What is rosuvastatin?
Rosuvastatin is a cholesterol-lowering medication that blocks the production of cholesterol (a type of fat) in the body. It works by reducing levels of "bad” cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).
Rosuvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol. Lowering your cholesterol can help prevent heart disease and hardening of the arteries, conditions that can lead to heart attack, stroke, and vascular disease.
Rosuvastatin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to rosuvastatin, if you have liver disease, or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication. Before taking rosuvastatin, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease;
- underactive thyroid;
- a muscle disorder;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low potassium levels in your blood);
- a severe infection or illness; or
- if you have had a very recent surgery or medical emergency.
People of Asian descent may absorb rosuvastatin at a higher rate than other people. Make sure your doctor knows if you are Asian. You may need a lower than normal starting dose.
FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can cause birth defects. Do not use rosuvastatin if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication.
Rosuvastatin may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not breast-feed while you are taking rosuvastatin.
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Rosuvastatin will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medication. Alcohol can increase triglyceride levels, and may also damage your liver while you are taking rosuvastatin.
Avoid using antacids without your doctor’s advice. Use only the specific type of antacid your doctor recommends, and do not take it within 2 hours after taking rosuvastatin. Antacids contain different medicines and some types can make it harder for your body to absorb rosuvastatin.
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Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
The symptoms of a rosuvastatin overdose are not known.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking rosuvastatin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness with fever or flu symptoms and dark colored urine;
- urinating more or less than usual, or not at all;
- nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- chest pain; or
- swelling in your hands or feet.
Less serious side effects may include:
- weakness, dizziness;
- mild nausea, constipation, diarrhea;
- sore throat, runny or stuffy nose;
- memory loss;
- headache; or
- pain or burning when you urinate.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Before taking rosuvastatin, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Gengraf, Neoral);
- ketoconazole (Nizoral);
- lopinavir and ritonavir (Kaletra);
- niacin (Nicolar, Nicobid, Nicotinex, others);
- spironolactone (Aldactazide, Aldactone);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); or
- other cholesterol-lowering medications, such as clofibrate (Atromid-S), fenofibrate (Tricor), or gemfibrozil (Lopid).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with rosuvastatin. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Crestor and rosuvastatin
Available Strengths & Dosages
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