What is Livalo used for?
Livalo is used to treat hyperlipidemia, which is elevated levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Livalo lowers triglycerides (fats) and LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. Livalo works by reducing the amount of LDL cholesterol made by the liver.
Livalo (Pitavastatin) Information
What is Livalo?
Livalo is a statin used to lower blood cholesterol. Another brand name for Livalo is Alipza (Brand name used in some countries such as Turkey).
The generic name for Livalo is Pitavastatin.
Livalo is available as a tablet in the strengths 1mg, 2mg and 4mg.
How to take Livalo?
Livalo is taken by mouth once daily with or without food. It is best to take Livalo every day at the same time each day. Your doctor will decide the right dosage for you.
Possible side effects of Livalo?
Some side effects of Livalo are joint pain, muscle pain, diarrhea, constipation, headache, flu symptoms, and skin rash.
In rare cases, Livalo can cause a serious muscle condition called rhabdomyolysis. Let your doctor know right away if you experience persistent muscle pain/weakness/tenderness, especially with fever.
In rare cases, Livalo can cause liver damage. Let your doctor know right away if you experience nausea/vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, or yellowing of the skin/eyes.
This is not a complete list of side effects for Livalo. If you experience any other effects let your doctor or pharmacist know.
Possible Drug Interactions with Livalo?
Red yeast rice products should be avoided when taking Livalo because they contain a statin called lovastatin which when taken with Livalo can increase the risk of serious liver and muscle problems.
This is not a complete list of drugs that interact with Livalo. Always let your doctor or pharmacist know the list of all the drugs you are taking, including herbal drugs so they can check for any possible interactions.
Livalo cost in Canada
Livalo isn't available from Canadian Pharmacy currently. It's also known as Alipza and available from Turkey at affordable cost.
Brand Alipza - 90 tabs at $129.90 ($1.44/tab)
Pitavastatin is generic equivalent of Livalo and available in 1mg, 2mg and 4mg.
Pitavastatin 1mg - 100 tabs @ $53.99 ($0.54/tab)
Pitavastatin 2mg - 100 tabs @ $55.99 ($0.56/tab)
Pitavastatin 4mg - 100 tabs @ $68.99 ($0.69/tab)