Dosing

Dosing

Minimally metabolized through
the CYP 450 family of enzymes
One tablet, once daily
Taken with or without food

ZYPITAMAG (pitavastatin) tablets

(2 mg, 4 mg) - (90 and 500 tablets)

  • The recommended starting dose is 2 mg once daily. Do not exceed 4 mg once-daily dose.
  • After 4 weeks, analyze lipid levels and adjust dosing accordingly.
  • Patients with moderate and severe renal impairment not on hemodialysis (GFR 30-59 mL/min/1.73 m2 and 15-29 mL/min/1.73 m2, respectively) and patients with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis should receive a starting dose of ZYPITAMAG 1 mg once daily and a maximum dose of ZYPITAMAG 2 mg once daily. ZYPITAMAG is not available in a 1 mg dose; use an alternative formulation of pitavastatin.
  • In patients taking erythromycin, a dose of ZYPITAMAG 1 mg once daily should not be exceeded. ZYPITAMAG is not available in a 1 mg dose; use an alternative formulation of pitavastatin.
  • In patients taking rifampin, a dose of ZYPITAMAG 2 mg once daily should not be exceeded.

Refer to Prescribing Information for complete dosing information and to the Important Safety Information for dose-dependent skeletal muscle effects.

Key considerations outlined in the 2013 ACC/AHA Guidelines and 2014 recommendations published by the National Lipid Association lend credence to an individualised approach to lipid-modifying treatment1,2

  • Assessing patients' individual risks: Evaluate age, comorbidities, and treatment regimens, including complexity, polypharmacy, and potential drug interactions.
  • Determining treatment: Consider statins as first-line drug treatment.
  • Selecting appropriate statin and dose: Discussion with patient to help minimize individual challenges to optimize goal achievement.

Pitavastatin (2 mg, 4 mg) is recommended as a moderate intensity statin. Patient candidates may exist for high-intensity statin but may meet the need for moderate-intensity statin based on the following intensity-modifying criteria.

High-intensity statin therapy

References:

  1. Stone NJ, Robinson J, Lichtenstein AH, et al. 2013 ACC/AHA guideline on the treatment of blood cholesterol to reduce atherosclerotic cardiovascular risk in adults: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014;63(25 Pt. B):2889-2934
  2. Jacobson TA, Ito MK, Maki KC, et al. National Lipid Association recommendations for patient-centered management of dyslipidemia: part 1 - executive summary. J Clin Lipidol. 2014;8(5):473-488

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR ZYPITAMAG™ (pitavastatin) tablets

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR ZYPITAMAG (pitavastatin) tablets

INDICATIONS & USAGE

ZYPITAMAG is indicated as an adjunctive therapy to diet in adult patients with primary hyperlipidemia or mixed dyslipidemia to reduce elevated total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), apolipoprotein B (Apo B), triglycerides (TG), and to increase high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). Limitations of Use: The effect of ZYPITAMAG on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: ZYPITAMAG is contraindicated in patients with a known hypersensitivity to product components, in patients with active liver disease (which may include unexplained persistent elevations in hepatic transaminase levels), in women who are pregnant or may become pregnant, in nursing mothers, or in co-administration with cyclosporine.

WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS

  • Myopathy and Rhabdomyolysis: Risk factors include age 65 and greater, renal impairment, inadequately treated hypothyroidism, concomitant use of certain drugs, and higher doses of ZYPITAMAG. ZYPITAMAG is contraindicated in patients taking cyclosporine and not recommended in patients taking gemfibrozil. The following drugs when used concomitantly with ZYPITAMAG may also increase the risk of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis: lipid-modifying dosages of niacin (>1 g/day), fibrates, and colchicine. Discontinue ZYPITAMAG if markedly elevated CK levels occur or myopathy is diagnosed or suspected. Temporarily discontinue ZYPITAMAG in patients experiencing an acute or serious condition at high risk of developing renal failure secondary to rhabdomyolysis; e.g., sepsis; shock; severe hypovolemia; major surgery; trauma; severe metabolic, endocrine, or electrolyte disorders; or uncontrolled epilepsy. Inform patients of the risk of myopathy and rhabdomyolysis when starting or increasing the ZYPITAMAG dosage. Instruct patients to promptly report any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever.

  • Immune-Mediated Necrotizing Myopathy (IMNM): There have been rare reports of IMNM, an autoimmune myopathy, associated with statin use. IMNM is characterized by: proximal muscle weakness and elevated serum creatine kinase, which persist despite discontinuation of statin treatment; positive anti-HMG CoA reductase antibody; muscle biopsy showing necrotizing myopathy; and improvement with immunosuppressive agents.

  • Hepatic Dysfunction: Increases in serum transaminases can occur. Rare postmarketing reports of fatal and non-fatal hepatic failure have occurred. Consider liver enzyme testing before initiating therapy and as clinically indicated thereafter. If serious hepatic injury with clinical symptoms and/or hyperbilirubinemia or jaundice occurs, promptly discontinue ZYPITAMAG.

  • Increases in HbA1c and Fasting Serum Glucose Levels: Increases of each have been reported with statins, including ZYPITAMAG. Optimize lifestyle measures, including regular exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight, and making healthy food choices.

ADVERSE REACTIONS: The most frequent adverse reactions (rate ≥ 2%) are myalgia, back pain, diarrhea, constipation and pain in extremity. This is not a complete list of all reported adverse events.

For additional information, refer to full Prescribing Information.

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