Combining diet, exercise and medications can help you to achieve good results in normalizing blood cholesterol levels and preventing heart attacks.
One of the widely used drugs helping to cope with the problem of high cholesterol levels is Pitavastatin. It is a prescription medicine that can be taken by anyone who is 8 years of age or older. It has instructions for use, however, sometimes, at the discretion of the attending physician it can be prescribed for the treatment of conditions that are not written in the instructions.
Pitavastatin is a statin medication that helps the body to slow down the secretion of cholesterol, thus reducing the amount of cholesterol. Cholesterol can concentrate in the arteries, which interferes with normal blood flow and blood flow to the brain, heart, and other organs.
An increased concentration of cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, as well as dangerous consequences such as heart attack and stroke. Many people take Pitavastatin to prevent health hazardous conditions caused by high blood cholesterol.
The drug Pitavastatin is dispensed in pharmacies only with a doctor's prescription. Before using any medication, you should visit a doctor and get tested. The doctor usually prescribes treatment and all necessary medications, gives recommendations on the use of the drugs.
Usually Pitavastatin in a tablet form is prescribed in the amount of 1 tablet per day. It is recommended to take the medicine every day in the evening, following the instructions for use of the drug. If you do not understand any paragraph of the instructions or you have any questions of interest regarding the drug, then you should ask your doctor before using it.
Never use a higher dosage than your doctor prescribed. Usually the initial dose of the drug is minimal. Over the treatment course it gradually rises. Treatment adjustments and dosage changes can only be made by the attending physician.
Probably, you will have to take blood tests frequently, as only in this way you can check the level of cholesterol in your blood and monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and the quality of the drug's action. As long as you follow diet and exercise, you will be able to get the best treatment results, as well as lose weight and improve your appearance. Treatment with Pitavastatin requires avoiding foods rich in fat, as well as alcohol.
Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have any allergies to medicines or any substances. Also talk to your doctor about any unpleasant symptoms you are experiencing. Tell your doctor about any medications you usually take.
Tell the doctor ahead of time if you have liver problems. You will be scheduled for tests, and only then the appropriate medication will be prescribed. Pitavastatin is not recommended for people over 65 years of age, or people who are experiencing thyroid disease, low blood pressure or muscle pain. Pitavastatin is contraindicated during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to the potential for harm to the baby.
Common adverse reactions after using Pitavastatin are: diarrhea, confusion, back pain, forgetfulness, and constipation. If any of these symptoms worries you and does not stop for a long time, then you should immediately seek help from a doctor.
The information in this article is for informational purposes only and does not include a complete list of side reactions and contraindications. Ask your doctor to give you complete information on the drug.