Crestor, which is the brand formulation of the drug Rosuvastatin, belongs to a group of drugs called statins.
When combined with exercise, proper diet and healthy weight, Crestor can be used in the treatment of high cholesterol and also utilized to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Crestor was ranked fourth among the highest selling drug in the United States in the year 2013.
When prescribed in higher doses, Crestor is found to be more effective in increasing the lipid level of patients with hypercholesterolemia than equivalent doses of atorvastatin and higher doses of simvastatin and pravastatin.
Crestor is used in the treatment of high cholesterol. The active ingredient Rosuvastatin, present in this pill belongs to a group of drugs called statins that are used to lower lipid level in blood. In specific, Rosuvastatin causes dyslipidemia which is the reduction of lipid level in the blood in the form of cholesterol or fat.
Crestor does not cure heart disease but when combined with a healthy diet and exercise it reduces possibilities of heart attack or stroke that are caused by high cholesterol levels.
Dosage and Administration
Crestor is available in many dosage strengths ranging from 5mg to 40mg. However, the dosage depends on the medical condition, age and medical history of the person taking Crestor.
Crestor can be taken with or without a meal but should be taken only once a day. An individual who is on treatment with this drug is not supposed to increase the dosage without consulting his physician.
Side effects usually happen when Crestor is not taken in the way it has been prescribed or when the medication is taken for a longer duration than prescribed. It is also possible for side effects to occur if fake or counterfeit drugs are taken. Common side effects that occur while taking Crestor are:
Rare but severe side effects like chest pain, loss of appetite, weakness and extreme tiredness if happen, should be treated by a physician immediately.
What drugs interact with Crestor?
Crestor is found to interact with some prescription and over-the-counter drugs and also with drugs that are taken for the treatment of high cholesterol like fenofibrate and niacin.
Anticoagulants and specific HIV protease inhibitors like lopinavir are also not supposed to be taken with Crestor.