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Pitavastatin Dosage

The recommended starting dosage of pitavastatin for people with high cholesterol is 2 mg once daily. People who have kidney disease or who experience side effects with this drug may be prescribed a lower dose. Dosing guidelines are based on factors such as your cholesterol goals, other medications you are taking, and other medical conditions you may have.

An Introduction to Your Dosage of Pitavastatin

The dose of pitavastatin (Livalo®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your cholesterol goals
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you are taking.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Pitavastatin Dosing for High Cholesterol and Triglycerides

The usual starting dosage for most people with high cholesterol is pitavastatin 2 mg a day. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you have your cholesterol levels checked again after four weeks of treatment. If you have not reached your cholesterol goal at this time, your pitavastatin dose may be increased. Your dosage may also be decreased if you experience side effects.
 
The maximum pitavastatin dosage is 4 mg a day. Doses higher than 4 mg a day substantially increase the risk for muscle problems associated with pitavastatin use (see Livalo and Muscle Pain).
 
People with kidney disease will start on a lower pitavastatin dose -- 1 mg a day. The maximum dose for people with kidney disease is pitavastatin 2 mg a day.
 

General Information on Taking Pitavastatin

Some considerations for people taking this medication include the following:
 
  • Pitavastatin comes in tablet form. It is usually taken once a day.
     
  • This medication can be taken with or without food.
     
  • It does not matter what time of day you take pitavastatin. However, you should try to take it at the same time each day to keep an even level of the medicine in your blood.
     
  • Pitavastatin should be used in addition to a low-cholesterol diet. Try to avoid eating foods that are high in cholesterol or fat to help lower your cholesterol levels.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
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