Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Crestor

(Rosuvastatin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Lowers cholesterol.

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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.

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Upsides

  • Lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats) and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL) in people who have trouble doing this through diet and exercise.
  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

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).

What to expect when you take Crestor (Rosuvastatin) for High cholesterol

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Side effect rates for Crestor (Rosuvastatin)

Risks and Warnings for Crestor (Rosuvastatin)

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  • 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.

Common concerns from people taking Crestor (Rosuvastatin)

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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.
Food
  • Taking it with evening meal helps me remember to take it
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.
  • 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.
  • Liver damage has been reported in people who take Crestor (Rosuvastatin). If you notice dark urine or yellowing of the eyes or skin, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may monitor your liver periodically.
  • Caused liver failure. Had to get a transplant.
Pain
  • Muscle and/or joint pain was so bad I couldn't do anything.