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Crestor

(Rosuvastatin)

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Lowers cholesterol.

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Our pharmacists’ bottom line

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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Crestor (Rosuvastatin)

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dizziness
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Liver enzyme abnormalities
  • Muscle disease
  • Myoglobinuria
  • Rash
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Sudden or temporary kidney injury
  • Thyroid function abnormalities

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

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Crestor (Rosuvastatin)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • 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
    Age: 68
    Gender: Woman
    Taken for: Heart protection
    Duration taken: Two years or more
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Stopped taking it after suffering Rhabdomyolysis which attacks the muscles and kidneys. I had no symptoms to warn me until the damage to muscles was done. Proved to be a very dangerous drug for me..Keep check of blood CK levels if using it
    Age: 62
    Gender: Man
    Taken for: High cholesterol
    Duration taken: Two years or more