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    Pitavastatin

    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 lipid-lowering medication (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

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

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    Expert advice for Pitavastatin

    • Decreases bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and increases good cholesterol levels.
    • Helps prevent heart attack, stroke and death, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity or a history of smoking.
    • In general, Pitavastatin is safe. It may cause diarrhoea, gas, heartburn or an upset stomach. If any of these happen to you, take it with food (preferably half an hour after dinner).
    • Inform your doctor if you have sudden muscle pain, fever, weakness, dark urine or yellow colour in your eyes or skin.
    • Your doctor may ask you to check your blood sugar before and after you start Pitavastatin.

    Frequently asked questions for Pitavastatin

    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 23 November, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)