Rosuvastatin is the generic formulation of Crestor and belongs to a class of drugs called statins (drugs that can lower cholesterol). Being developed by Shionogi, the brand formulation of this drug became the fourth highest selling drugs in the US in the year 2013.
Rosuvastatin works similar to other statins, by lowering the cholesterol levels in blood thus preventing heart attack and strokes. It is found that statins reduces the risk of strokes or attack and even mortality from heart disease by 25%. Rosuvastatin is approved by FDA for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The medication is competent of increasing the level of high density lipoproteins, which are the needed cholesterol in the body.
Rosuvastatin is effective in the treatment of high cholesterol and its related medical conditions and it is also utilized to prevent cardiovascular disease when it is accompanied with exercise, specific dietary regimen and weight reduction plan.
Rosuvastatin is supposed to be used only when a person has not noticed any difference in cholesterol levels by practicing exercises, maintaining a hygienic diet and a healthy weight.
The dosage of Rosuvastatin depends on the age, medical condition, tolerance of the person to the medicine and other medications that are taken by the person while he is on treatment with this drug. The typical dose of this prescription medication ranges from 5mg to 40mg.
Rosuvastatin can be taken with or without food orally once a day. People who are prescribed with antacids are advised to take them 2 hours prior to taking this medication as the ingredients present in antacids may hinder the efficacy of Rosuvastatin.
Some of the common side effects arising out of the use of Rosuvastatin are abdominal pain, muscle pain, loss of memory, high sugar levels, insomnia and depression. Below are the side effects that are serious but occur in people only on a rare basis
Interactions with other drugs
There are many drugs that interact with the functioning of Rosuvastatin. Some of them are anticoagulants like warfarin and cimetidine, other cholesterol medications like niacin and HIV protease inhibitors when taken with ritonavir. Also an individual who is on treatment with Rosuvastatin is advised to reduce the alcohol intake level in order to minimize the risk of liver damage.