Livalo (pitavastatin) to Lower Cholesterol (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- What is Livalo (pitavastatin)?
- How is Livalo (pitavastatin) prescribed?
- With which drugs does Livalo (pitavastatin) interact?
- What about taking Livalo (pitavastatin) during pregnancy?
- What are the side effects of Livalo (pitavastatin)?
What about taking Livalo (pitavastatin) during pregnancy?
Like other statins, Livalo should not be used during pregnancy because statins are harmful to the fetus.
What are the side effects of Livalo (pitavastatin)?
Common side effects of Livalo include back pain, muscle pain, constipation and diarrhea. Livalo, may cause persistent abnormal liver function tests and rarely fatal or non-fatal liver failure. Liver function tests are performed before starting Livalo and if signs or symptoms of liver injury occur.
Like other statins Livalo may cause fatal muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis) at any dose, but most often at higher doses, or when used in combination with other drugs that increase its blood levels. All patients should promptly report unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if associated with malaise or fever. Livalo should be discontinued if rhabdomyolysis is diagnosed or suspected.
Livalo may increase HbA1c and fasting serum glucose levels.
REFERENCE: FDA.gov. Livalo (pitavastatin) Prescribing Information.
Last Editorial Review: 9/10/2013
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