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Pitavastatin (By mouth)

Lowers high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. This medicine is a statin.

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Pitavastatin is used together with a proper diet to treat high cholesterol levels and triglyceride (fat) levels in the blood. This medicine may help prevent medical problems (e.g., heart attacks, strokes) that are caused by fat clogging the blood vessels. Pitavastatin belongs to the group of medicines called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins. It works to reduce the amount of cholesterol in… Read more
Brand names include
Livalo
Drug classes About this
Antihyperlipidemic

What works? Research summarized

Evidence reviews

Meta-analysis of the comparative efficacy and safety of pitavastatin and atorvastatin in patients with dyslipidaemia

WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Pitavastatin is the latest available statin. It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of dyslipidaemia. This meta-analysis was aimed at evaluating the effects of pitavastatin on lipid profiles in patients with dyslipidaemia compared with atorvastatin.

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Adverse events associated with individual statin treatments for cardiovascular disease: an indirect comparison meta-analysis

The use of statin therapy for cardiovascular disease was associated with a relatively low risk of adverse events. High risk of bias within the studies, high clinical and methodological heterogeneity between the studies, and a discrepancy between the initial outcomes stated and those actually reported suggest that the authors' conclusions and recommendations may not be reliable.

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Summaries for consumers

Coronary artery disease: What can I expect from taking statins?

Statins have been proven to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who have coronary artery disease, and to improve their life expectancy. Most people tolerate the drug fairly well.

Medication for the treatment of high cholesterol levels

High cholesterol levels could mean an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Certain medications that reduce cholesterol levels can prevent related health problems and increase life expectancy. Whether or not it is worth taking these medications will depend on what other risk factors you have.

Fact sheet: Medication for long-term treatment of CAD

The most important part of long-term treatment for coronary artery disease (CAD) is taking medication. The different types of drugs aim to both reduce symptoms and prevent complications.

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