This post is sponsored by LIVALO® (pitavastatin) and Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, and should not be construed to constitute medical advice. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. I am not a medical professional and am not qualified to give medical advice. Please talk with your doctor about your individual medical situation.
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We all want to live happy and healthy lives. We talk a lot about managing our mindset in order to maintain our happiness. But do we talk enough about managing our health? In our families we all struggle with high cholesterol. Fred’s family struggles with it, and Jodie’s and our family struggles with it. We all have a genetic link to high cholesterol. Even though we follow fairly healthy diets, we still have relatively high cholesterol. We are taking action to reduce high cholesterol levels, and you can too.
Take Charge of Your Health
It became apparent we needed to know how to safely and effectively reduce high cholesterol levels in order to live our healthiest lives. We’ve worked on our diets, which is key. We get regular exercise, which is also a key component. But for some of us, it’s not enough.
Jodie and I eat low cholesterol diets and exercise regularly, and yet our cholesterol levels are still considered at risk.
Statins Have Helped Our Parents Reduce High Cholesterol
Jodie’s and my parents have high cholesterol. They have been taking statins for over 20 years.
Last year when we started a conversation with our mom about our high levels she immediately said, “Girls, get on statins! They helped your dad and me.”
We had never heard her say this before.
Statin therapy has made such a huge difference in both our parents’ lives. She was happy to share their success story with us.
From their own years of experience, she was confident to recommend what they relied on for long-term health benefits.
This conversation encouraged us right then. We would talk to our doctors.
We’re Educating Ourselves to Reduce High Cholesterol Levels
Before heading to our doctors, Jodie and I did our research on statins. Armed with knowledge, we can be our own best health advocates.
- We learned all about statins, and how they help lower cholesterol by blocking the enzyme that creates cholesterol.
- While there are several statins available, not all statins are the same. What works for one person’s individual needs may differ from another.
- Statin therapy is a critical part of achieving lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, in addition to heart-healthy diet and regular exercise.
About LIVALO® (pitavastatin)
LIVALO is a statin which has been proven to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, raise HDL (good) cholesterol and to lower total cholesterol, triglycerides, and Apo B consistent with the indication. It may be part of an individualized approach to treatment. LIVALO has not been studied to evaluate its effect on reducing heart-related disease or death. Common side effects include myalgia, back pain, constipation, diarrhea, muscle pain, and pain in the legs or arms.
In clinical trials:
- LIVALO reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol up to a mean of 45% at the 4-mg dose.1
- About 3% of people taking LIVALO 4 mg experienced muscle aches.1
- LIVALO had a reduced potential to interact with other medication, making it a safer choice for some.1
Individual results may vary. You should speak to your healthcare provider about options that will work best for your individual medical situation.
Be Your Own Health Advocate to Reduce High Cholesterol
It’s important to be active participants in our own heart health journeys. The keys to success that we’ve learned are fairly simple:
- We try to eat well. One way to do this is to fit more fiber into your diet. We choose foods that are high in soluble fiber, such as peas, legumes, apples, oranges, pears, berries, broccoli, and oatmeal.
- We keep our exercise up. We try to mix up activities or change up your location to stay interested –take a leisurely bike ride (moderate intensity) or try sweating it out with an uphill hike or a jump rope workout (vigorous intensity).
- We do our best to stay educated.
- We have good communication with our doctors, who recommend getting our cholesterol checked regularly (every 4-6 years after age 20).
- And if your cholesterol levels are high, we recommend talking to your doctor about statins, like we have, and make it a point to ask about LIVALO.
Take it from Bette, our 80-year-old tap dancing mom. Don’t let age or high cholesterol levels keep you from living life to its fullest. Statins have helped her stay healthy to continue to do what she loves, dancing through life!
1. “Prescribing Information.” Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., 2009. Accessed June 30, 2021. www.kowapharma.com/documents/LIVALO_PI_CURRENT.pdf.
Important Safety Information for LIVALO® (pitavastatin) tablets
What is LIVALO?
- LIVALO is a cholesterol-lowering medication called a “statin” for adults with high cholesterol that, along with a heart-healthy diet, helps to lower total cholesterol, “bad” cholesterol (LDL-C), triglycerides, and Apo B and to raise “good” cholesterol (HDL-C).
- LIVALO has not been studied to evaluate its effect on reducing heart-related disease or death.
Who should NOT take LIVALO?
LIVALO is not right for everyone. Do not take LIVALO if:
- You have a known allergy to LIVALO 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 LIVALO.
- Serious liver problems have been reported rarely in patients taking statins, including LIVALO. Your doctor should do liver tests before you start, and if you have symptoms of liver problems while you are taking LIVALO. 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 LIVALO.
- 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 LIVALO?
The most common side effects of LIVALO in clinical studies were:
- Back pain
- 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 prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store and take LIVALO?
- Store LIVALO tablets at room temperature, in a dry place, protected from light, and keep out of the reach of children.
- Take LIVALO 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 LIVALO4 mg once daily.
- If you take too much LIVALO or you or someone else takes an overdose, call your doctor and/or local Poison Control Center.
Other important information I should know about LIVALO.
- LIVALO is available by prescription only.
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