"What is Livalo (pitavastatin)?
Livalo (pitavastatin) is a cholesterol-lowering drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration in August 2009. Livalo is an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or "statin."
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Livalo Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is pitavastatin (Livalo)?
- What are the possible side effects of pitavastatin (Livalo)?
- What is the most important information I should know about pitavastatin (Livalo)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking pitavastatin (Livalo)?
- How should I take pitavastatin (Livalo)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Livalo)?
- What happens if I overdose (Livalo)?
- What should I avoid while taking pitavastatin (Livalo)?
- What other drugs will affect pitavastatin (Livalo)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Livalo)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Livalo)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking pitavastatin (Livalo)?
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Pitavastatin will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.
Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.
What other drugs will affect pitavastatin (Livalo)?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin);
- itraconazole (Sporanox);
- rifampin (Rifater, Rifadin, Rifamate);
- HIV medications such as atazanavir (Reyataz), ritonavir (Norvir), lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra), saquinavir (Invirase), and others; or
- any other "statin" medication such as atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), or simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with pitavastatin. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about pitavastatin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Livalo Information
- Livalo Drug Interactions Center: pitavastatin oral
- Livalo Side Effects Center
- Livalo FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
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