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) 110 62
Hyperlipidemia 26 18
General health 11 4
Support heart health 10 0
Increased lipids in blood (hyperlipidemia) 7 7

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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
Severe
16
Moderate
15
Mild
15
None
143

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Rosuvastatin

Side effect Patients
Muscle and joint pain 8
Muscle pain 6
Pain in legs 3
Forgetfulness 2
Joint pain 2
Muscle cramps 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Rosuvastatin

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 40
20 mg daily 24
5 mg daily 15
40 mg daily 14
5 mg every other day 1
20 mg weekly 1
20 mg every other day 1
10 mg twice daily 1
40 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Rosuvastatin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 29
Doctor's advice 18
Expense 18
Other 15
Change in health plan coverage 10
Did not seem to work 8
Personal research 5
Course of treatment ended 3
See all 84 patients who've stopped taking Rosuvastatin

Duration

Currently taking Rosuvastatin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 24
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Rosuvastatin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 148
Usually 23
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 16
Not at all hard to take 151
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 3
$25-49 28
< $25 72
Not specified 78

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Rosuvastatin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 33
Simvastatin (Zocor) 8
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 5
Atenolol (Tenormin) 1
ezetimibe (Zetia) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Rosuvastatin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 13
ezetimibe (Zetia) 1
Gemfibrozil (Lopid) 1
Pravastatin (Pravachol) 1
Simvastatin (Zocor) 1

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14 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

Apr 18, 2015 (Started Sep 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Generic Atorvastatin
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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