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 is a prescription drug that lowers certain types of cholesterol. Cholesterol has been linked with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
Livalo works by blocking HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme responsible for cholesterol synthesis in the liver.
The starting dosage of Livalo is 2 mg by mouth once daily. The dosage may be adjusted based on your response and also based on kidney function. The dose may also be adjusted for certain drug interactions.
The maximum daily dosage is 4 mg, and the dose may be lowered to 1 mg daily in certain cases.
The active ingredient in Livalo is pitavastatin.
The most common drug-drug interactions occur between Livalo and the following:
Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney or liver disease before starting this drug.
Stop Livalo immediately if you develop sudden and unexplained muscle pain. Call your doctor.
Do not take Livalo if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Ask your doctor and pharmacist for a full list of precautions that apply to you.
Common side effects of this drug can include:
Livalo [package insert]. Montgomery, AL: Kowa Pharmaceuticals America,Inc.; 2009.