Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium) is a statin drug, that works by slowing the production of cholesterol by the body, used to lower cholesterol and fats (triglycerides) in the blood and is used to reduce the chances of developing problems like heart disease and strokes that can be caused, in part, by high cholesterol levels. It is often recommended to use Crestor in conjunction with a diet low in fats and cholesterol, and exercise (about 30 min. per day). It is available in generic form. Its side effects of include:
muscle aches or pains,
sleep problems (insomnia or nightmares),
Infrequent but serious side effects of Crestor include rhabdomyolysis (muscle damage or destruction) that can lead to acute renal failure and liver damage.
It is available in tablets of 5, 10, 20 and 40 mg strengths. Usual dose ranges from 5 to 20 mg per day. Crestor should be taken with water once a day at the same time of day, with or without food. Dosage may be adjusted depending on what medicines the patient is already taking. Crestor may interact with birth control pills, cimetidine, blood thinners, spironolactone, niacin, or other “statin” medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. It should not be taken during pregnancy or during breastfeeding because of potential birth defects.
Our Crestor Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.