What is Rosuvastatin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Crestor

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Rosuvastatin is an antilipemic agent, also known as a statin drug. It is used with dietary therapy for hyperlipidemias to reduce elevations in total cholesterol.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 306 68
Hyperlipidemia 68 22
Chronic kidney disease 20 1
General health 12 4
Support heart health 10 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 16
Moderate 16
Mild 17
None 168

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rosuvastatin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Muscle and joint pain 8
Muscle pain 6
Joint pain 3
Muscle cramps 3
Forgetfulness 2
Nausea 2

Show all 42 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rosuvastatin

Dosage Patients Percentage
10 mg daily 26
20 mg daily 12
40 mg daily 10
5 mg daily 7
5 mg m,w,f 1
30 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Rosuvastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 32
Doctor's advice 18
Expense 18
Other 16
Change in health plan coverage 10
Did not seem to work 8
Personal research 6
Course of treatment ended 4
See all 91 patients who've stopped taking Rosuvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Rosuvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Rosuvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 177
Usually 24
Sometimes 7
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 178
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 3
$25-49 30
< $25 89
Not specified 88

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rosuvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 41
Simvastatin (Zocor) 12
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 5
Atenolol (Atenol) 1
ezetimibe (Zetia) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Rosuvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 20
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 3
ezetimibe (Zetia) 2
Simvastatin (Zocor) 2
Alirocumab (Praluent) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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13 patient evaluations for Rosuvastatin

Feb 23, 2017 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: For me it works better as once in two days dose of 10 mgs
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 28, 2015 (Started Jul 22, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 24, 2013 (Started May 24, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Insurance insisted on change to IC Atorvastatin
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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