Clinical Effects of LivaloClinical studies have shown that Livalo can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with high cholesterol. For example, in one study, people given Livalo had up to a 31 percent decrease in total cholesterol, up to 43 percent decrease in LDL, and up to 18 percent decrease in triglycerides after 12 weeks of treatment. When higher Livalo doses were given, it lowered cholesterol and triglyceride levels even more.
In comparison, people who received a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients) had very small decreases (2 to 3 percent) in their cholesterol levels, and a 1 percent increase in triglycerides.
When and How to Take This MedicationSome general considerations for taking this medication include the following:
- Livalo comes in tablet form. It is usually taken once a day.
- This medication can be taken with or without food.
- It does not matter what time of day you take Livalo. However, you should try to take it at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medicine in your blood.
- Livalo should be used in addition to a low-cholesterol diet. Try to avoid eating foods that are high in cholesterol or fat to help lower your cholesterol levels.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Livalo your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your cholesterol goals
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Livalo Dosage for more information.)