Compare Crestor vs. Welchol

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Crestor (rosuvastatin)

Prescription only

Welchol (colesevelam)

Prescription only
Lowers cholesterol.

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is one of the most effective statins to improve cholesterol. It's also available as a generic.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 751 reviewsforCrestor
Lowers cholesterol and helps lower blood sugars.

Can be taken as a tablet or as a sprinkled packet that's mixed with water, juice, or diet soft drinks.|Welchol (colesevelam) may be a good option for people who have high cholesterol and diabetes.|Welchol (colesevelam) is another option for people that can't tolerate statin medications.|It's able to be used in children over the age of 10.

Upsides
  • It's a good first choice medicine for lowering cholesterol levels when diet and exercise aren't enough.
  • Slows down the buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels, otherwise known as a hardening of the arteries.
  • In clinical studies, Crestor (rosuvastatin) has the strongest effect on lowering "bad" cholesterol compared to other statins.
  • Can lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and death, particularly if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a history of smoking.
  • Available as a generic drug.
  • Can be taken as a tablet or a sprinkled packet that's mixed with water, juice, or diet soft drinks.
  • Welchol (colesevelam) may be good for people with high cholesterol and diabetes since it can help with both conditions.
  • Welchol (colesevelam) is a good option for people that can't tolerate statins.
Downsides
  • You're more likely to have side effects if you're a female, are 65 years or older, drink alcohol every day, or take more than one medicine for cholesterol.
  • People with liver disease, kidney disease, or diabetes are also more likely to have side effects from Crestor (rosuvastatin).
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin) isn't safe to use if you're pregnant since it can hurt the fetus.
  • Welchol (colesevelam) can make you feel really constipated.
  • Welchol (colesevelam) doesn't lower cholesterol as well as other drugs.
  • It interacts with many other medications by reducing their absorption in the body.
  • Welchol (colesevelam) can increase the amount of triglycerides (fats) in some people, so your doctor may perform blood work to check your triglyceride levels.
  • It's not recommended for use in children under 10 years of age.
Used for
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Hereditary high cholesterol (Heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia)
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Powder
Price
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Reviews
751 reviews so far
60%
saidit'sworth it
47%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Crestor (rosuvastatin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
6possible side effects
  • Constipation
    7%
  • Low blood sugar
    3%
  • Indigestion
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • High blood pressure
    3%
  • Back pain
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Elevated INR
    • Taking Coumadin (warfarin)
  • Muscle pain
    • Age 65 or older
    • Taking higher doses of Crestor (rosuvastatin)
  • Increased blood sugars
    • Diabetes
  • Liver damage
    • Heavy alcohol use
    • Prior history of chronic liver disease
  • Birth defects
    • Pregnancy
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  • Bowel obstruction or blockage
    • Gastrointestinal tract surgery
    • Gastroparesis
    • Gastric motility disorders
  • Pancreatitis
    • People with high triglycerides (TG 300-500)
    • History of hypertriglyceride-induced pancreatitis
    • History of diabetes
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Drug interactions
  • Swallowing issues
    • Problems with swallowing large pills
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