Livalo (Pitavastatin) is used together with diet, weight-loss, and exercise to reduce the amount of fatty substances such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ('bad cholesterol') in the blood and to increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ('good cholesterol'). Pitavastatin is in a class of medications called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins). It works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body to decrease the amount of cholesterol that may build up on the walls of the arteries and block blood flow to the heart, brain, and other parts of the body. Accumulation of cholesterol and fats along the walls of your arteries (a process known as atherosclerosis) decreases blood flow and, therefore, the oxygen supply to your heart, brain, and other parts of your body. Lowering your blood level of cholesterol and fats with pitavastatin has been shown to prevent heart disease, angina (chest pain), strokes, and heart attacks. Pitavastatin (Generic) is available for purchase.
Pitavastatin comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day with or without food. Take pitavastatin at around the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take pitavastatin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor may start you on a low dose of pitavastatin and gradually increase your dose, not more than once every 4 weeks. Continue to take pitavastatin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking pitavastatin without talking to your doctor.
Pitavastatin may cause side effects including but not limited to:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away.
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help:
Pitavastatin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Q: Why is Livalo prescribed?
A: Livalo is used to treat high cholesterol in adults.
Q: Does Livalo have a generic alternative?
A: Pitavastatin (Generic) is FDA approved and available for purchase at a lower cost!
Q: What kind of lifestyle changes should I make while taking Livalo?
A: Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Be sure to follow all exercise and dietary recommendations made by your doctor or dietitian.
Q: What if I miss a dose of Livalo?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Q: How should I store this medication?
A: Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from light, excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).