Livalo (Pitavastatin)(℞) Prescription Required - Livalo is also marketed internationally as Alipza
Livalo (Pitavastatin) Side Effects and Dosage
LIVALO lowers levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides, while raising levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). Lowering LDL cholesterol may help prevent vascular conditions such as heart disease, vascular disease, heart attack, and stroke
Proper Use of this medication
LIVALO comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It's typically taken once a day, with or without food.
The starting dose is usually 2 milligrams (mg) a day. The maintenance dose is typically 1 mg to 4 mg a day.
Don't take more than 4 mg of LIVALO in one day.
Swallow the tablet whole. Don't split, crush, or chew it.
Try to take this medicine around the same time each day.
Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully. Don't take more or less LIVALO than your doctor prescribes.
If you suspect an overdose of LIVALO, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Missed Dose of LIVALO
If you miss a dose of LIVALO, take it as soon as you remember.
But if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular medication schedule.
Don't take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Common Side Effects of LIVALO
Tell your doctor if any of the following side effects become severe or don't go away:
- Back pain
- Mild muscle pain
- Mild pain in your arms or legs
Serious Side Effects of LIVALO
Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
- Unusual bruising or bleeding
- Extreme fatigue or lack of energy
- Confusion or memory problems
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- Dark-colored urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Flu-like symptoms
- Little or no urination
- Swelling or rapid weight gain
- Pain in your side or lower back
- Signs of an allergic reaction (may include hives, rash, itching, chest tightness, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat)
Warnings and Precautions
Don't take LIVALO if you have liver disease.
Your doctor will probably order tests to check how well your liver is functioning before prescribing this medicine.
Let your doctor know if you've ever had liver disease or consumed large amounts of alcohol.
LIVALO may not be suitable for adults age 65 or older may also make you less suitable for LIVALO.
Also, tell your doctor if you have, or have ever had, any of the following conditions before taking LIVALO:
- Muscle aches or weakness
- Low blood pressure
- Thyroid disease
- Kidney disease
LIVALO can cause a serious condition that leads to kidney failure. This problem is more likely to occur in older adults, people with kidney disease, and those with an underactive thyroid.
Your doctor will probably tell you not to take LIVALO if you also take the medicines Gengraf, Neoral, or Sandimmune (cyclosporine).
Don't give LIVALO to a child under 18 without first talking with a doctor.
Continue to take this medicine even if you feel well. Don't stop using LIVALO without talking with your doctor.
Carefully follow the diet plan that your healthcare provider recommends. LIVALO won't be as effective at lowering your cholesterol if you don't follow these recommendations.
Let your doctor know you're taking LIVALO before having any type of surgical procedure, including a dental procedure.
Your doctor will probably want to perform frequent tests to monitor your body's response to LIVALO. Keep all appointments with your doctor's office and laboratory.
Pregnancy and LIVALO
LIVALO can harm an unborn baby and cause birth defects. Don't take this medicine if you're pregnant.
Be sure to use an effective form of birth control while taking LIVALO.
The drug can also pass into breastmilk and may harm a breastfeeding baby. Don't breastfeed while taking LIVALO.
Interactions with this medication
Tell your doctor about all prescription, nonprescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you're taking and any of the following:
- E.E.S., E-Mycin, or Erythrocin (erythromycin)
- Other cholesterol-lowering medications, such as TriCor (fenofibrate), Lopid (gemfibrozil), or nicotinic acid, Niacor, or Niaspan (niacin)
- Rifadin or Rimactane (rifampin), Rifamate (rifampin and isoniazid), or Rifater (rifampin, isoniazid, and pyrazinamide)
- Norvir (ritonavir), when taken with Reyataz (atazanavir)
- Coumadin or Jantoven (warfarin)
LIVALO and Alcohol
Alcohol can raise triglyceride levels and raise your risk of liver damage.
Don't drink alcohol while taking LIVALO.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.