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) 132 66
Hyperlipidemia 32 21
General health 11 4
Support heart health 10 0
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 7 8

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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 160

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 28
20 mg daily 19
40 mg daily 9
5 mg daily 7
5 mg m,w,f 1
5 mg every other day 1
40 mg m,w,f 1

Why patients stopped taking Rosuvastatin

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 30
Expense 18
Doctor's advice 17
Other 15
Change in health plan coverage 10
Did not seem to work 8
Personal research 5
Course of treatment ended 3
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Duration

Currently taking Rosuvastatin

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 17

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 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 171
Usually 23
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 171
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 4
$50-99 3
$25-49 30
< $25 84
Not specified 85

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rosuvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 39
Simvastatin (Zocor) 11
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 4
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1
ezetimibe (Zetia) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Rosuvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 13
Alirocumab (Praluent) 1
Apixaban (Eliquis) 1
ezetimibe (Zetia) 1
Gemfibrozil (Lopid) 1

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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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