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Livalo (pitavastatin) to Lower Cholesterol (cont.)

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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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