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Lipitor vs Livalo, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a male patient aged 70

This is personalized comparison of Lipitor vs Livalo for a male aged 70. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

What are the drugs

Lipitor (latest outcomes from 132,675 users) has active ingredients of atorvastatin calcium. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

Livalo (latest outcomes from 1,985 users) has active ingredients of pitavastatin calcium. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

What is the symptom

Muscle disorder (muscle disease) (latest reports from 30,326 patients) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, depression.

On Jul, 23, 2014: 15,431 male patients aged 67 who take the same drugs are studied in Lipitor vs Livalo

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug

Drugs to compare:

Lipitor atorvastatin calciumPfizer
Livalo pitavastatin calciumKowa

eHealthMe real world results:

For males aged 67 (±5):

Comparison with the specified adverse outcomes:

(outcome and its % of total reports)

Lipitor (Pfizer)Livalo (Kowa)
Muscle Disorder0.65%0.00%

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Lipitor (Pfizer)Livalo (Kowa)
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Cerebral Infarction (less blood supply to brain resulting tissue damage)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Neuropathy Peripheral (surface nerve damage)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Muscle Weakness (a lack of muscle strength)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Hyperlipidaemia (presence of excess lipids in the blood)
Drug IneffectiveCondition Aggravated
Chest PainAngina Pectoris (chest pain due to ischemia of the heart muscle)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Renal Impairment (severely reduced kidney function)
Asthenia (weakness)Pyrexia (fever)
Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)Chest Pain

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Lipitor (Pfizer)Livalo (Kowa)
Myalgia (muscle pain)Muscle Weakness (a lack of muscle strength)
Pain In ExtremityBlood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased
Asthenia (weakness)Fall
Blood Creatine Phosphokinase IncreasedDizziness
Muscular Weakness (muscle weakness)Large Intestine Carcinoma (cancer of large intestine)
Muscle Spasms (muscle contraction)Gastric Cancer (stomach cancer)
Arthralgia (joint pain)Pyrexia (fever)
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Urinary Tract Infection
DepressionMusculoskeletal Pain (pain affects the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves)
Myocardial Infarction (destruction of heart tissue resulting from obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle)Abasia (inability to walk)

Drug effectiveness:

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Drug effectiveness in real world:

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Side effects in real world:

On eHealthMe, Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Livalo (pitavastatin calcium) is often used to treat high blood cholesterol. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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