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What Is Pitavastatin Used For?

How Does Pitavastatin Work?

Pitavastatin belongs to a class of drugs called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, commonly known as "statins." It works by blocking a particular enzyme, HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme controls the rate at which cholesterol is produced in the body.
 
When this enzyme is blocked, the liver makes less cholesterol. In addition, the liver collects more LDL from the blood and removes it. As a result, blood cholesterol levels drop.
 

Is It Safe for Use in Children?

Pitavastatin is not approved for people younger than 18 years old. It has not been adequately studied in this age group.
 

Can Older Adults Use This Medication?

It clinical trials, it did not appear that older adults responded to pitavastatin differently than other age groups. However, because older adults may be more likely to have kidney problems, they may need a lower initial dose. Older adults may also have an increased risk for some of the side effects of pitavastatin, such as muscle pain (see Livalo and Muscle Pain).
 

Is Pitavastatin Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend pitavastatin for something other than the uses discussed in this article. This would be known as an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no generally accepted "off-label" uses of pitavastatin.
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