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New Data Showed Minimal Potential for Drug Interaction Between Cholesterol Drug LIVALO® and a Common Antiretroviral Therapy
Date:7/18/2011

alth risk. In addition, less than half of patients who qualify for any kind of lipid-modifying treatment are receiving it, and only about one-third of patients who are on treatment are achieving their LDL-C goals.

What is LIVALO?

LIVALO is a prescription medicine that, along with diet, has been approved for the treatment of high cholesterol.

LIVALO has not been studied to evaluate its effect on reducing heart-related disease or death.

LIVALO Important Safety Information

Who should NOT take LIVALO?

LIVALO is not right for everyone, including:

  • Those who have had an allergic reaction to LIVALO
  • Anyone with liver disease
  • Patients with severe kidney disease not on hemodialysis
  • Women who are nursing, pregnant, or who may become pregnant
  • Anyone currently taking cyclosporine

What should I talk to my doctor about?

  • If you take LIVALO, tell your doctor right away if you experience any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, particularly if accompanied by fever or a general feeling of discomfort. This could be a sign of a rare but serious side effect.  
  • Your doctor should do blood tests to monitor your liver function before starting LIVALO, and then at 12 weeks following the start of LIVALO, after any increase in dose, and periodically (e.g., every 6 months) thereafter.
  • Please talk to your doctor about your alcohol use.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medications you take including nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.

What are the most common side effects of LIVALO?

The most common side effects of LIVALO in clinical studies were:

  • Back pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain in the legs or arms
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