Pitavastatin is used in the treatment of high cholesterol and regulation of the fat levels in the body. It is part of the treatment which includes exercises and strict diet. Additionally, it is used to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other heart complications.
How does the drug work?
Pitavastatin belongs to the class of statins. It acts by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, this enzyme produces cholesterol in the liver. It also increases the catabolism of the cholesterol by enhancing its uptake by the liver and lowers blood cholesterol levels. It also increases HDL (high-density lipid) cholesterol levels in the body.
What are the common side effect?
The most commonly experienced pitavastatin side effects are pain in the throat, nose bleed, joint pain, liver function abnormalities, diarrhea, nausea, indigestion, pain in the extremities, urinary tract infections, inflammation of the nasal passages muscle pain and back pain.
Important Information for use
• People with bone marrow depression should not use Zepcar CR medicine.
• Avoid the Zepcar CR drug if an allergic reaction was seen with an earlier use of carbamazepine.
• Do not take any other antidepressant drugs along with Carbafen tablet. If a MAO-inhibitor drug was used in the past 14 days, then do not take Zepcar CR.
• Call the doctor immediately in the case of skin rash, unusual weakness, bleeding and fever. This is because of the chances of Carbafen side effects such as life-threatening skin rash.
• Continue the Zepcar CR medication for the full length prescribed by the doctor.
• Pregnant women should not start or stop using Zepcar CR unless instructed by the doctor.
• Don’t get exposed to sunlight due to the risk of sunburn with Zepcar CR.
• Do not take grapefruit juice while using Zepcar CR.
1. Can I use antifungals along with pitavastatin? No. Do not take the antifungals while taking pitavastatin.
2. Is breast enlargement in men a side effect of pitavastatin? Breast enlargement in men is a rare side effect of pitavastatin.
3. Can pitavastatin reduce risk of heart attack? Yes. Pitavastatin is routinely prescribed as a part of treatment to reduce heart attack risk.
4. Is pitavastatin safe during breastfeeding? No, pitavastatin is unsafe during breastfeeding as it may harm newborn.
5. What is the pitavastatin dosage for cholesterol treatment? The usual dosage of pitavastatin is 10 to 20 mg/day. However, consult doctor before taking the drug.