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Livalo (Pitavastatin): Product Information, Cost & Savings
Livalo is a prescription medication which is for treating low-density (LDL) Cholesterol, commonly known as bad cholesterol. If you suffer from high LDL levels and your doctor has prescribed Livalo for your condition, you could buy it online from PricePro Pharmacy with up 80% savings.
We have both brand name and generic pitavastatin available.
Livalo is also marketed as Alipza, which we have available in 2mg and 4mg tablets. As for the generic alternative to Livalo, we have this available in 1mg, 2mg, and 4mg tablets. Generic pitavastatin is manufactured by Zydus Healthcare and comes in a pack size of 100 tablets.
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Livalo (Pitavastatin) Medication Information
Your doctor may prescribe Livalo to treat cholesterol levels, and it may reduce the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke. Livalo belongs to a class of medications called “statins.”
Statins work by correcting imbalances in cholesterol levels called hyperlipidemia. They increase levels of good cholesterol (HDL) while decreasing harmful cholesterol (LDL and triglycerides).
It may also be prescribed for patients eight years of age or older with familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH).
Over time, high cholesterol levels can cause “tears” on the inside of the blood vessels. When the body repairs this damage, small clots can form and break off where they can travel to other parts of the body and cause damage.
The starting dose is 2 mg by mouth once daily. Cholesterol levels should be checked four weeks after starting the medication and the dose adjusted as needed.
The maximum dose of Livalo is 4 mg by mouth once daily.
The dosage should be reduced for people with impaired kidney function.
Common side effects of Livalo and other statins include:
- Back pain
Tell your doctor if you have a history of liver problems. You may need liver enzymes to be monitored when you start therapy.
Use caution if you have diabetes. Pitavastatin and other statins can increase serum blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C. You should have blood sugar labs monitored while taking Livalo.
Livalo should be used with caution in patients who are 65 years of age or older.
This medication should be temporarily stopped while undergoing major elective surgery.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all medications you are taking before starting Livalo. Common interactions include:
- Red yeast rice
Protect from light and store it at room temperature between 15°C and 30°C.
- Report any abnormal muscle pain that starts after taking Livalo, especially if you experience brown- or dark-colored urination at the same time.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while taking statins.
- Do not take if you plan to breastfeed.
How long do I need to take Livalo?
Livalo and other cholesterol medications are chronic and are usually taken lifelong. However, in some people, hyperlipidemia can be managed effectively with diet and exercise. Talk with your doctor about how long you will be taking Livalo.
How long does it take Livalo to work?
The effects of Livalo should be apparent within about four weeks of starting. You will not be able to tell that Pitavastatin is working without doing a lab test to check cholesterol levels.
Do I need to take Livalo during a certain time of day?
Some statins need to be taken at night before bed. However, Livalo can be taken during any time of the day as long as you take it at the same time each day.
- Livalo [package insert]. Cincinnati, OH: Kowa; 2019.
Author: Dr. Conor Sheehy, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Sheehy is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist. He has worked in multiple practice settings, including retail and hospital pharmacies, and in medical clinics. He specializes in anticoagulation, psychiatric medications, and diabetes medications. He strives to empower his patients to understand their medications and improve their overall medical care.
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.