Livalo is a drug that is often prescribed to normalize blood cholesterol levels. It helps to lower “bad” cholesterol or raise “good” cholesterol and is taken as a prophylaxis to avoid possible stroke or heart attack. Livalo belongs to HMG CoA inhibitors and is used among adults and children over 8 years old.
The drug has the highest efficiency only if a special diet is observed and all the recommendations of the physician are followed.
This drug is sometimes prescribed to the children, who have genetically inherited cholesterol problems from their parents.
Make sure that Livalo is safe for you before taking it. If you are having any liver problems or if you suffer from kidney diseases, then you should not use Livalo. Inform your doctor about any diseases that you have or have had recently. Tell the doctor if you have thyroid problems or if you drink alcohol frequently.
You should not take this drug if you have to take Cyclosporine, as the combination of the two drugs may cause serious adverse effects.
When you have an allergy to any of the components that make up Livalo, then this medication is contraindicated to you. Carefully read the instructions for use of the drug.
Livalo can cause kidney failure. It may occur among people with kidney disease and elderly people.
It is forbidden to take this medicine without consulting the doctor. In no case give Livalo to children without the doctor’s recommendation and instructions.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Taking the drug Livalo is contraindicated to women during pregnancy, as well as nursing mothers, since the drug can penetrate into the breast milk and harm the baby. If you are breastfeeding and have to use this particular medicine, then during the treatment with Livalo, protect your baby from possible danger and do not breastfeed.
Be sure to stop taking the drug and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during your therapy with Livalo. You should also tell your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant soon.
During the treatment course it is recommended to take birth control pills to prevent a possible pregnancy.
Livalo is usually taken every day at the same time, regardless of meals. Each patient has individual characteristics of the body and health status. Therefore, only a doctor can indicate the exact dosage of the drug for each patient. Usually, patients taking Livalo have to do frequent blood tests to monitor liver function.
You will only be able to get Livalo at the pharmacy if you have a doctor's prescription.
For best results, your doctor may sometimes change the dosage prescribed for you. Never change your dosage yourself or stop taking medication, even if you feel well and think your symptoms have gone away. You will only get the most benefit from the therapy after you have completed the full treatment course, which should also be accompanied by a special diet.
Common adverse reactions that may appear after taking Livalo may include constipation, diarrhea, muscle pain, back pain, and arms or legs pain.
You should stop taking the medicine and contact your healthcare provider if you start to experience seizures, a significant drop in blood pressure, or dehydration. Do not take Livalo if you need any type of surgery or if you get any infectious disease.
This article does not include a complete list of adverse reactions and warnings. Therefore, before using Livalo, you have to consult with your doctor and get full information about this drug from him or her.
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