A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Livalo tablets should be stored at room temperature, in a dry place, and out of the reach of children. It can be taken at any time of day, with or without food. Just swallow the whole tablet. Do not split, crush, dissolve, or chew.
The active ingredient in Livalo is pitavastatin calcium.
The inactive ingredients include:
Keep the medicine away from children. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Livalo: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Livalo is not right for everyone. Do not take Livalo in case of a known allergy to the Livalo medication or its ingredients, if you have active liver problems, including some abnormal liver test results, you are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant as it may harm the baby, or you are currently taking cyclosporine or gemfibrozil. Let your physician know about your alcohol use and any medicine that you are taking. Do not take Livalo greater than 4 mg daily.
Less serious side effects include mild muscle pain, back pain, pain in your arms or legs, diarrhea, constipation, or mild skin rash.
Stop taking Livalo and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects