Managing Cholesterol

Managing Cholesterol

The only way to know if you have high cholesterol levels is to have a simple blood test. Lifestyle changes can help improve your overall cholesterol levels.

Exercising regularly

Eating a heart-healthy diet

Taking your medicines as your healthcare team have prescribed


Remember...

Remember...

You are the most important member of your healthcare team. Talking openly with your healthcare team, combined with these tips, can help you manage your cholesterol and get the best results from your treatment.

Managing Cholesterol
Managing Tips

Working with your healthcare team

Healthcare professionals (HCPs) work as a team to help manage your cholesterol and heart health. Together, they work to develop a personalized health plan for you. Members of your healthcare team may include:

Working with your healthcare team

Primary care physicians (PCPs)

A PCP is your first point of care for managing your overall health and preventing disease. Most PCPs are either general practitioners or internal medicine specialists.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION for ZYPITAMAG™ (pitavastatin) tablets

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.

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.
  • ZYPITAMAG can be taken at any time of day, with or without food.
  • Swallow the tablet whole. Do not split, crush, dissolve, or chew.

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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