Compare Crestor vs. Antara

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Crestor
(Rosuvastatin)

Antara
(Fenofibrate)

Lowers cholesterol. Crestor (Rosuvastatin) is one of the most effective statins to improve cholesterol, but the brand name medication is expensive. Statin side effects can be difficult to deal with, but the benefits might outweigh the risks.Lowers cholesterol. Antara (Fenofibrate) is good for lowering triglycerides (fats), but it's not as good as statins for improving cholesterol.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Crestor (Rosuvastatin)
61%
of people say Crestor (Rosuvastatin) is worth it
47%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Antara (Fenofibrate)
27%
34% vs. Crestor (Rosuvastatin)
14%
33% vs. Crestor (Rosuvastatin)
29%
14% vs. Crestor (Rosuvastatin)
Side effects
CrestorAntara
  • Headache 4%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Joint pain 3%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Muscle pain 1%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Diabetes mellitus 1%
More Crestor side effects »
  • Abnormal liver function tests 7%
  • Increased ast 2%
  • Increased creatine phosphokinase 2%
  • Abdominal pain 1%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 1%
  • Constipation 1%
  • Increased alt 1%
More Antara side effects »
How it works
CrestorAntara
Crestor (Rosuvastatin) is cholesterol-lowering medicine called a statin. It lowers the amount of cholesterol your body makes, which helps lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL).Antara (Fenofibrate) is a cholesterol-lowering medicine. It removes triglycerides from your body and makes it easier to process "bad" cholesterol (LDL). This also increases "good" cholesterol (HDL).
Type of medication
CrestorAntara
Cholesterol-lowering
Statin
Prescription only
Cholesterol-lowering
Fibric acid
Prescription only
Available as
CrestorAntara
  • Pill
  • Pill
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CrestorAntara
Risk factors for serious side effects
CrestorAntara
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
    • Pregnancy
    Detailed Crestor (Rosuvastatin) risks & warnings »
    • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with statins
    • Past history of liver disease
      • Taking Antara (Fenofibrate) with anticoagulants
              Detailed Antara (Fenofibrate) risks & warnings »
              Pregnancy category
              CrestorAntara
              XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

              Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

              See the FDA package insert
              CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

              Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

              See the FDA package insert
              Alcohol
              • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
              • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
              • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
              Food
              No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
              Kidneys and liver
              • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
              • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
              • People on Crestor (Rosuvastatin) have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain or weakness or fever and you don't know why.
              • People on Antara (Fenofibrate) while taking statins have reported muscle pain which may lead to muscle and kidney damage. This has been very rare. Talk to your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain or weakness or fever and you don't know why.
              Sex
              No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
              Sleep
              No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
              Weight
              No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
              Upsides and benefits
              CrestorAntara
              • Slows down the buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels, otherwise known as hardening of the arteries.
              • In clinical studies, Crestor has the strongest effect on lowering "bad" cholesterol compared to other statins.
              • Can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
              • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
              • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
              Downsides and risks
              CrestorAntara
              • Even with a generic available in 2016, can be expensive.
              • Statins can cause digestive problems, blood sugar problems, muscle aches and stiffness, muscle injury, kidney damage, and liver damage. Some people have to stop taking this medicine because of these problems.
              • You're at higher risk for these side effects if you are female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, take more than one medicine for cholesterol, or have liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes.
              • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
              • In studies, it didn't lower heart disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.
              • According to new guidelines, you shouldn't take this medicine by itself to lower cholesterol.
              • Drinking large amounts of alcohol regularly can raise your risk of liver damage.
              • Different forms and strengths of this medication can't be substituted for each other.
              Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
              CrestorAntara
              • Lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raises good cholesterol.
              • Don't take antacids for at least 2 hours before and after taking this medicine.
              • Tell your doctor if you develop sudden muscle pain, fever, or weakness.
              • Tell your doctor if you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin.
              • Lowers triglycerides.
              • Can cause backache or headache.
              • Call your doctor if you develop muscle or abdominal pain.
              • Don't drink a lot of alcohol while taking this medicine.
              • Also taking Welchol or Questran? Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 6 hours after.
              • You should use this medicine in combination with a healthy diet.
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