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Livalo (Pitavastatin)

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We guarantee the lowest price on all of our prescription products. If you find your medications cheaper at any other recognized licensed mail order pharmacy, we will not only match their price, we will beat it by 25% of the difference. It is our 125% price match guarantee!

Example: If you find a product on Canada Drugs Direct for $50.00 and find the same product for $40.00 at another mail order pharmacy, we will provide you with a $12.50 discount, bringing your total to $37.50.

To get the discount please make sure to mention the price match to the customer service team when they call to collect payment for your order. Or call toll free at 1-888-904-8467 to place the order through the phone.

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  • Guaranteed lowest price is only valid at the time of sale.
  • We will only match the current advertised price.
  • Products must be identical and in stock at the time of placing an order with a licensed mail order pharmacy. They must be an online Canadian pharmacy with an address in Canada.
  • Products must be authentic in brand and size (same manufacturer, same country of manufacture, same pack size, same strength and same quantity).
  • Products must be new. We cannot match the price of any used, short expiry or expired product.
  • Price match can only be issued over the phone with our customer service team. Please note at this time we cannot offer price matching for the products Ozempic or Saxenda.
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.


Your doctor may prescribe Livalo for the treatment of high cholesterol levels. Certain types of cholesterol have been linked to heart diseases like heart attack and stroke. Livalo is typically chosen if similar medications have failed or are not appropriate.

Livalo is an HMG-CoA Reductase inhibitor. It works by blocking the formation of cholesterol in the liver. It is most effective at lowering LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol.

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Chemical Name


Elimination half-life

11 hours

Dosage (Strength)

1mg, 2mg, 3mg


Not Recommended


Livalo, Livazo

Protein binding


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Routes of administration

By mouth


The starting dosage is 2 mg by mouth once daily. The dosage may be increased to 4 mg daily or decreased to 1 mg once daily.


The active ingredient in Livalo is pitavastatin. Pitavastatin is known to have fewer drug-drug interactions than other medications in the same class. However, it still has some interactions, including:

  • Acipimox
  • Asunaprevir
  • Bezafibrate
  • Ciprofibrate
  • Clarithromycin
  • Cobicistat
  • Colchicine
  • CycloSPORINE
  • Daclatasvir
  • DAPTOmycin
  • Darolutamide
  • Eltrombopag
  • Encorafenib
  • Erythromycin
  • Etravirine
  • Fenofibrate and Derivatives
  • Fostemsavir
  • Fusidic Acid
  • Gemfibrozil
  • Glecaprevir and Pibrentasvir
  • Lanthanum
  • Leflunomide
  • Letermovir
  • Niacin
  • Niacinamide
  • Ombitasvir, Paritaprevir, Ritonavir, and Dasabuvir
  • Raltegravir
  • Red Yeast Rice
  • Repaglinide
  • RifAMPin
  • Rupatadine
  • Simeprevir
  • Telithromycin
  • Teriflunomide
  • Trabectedin
  • Voclosporin
  • Voxilaprevir


The dosage may need to be adjusted if you have impaired kidney function.

Do not use this drug if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Tell your doctor if you have a history of liver disease.

Statin medications may increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis, a severe muscle disease. Tell your doctor if you have any unexplained muscle aches while on this drug.

Side Effects

The most common side effects may include:

  • Abdominal Distress
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acute Generalized Exanthematous Pustulosis
  • Angioedema
  • Arthralgia
  • Asthenia
  • Back Pain
  • Chest Pain
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dyspepsia
  • Elevated Glycosylated Hemoglobin
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Hepatic Failure
  • Hepatitis
  • Hypersensitivity Reaction
  • Hypoesthesia
  • Increased Creatine Phosphokinase
  • Increased Serum Alkaline Phosphatase
  • Increased Serum Bilirubin
  • Increased Serum Glucose
  • Increased Serum Transaminases
  • Influenza
  • Insomnia
  • Interstitial Pulmonary Disease
  • Jaundice
  • Malaise
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Myalgia
  • Myopathy
  • Nasopharyngitis
  • Nausea
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Rhabdomyolysis


Livalo [package insert]. Montgomery, AL: Kowa Pharmaceuticals America,Inc.; 2009.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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