Livalo (Pitavastatin Calcium)
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Pitavastatin Calcium Information
(pit a'' va stat' in)
Before taking pitavastatin,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to pitavastatin, any other medications, or any of the ingredients in pitavastatin tablets. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor if you are taking cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune). Your doctor will probably tell you not to take pitavastatin if you are taking this medication.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin); other cholesterol-lowering medications such as fenofibrate (Tricor), gemfibrozil (Lopid), and niacin (nicotinic acid, Niacor, Niaspan); rifampin (Rifadin, in Rifamate, in Rifater, Rimactane); ritonavir (Norvir) taken with atazanavir (Reyataz); or warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects. Other medications may also interact with pitavastatin, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, even those that do not appear on this list.
- tell your doctor if you have liver disease. Your doctor will order laboratory tests to see how well your liver is working even if you do not think you have liver disease. Your doctor will probably tell you not to take pitavastatin if you have liver disease or if the tests show that you may be developing liver disease.
- tell your doctor if you drink large amounts of alcohol, if you are 65 years of age or older, if you have ever had liver disease, or if you have or have ever had seizures, muscle aches or weakness, low blood pressure, or thyroid or kidney disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You should not become pregnant while you are taking pitavastatin. Talk to your doctor about birth control methods that will work for you. If you become pregnant while taking pitavastatin, stop taking pitavastatin and call your doctor immediately. Pitavastatin may harm the fetus.
- do not breastfeed while you are taking this medication.
- if you are having surgery, tell the doctor that you are taking pitavastatin. If you are hospitalized due to serious injury or infection, tell the doctor treating you that you are taking pitavastatin.
- ask your doctor about the safe use of alcoholic beverages while you are taking pitavastatin. Alcohol can increase the risk of serious side effects.
- back pain
- memory loss or forgetfulness
- muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
- extreme tiredness
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- lack of energy
- loss of appetite
- pain in the upper right part of the stomach
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- dark urine
- flu-like symptoms