Livalo vs. Lipitor

Are Livalo and Lipitor the Same Thing?

Livalo (pitavastatin) and Lipitor (atorvastatin) are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (“statins”) used to improve blood cholesterol levels in persons with elevated or abnormal blood cholesterol levels.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Livalo?

Common side effects of Livalo include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Lipitor?

Common side effects of Lipitor include:

What Is Livalo?

Livalo (pitavastatin) is a statin drug used to improve blood cholesterol levels in persons with elevated or abnormal blood cholesterol levels.

What Is Lipitor?

Lipitor (atorvastatin) is a statin used for the treatment of elevated total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides, and to elevate HDL cholesterol.

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What Drugs Interact With Livalo?

Livalo may interact with cyclosporine, erythromycin, rifampin, gemfibrozil, other fibrates, niacin, or warfarin.

What Drugs Interact With Lipitor?

Erythromycin (E-Mycin), ketoconazole (Nizoral), itraconazole (Sporanox), cyclosporine (Sandimmune), indinavir (Crixivan) and ritonavir (Norvir) decrease elimination of Lipitor. Lipitor increases the effect of warfarin (Coumadin) and cholestyramine (Questran) decreases the absorption of Lipitor.

How Should Livalo Be Taken?

The dose range for Livalo is 1 to 4 mg orally once daily. The recommended starting dose is 2 mg and the maximum dose is 4 mg.

How Should Lipitor Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Lipitor is 10-80 mg daily.

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References

Kowa Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Livalo Prescribing Information.
http://www.livalohcp.com
Lipitor Prescribing Information.
http://labeling.pfizer.com/ShowLabeling.aspx?id=587

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