Lowers cholesterol.

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

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Quick facts about Livalo
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Livalo (pitavastatin) is a statin, which lowers the amount of "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raises the amount of "good" cholesterol (HDL) circulating in your body.

Quick facts about Livalo
  • Drug class: Cardiovascular
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • High cholesterol and fats in the blood

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Livalo (pitavastatin) for High cholesterol and fats in the blood

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  • Possible side effects
  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain the limbs
  • Headache
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Risks and Warnings for Livalo (pitavastatin)

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  • Livalo (pitavastatin) can sometimes raise your blood sugar levels. Your doctor may require you to monitor your blood sugar levels, especially if you're a diabetic.

Common concerns from people taking Livalo (pitavastatin)

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Interactions
  • Livalo (pitavastatin) has fewer drug interactions with HIV medications compared to other cholesterol-lowering treatment options.
Kidneys and liver
  • People on Livalo (pitavastatin) have had severe muscle pain, which can lead to muscle and kidney damage. This is more likely to happen if you're older and you're taking higher doses of Livalo (pitavastatin). If you suddenly feel muscle pain or weakness and you haven't been exercising, stop taking Livalo (pitavastatin) and talk to your doctor right away.
Pain
  • Many cannot tolerate this medicine and ones similar to it, because of severe pains and muscle aches.
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Livaloon 8/3/2016On Livalo numbers are good . 4 weeks ago I began feeling weak, not able do anything. Diarrhea, light color stools, neck/shoulder pain, confused, forgetfulness, finger/toes numbness. Stopped Livalo. I'm feeling better, but not well.
    75
    Woman
    Hyperlipidemia
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Livaloon 8/30/2015Calf pain was so bad I couldn't walk, arms hurt for 2 weeks
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    Woman
    Less than a week
    Diabetes mellitus - Hyperlipidemia