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    Pitavastatin

    Information about Pitavastatin

    Pitavastatin uses

    Pitavastatin is used in the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglycerides.

    How pitavastatin works

    Pitavastatin is a lipid-lowering medication (statin). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL).

    Common side effects of pitavastatin

    Headache, Stomach pain, Constipation, Feeling sick, Muscle pain, Weakness, Dizziness, Increased glucose level in blood

    Available Medicine for Pitavastatin

    • ₹90 to ₹154
      Zydus Cadila
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹220
      Novazen Pharmaceuticals
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Pitavastatin

    • Pitavastatin lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL). It helps prevent heart attack and stroke.
    • Pitavastatin prevents one death in every 50 patients with heart disease treated over 4 to 5 years.
    • In general, Pitavastatin is safe. It may cause digestive problems like diarrhoea, gas. If any of these happen to you, take it with food.
    • It is better to take in the evening.
    • Notify your doctor if you are more tired than usual, do not feel hungry, or if you have yellow eyes, skin or dark urine.
    • Notify your doctor if you experience muscle symptoms (pain or weakness), particularly if you have fever, a sick feeling or dark urine.
    • Regular exercise and low-fat diet further help to lower levels of fat in the blood.

    Frequently asked questions for Pitavastatin

    Pitavastatin

    Q. What should I know about high cholesterol?

    Cholesterol is a type of fat present in your blood. Your total cholesterol is made up of LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is called “bad” cholesterol as it can build up in the wall of your blood vessels and slow or obstruct blood flow to your heart, brain, and other organs. This can cause heart diseases and stroke. HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol as it prevents the bad cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels. Triglycerides also are harmful fats found in your blood.

    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 04 January, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)