Pitavastatin is indicated to help lower bad cholesterol and fats such as triglycerides and LDL. This used along with a proper diet. Lowering bad cholesterol and triglycerides decreases the risk of heart disease. Raising good cholesterol helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. Pitavastatin also helps bring the cholesterol in your blood to a healthier level.
How does Pitavastatin work?
Pitavastatin works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body. It is to lessen the amount of cholesterol that may build up on the walls of the arteries. This also blocks blood flow to the brain, heart, and other parts of the body.
Why use Pitavastatin?
Pitavastatin is in a group of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors or statins. This is a synthetic lipid-lowering agent for oral use. This helps lessen the amount of cholesterol that is made by the liver. Pitavastatin is a prescription approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is supplied as a tablet that contains Pitavastatin as an active ingredient. Each tablet is available in the strengths of 1 mg, 2 mg, or 4 mg.
How to use Pitavastatin?
The recommended dosage for Pitavastatin is based on your condition, age, and response. You must take this medication exactly as it is given by your doctor. Do not take in a larger or smaller amount or for longer than prescribed.
Pitavastatin is usually taken once a day. You may take each dose with or without a meal as directed by your doctor. This is to be taken by mouth. Swallow the tablet as a whole with a full glass of water. Do not chew or break it. Don’t forget to take it at the same time each day. If you are also taking other drugs to lower your cholesterol, take it at least an hour before or 4 hours after taking the medicine.
What are the side effects of Pitavastatin?
- Back pain
- Muscle pain
- Skin rash
- Pain in your arms and legs
- Joint pain
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Flu symptoms
Warnings and Precautions
- Tell your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications (vitamins or herbal supplements).
- If you are pregnant, palling to become pregnant, or breastfeeding women consult your doctor first.
- Let your doctor know if you are allergic to this medication.
- If there are any signs of an allergic reaction, call for medical help right away.
- Keep this drug far from heat and moisture.