Livalo Warnings and Precautions
Before determining whether Livalo is suitable for you, your healthcare provider will need to know about any medical conditions you have, such as hypothyroidism, alcohol problems, or liver or kidney disease. Other precautions with Livalo include warnings of possible drug interactions and allergic reactions. Also, make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Livalo® (pitavastatin) if you have:
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Alcohol problems
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Specific Precautions and Warnings With LivaloSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this drug include the following:
- In rare cases, rhabdomyolysis (the severe breakdown of muscles) and kidney failure have been reported with the use of statins, such as Livalo. This reaction appears to be more likely to occur at higher doses. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, especially if it is accompanied by a fever or feelings of general discomfort, as rhabdomyolysis is a very serious condition.
- Livalo and other statins have been shown to cause increases in liver enzymes, especially at higher doses. It is generally recommended that liver function be checked with a blood test before starting Livalo.
Previously it had been recommended that people taking statins have routine periodic liver function tests while taking the medication, but this recommendation has been removed, since such monitoring does not help much to detect or prevent such problems. Liver function tests should still be performed if there is any suspicion of liver damage.
- Livalo may interact with a number of other medications (see Livalo Drug Interactions for more information).
- Livalo is a pregnancy Category X medicine, meaning that it could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. Therefore, it is not recommend for use in women who are pregnant. If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider before taking Livalo (see Livalo and Pregnancy).
- You should not use Livalo while breastfeeding a child. If you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Livalo and Breastfeeding).