Information about Pitavastatin

    Pitavastatin uses

    Pitavastatin is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol, increased triglycerides and increased LDL levels.

    How pitavastatin works

    Pitavastatin is a cholesterol-lowering medicine (statins). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).

    Common side effects of pitavastatin

    Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Allergic reaction, Headache, Nausea, Dyspepsia, Nasopharyngitis, Increased liver enzymes, Increased creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level in blood, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Constipation, Joint swelling, Increased glucose level in blood

    Available Medicine for Pitavastatin

    • ₹58 to ₹180
      Zydus Cadila
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹90 to ₹154
      Zydus Cadila
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹200
      Novazen Pharmaceuticals
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Pitavastatin

    • Inform your doctor if you have muscle pain, cramps, weekness, tiredness or dark coloured urine while taking Pitavastatin.
    • Pitavastatin may increase blood sugar levels. Your doctor may ask to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly.
    • Inform your doctor if you regularly drink a large amount of alcohol.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    Frequently asked questions for Pitavastatin


    Q. Pitavastatin is superior to atorvastatin?
    Pitavastatin and atorvastatin are different drugs belonging to the same class of HMG CoA reductase inhibitor (statins) and have the same mechanism of action. Their use in different conditions may vary depending upon individual response and therefore comparison between the two drugs cannot be drawn. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding their use.

    Content on this page was last updated on 19 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)