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New Cholesterol Drug Livalo
LIVALO (pitavastatin) is an inhibitor of HMG-CoA reductase. It is a synthetic lipid-lowering agent for oral administration.
Livalo is used to treat high cholesterol in adults. Lowering your cholesterol may help prevent heart disease and hardening of the arteries, conditions that can lead to heart attack, stroke, and vascular disease.
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. Stop taking Livalo and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness;
fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine; or
nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Less serious Livalo side effects may include:
mild muscle pain;
back pain, pain in your arms or legs;
diarrhea, constipation; or
mild skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Product Code: 11620
What is a Generic Drug?
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.