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Crestor

Generic Name: rosuvastatin (Oral route)

roe-soo-va-STAT-in

Commonly used brand name(s):

In the U.S.

  • Crestor

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Tablet

Therapeutic Class: Antihyperlipidemic

Pharmacologic Class: HMG-COA Reductase Inhibitor

Uses For Crestor

Rosuvastatin is used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in the blood. This medicine may help prevent or slow down medical problems, like atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), that are caused by fats clogging the blood vessels.

Rosuvastatin belongs to a group of medicines called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors or "statins." It works by blocking an enzyme that is needed by the body to make cholesterol, so this reduces the amount of cholesterol in the blood.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription. .

Before Using Crestor

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of rosuvastatin in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of rosuvastatin in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related heart or muscle problems, which may require caution in patients receiving rosuvastatin.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy CategoryExplanation
All TrimestersXStudies in animals or pregnant women have demonstrated positive evidence of fetal abnormalities. This drug should not be used in women who are or may become pregnant because the risk clearly outweighs any possible benefit.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with Medicines

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Atazanavir
  • Cyclosporine
  • Fenofibrate
  • Fosamprenavir
  • Gemfibrozil
  • Indinavir
  • Lopinavir
  • Niacin

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Acenocoumarol
  • Amiodarone
  • Desogestrel
  • Dicumarol
  • Eltrombopag
  • Ethinyl Estradiol
  • Ethynodiol
  • Etonogestrel
  • Fluconazole
  • Itraconazole
  • Levonorgestrel
  • Mestranol
  • Norelgestromin
  • Norethindrone
  • Norgestimate
  • Norgestrel
  • Oat Bran
  • Pectin
  • Phenprocoumon
  • Warfarin

Interactions with Food/Tobacco/Alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Alcohol abuse, or history of or
  • Kidney disease or
  • Liver disease, history of or
  • Thyroid disease, underactive—May cause side effects to become worse.
  • Blood in the urine or
  • Muscle pain or weakness, history of or
  • Protein in the urine—May make these conditions worse.
  • Chinese or Japanese ancestry—May increase the amount of rosuvastatin in the body.
  • Convulsions (seizures), uncontrolled or
  • Electrolyte deficiency or disorder or
  • Infection, severe or
  • Low blood pressure or
  • Major surgery, recent or
  • Major trauma, recent or
  • Metabolic enzyme deficiency or disorder—Patients with these conditions may be at risk for muscle problems.
  • Liver disease, active—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.

Proper Use of Crestor

Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less of it, and do not use it more often or for a longer time than your doctor ordered. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day.

This medicine comes with a patient information insert. Read and follow the instructions in the insert carefully. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.

Remember that this medicine will not cure your cholesterol problem, but it does help control it. You must continue to take it as directed if you expect to keep your cholesterol levels down.

Before prescribing medicine for your cholesterol problem, your doctor will probably try to control it by changing your diet. Such a diet may be low in fats, sugars, or cholesterol. Many people are able to control their cholesterol levels by carefully following a special diet and by adding exercise to their daily routine. Medicine is prescribed only when additional help is needed, and is effective only when used together with a modified diet and exercise.

Rosuvastatin may be taken with or without food.

Swallow the tablets whole. Do not break, crush, or chew it.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For high cholesterol and atherosclerosis:
      • Adults—5 to 40 milligrams (mg) once a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions While Using Crestor

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly to lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to decide if you should continue to take it. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

Check with your doctor immediately if you think that you may be pregnant. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors may cause birth defects or other problems in the baby if taken during pregnancy. Do not breastfeed while you are using this medicine.

Before having any kind of surgery (including dental surgery) or emergency treatment, tell the medical doctor or dentist in charge that you are taking this medicine.

Do not use excessive amounts of alcohol while taking rosuvastatin. This could cause side effects on the liver.

Stop taking this medicine and check with your doctor immediately if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have unusual tiredness or a fever. These could be symptoms of a serious muscle problem.

Crestor Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Rare
  • Dark-colored urine
  • fever
  • muscle cramps or spasms
  • muscle pain, stiffness, tenderness, wasting, or weakness
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • clay-colored stools
  • skin rash
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • vomiting of blood
  • yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common
  • Body aches or pain
  • congestion
  • cough
  • dry or sore throat
  • headache
  • hoarseness
  • runny nose
  • tender, swollen glands in the neck
  • trouble with swallowing
  • voice changes
Less common
  • Accidental injury
  • accumulation of pus, swollen, red, or tender area of infection near a tooth
  • acid or sour stomach
  • arm, back, or jaw pain
  • arthritis
  • back pain
  • belching
  • bladder pain
  • bloated
  • bloody or cloudy urine
  • blurred vision
  • bruising
  • burning feeling in the chest or stomach
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • chills
  • constipation
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)
  • difficulty with moving
  • discouragement
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
  • excessive muscle tone
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • fear
  • feeling faint
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • feeling of warmth or heat
  • feeling sad or empty
  • flatulence
  • flushed, dry skin
  • flushing or redness of skin especially on the face and neck
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • full feeling
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • heartburn
  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • indigestion
  • infection
  • irritability
  • itching skin
  • joint pain
  • lack of appetite
  • lack or loss of strength
  • large, flat, blue, or purplish patches in the skin
  • lightheadedness
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of consciousness
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle tension or tightness
  • nausea
  • neck pain
  • nerve pain
  • nervousness
  • noisy breathing
  • pain
  • pain or swelling in the arms or legs without any injury
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale skin
  • passing gas
  • pounding in the ears
  • sensation of spinning
  • shivering
  • shortness of breath
  • sleeplessness
  • slow heartbeat
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • stomach pain, discomfort, tenderness, or upset
  • stuffy nose
  • sweating
  • swelling of the hands, ankles, feet, or lower legs
  • trouble with concentrating
  • trouble with sleeping
  • troubled breathing
  • unable to sleep
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • vomiting
  • wheezing

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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  • Crestor Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Crestor Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
  • Crestor MedFacts Consumer Leaflet (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Crestor Consumer Overview

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