Taking Livalo®? There is a lower cost option

March 23, 2021

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If you are taking Livalo (pitavastatin) tablets you may be paying too much. Branded products can be expensive, and Livalo is no exception.

Livalo Cost Increase

The cost of Livalo has continued to increase over the years. From 2013 to 2018 the cash-pay price increased from approximately $400 to over $800 for a 90-day prescription. Today, the cost for Livalo is around $1,117 for a supply of 90 tablets, depending on the pharmacy you visit.

Unfortunately, Livalo, even with a manufacturer coupon, is so expensive that many people are having to use older statins.

There is now a lower cost option.

Livalo vs. Zypitamag

Zypitamag (pitavastatin) is a pharmaceutical alternative to Livalo. It became available in the U.S. in 2017.

Zypitamag contains the same active molecule as Livalo, pitavastatin. The difference between Livalo and Zypitamag comes in the form of the salt; Livalo contain calcium, whereas Zypitamag contains magnesium.

While its not a generic, Zypitamag is considered bioequivalent to Livalo. This means that you should see the same results with both Zypitamag and Livalo if taken in the same way.

An Affordable Livalo Alternative – Zypitamag

Many branded products may not be affordable for patients, as they have limited coverage from their insurance plans and as a result, high out-of-pocket costs.

Zypitamag is one exception. It is priced affordably for people regardless of their insurance coverage. The cost for uninsured patients is just over $1 a day. Click to fill your prescription.

If you want to full story on Zypitamag, click here.

This article contains information about an FDA-approved product, Zypitamag (pitavastatin) tablets. This medication is available by prescription only. Talk to your doctor to see if Zypitamag is right for you. Please refer to the Zypitamag (pitavastatin) tablets Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information for more information.


Who should NOT take ZYPITAMAG?

ZYPITAMAG is not right for everyone. Do not take ZYPITAMAG if:

  • You have a known allergy to ZYPITAMAG or any of its ingredients.
  • You have active liver problems, including some abnormal liver test results.
  • You are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant, as it may harm the baby.
  • You are currently taking cyclosporine or gemfibrozil.

What is the most important information I should know and talk to my doctor about?

  • Call your healthcare provider or get help right away if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, or hives.
  • Muscle problems may be an early sign of rare, serious conditions. Tell your doctor right away if you have any unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness, particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever, or if these muscle signs or symptoms persist after discontinuing ZYPITAMAG.
  • Serious liver problems have been reported rarely in patients taking statins, including pitavastatin. Your doctor should do liver tests before you start, and if you have symptoms of liver problems while you are taking ZYPITAMAG. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you feel more tired than usual, have a loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark-colored urine, or yellowing of the skin or eyes.
  • Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications you take including nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.
  • Increases in blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including pitavastatin.
  • Tell your doctor about your alcohol use.
  • Tell your healthcare provider of a known or suspected pregnancy.

What are the most common side effects of ZYPITAMAG?

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

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

This is not a complete list of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of all drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store and take ZYPITAMAG?

  • Store ZYPITAMAG tablets at room temperature, in a dry place, and out of the reach of children.
  • Take ZYPITAMAG orally once daily with or without food at the same time each day.
  • Swallow the tablet whole. Do not split, crush, dissolve, or chew.
  • The maximum recommended dosage is ZYPITAMAG 4 mg once daily.
  • If you take too much ZYPITAMAG or you or someone else takes an overdose, call your doctor and/or local Poison Control Center.

Other important information I should know about ZYPITAMAG.

  • ZYPITAMAG has not been studied to evaluate its effect on reducing heart-related disease or death.
  • ZYPITAMAG is available by prescription only.

For additional information, please see the full Prescribing Information.

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