What is this medication?
Antilipemic Agent, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor
Rosuvastatin/Crestor is indicated for various dyslipidemia, prevention of cardiovascular disease, reduce risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (may also be used for conditions not listed)
How does this medication work?
HMG-CoA Reductase is the rate limiting enzyme in cholesterol production. Inhibiting this enzyme results in increased LDL cholesterol catabolism (breakdown) in liver cells (where most cholesterol is produced). HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors such as Rosuvastatin/Crestor also stabilize blood vessels and reduces inflammation at the site of coronary plaques and inhibits clot formation at these sites which are normally the cause of myocardial infarctions (heart attacks).
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 5mg-40mg once daily
How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, swallow whole, take consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed, store at room temperature
You Need to Avoid: The natural supplement “red yeast rice” has similar activity as this medication and can increase risk of adverse events
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Rosuvastatin/Crestor make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you have kidney disease, liver disease, are a heavy user of alcohol, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Myalgia (muscle pain), headache, weakness
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones
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