Rosuvastatin Calcium Tablets (Generic Crestor)
What is Rosuvastatin?
Rosuvastatin is a reductase inhibitor which belong to a group of drugs called 'statins.' They reduce the levels of 'bad’ cholesterol (LDL-better known as highly-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides in our blood. At the same time, they increase the levels of good’ cholesterol (HDL-better known as high-density lipoprotein).
Rosuvastatin is used by anyone that is at least 8 years old. Its work is to lower triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood. It also slows down the build-up of fatty deposits (plaque) in blood vessels. Other Rosuvastatin calcimum uses are to lower the risk of cardiac arrest and other heart complications in people with certain type of diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease as well as other risk factors.
It also treats some forms of high cholesterol which are hereditary. They include those inherited from both parents, (the homozygous type) and that inherited from one parent (the heterozygous type.) Children who are at least 8 years old can use the heterozygous type while children who are at least 7 years old can use the homozygous type.
This drug may use be used for other purposes not listed here.
- Never use Rosuvastatin if you are expectant. It can cause birth defects as well as harm the baby
- Never take this medication if you are breastfeeding, it may end up in the milk and harm your infant child.
- Never take this medication if you have liver complications or liver disease.
- Never take this medication if you are allergic to it.
If you were under this medication and find out that you are pregnant, cease taking the medication at once and let your doctor know about your condition. Use effective birth control methods to prevent pregnancy while under this medication.
To ensure that you are fit to take Rosuvastatin, reveal to your doctor if you have ever had:
a) Kidney disease
c) Liver disease
d) A thyroid disorder
e) If you have Asian roots
f) If you are 65 years of age or older
g) If you consume more than 2 alcohol drinks daily
Rosuvastatin can cause skeletal muscle tissue breakdown which can lead to kidney failure. Older adults, people with underactive thyroid (poorly controlled hypothyroidism) and people who suffer from kidney disease are at more risk to this condition.
People with Asian roots may absorb Rosuvastatin rapidly or at a higher rate compared to other people. If you have Asian roots, reveal this to your doctor. You may require a slightly lower starting dose.
How is Rosuvastatin taken?
Follow the instructions on your prescription label. Your physician may change your Rosuvastatin Calcium dosage occasionally. Never take this medication for a longer period than the recommended or in smaller or larger amounts.
Rosuvastatin is taken once every day. Take this medication at the same time daily, with or without food.
You may require frequent blood tests when using Rosuvastatin.
Use the medicine as directed even if you feel better. Normally, high cholesterol has no symptoms. You may be required to take this medication on a long-term basis.
You might need to cease using this medication for a while if you have:
- Severely low blood pressure
- A severe illness or infection
- Uncontrolled seizures
- Electrolyte imbalance (like low or high blood potassium levels)
- A medical emergency or surgery
Never stop using this medication unless your physician tells you to do so.
Rosuvastatin is a treatment program part which may also include exercise, diet and weight control.
Keep away from heat, light, and moisture. Store at a room temperature.,in a cool dry place.
What if I miss a Rosuvastatin Calcium generic dose?
As soon as you remember that you have missed a dose, take the missed dose. Skip the missed dose if you are more than 12 hours late. Never take extra medicine to make up for the skipped dose.
What if I overdose?
Contact the Poison Helpline (1-800-222-1222) or seek immediate medical attention.
While taking Rosuvastatin, what should I avoid?
Avoid alcoholic drinks. They tend to raise triglyceride levels. They also tend to increase the risk of liver damage.
Never take antacids without consulting your doctor. Only use antacid recommended by your physician; never take the recommended antacid within 2 hours of taking Rosuvastatin. Some antacid makes the absorption of Rosuvastatin difficult.
Avoid foods which are high in cholesterol or fats. Rosuvastatin won’t be as effective in its function of lowering cholesterol levels if you don’t stick to cholesterol-lowering diet plans.
Rosuvastatin Calcium side effects
Seek immediate medical attention if you notice allergic reactions, experience difficulty in breathing, hives or if your throat, face, tongue or lips swell.
If you experience tenderness, unexplained muscle pains, unusual fatigue and general body weakness or if you notice that your urine is suddenly dark in color, contact your physician immediately. This may be signs of kidney failure or skeletal muscle breakdown which may result by taking this medication.
Also, immediately seek your physician’s attention if you have:
- Memory problems, confusion
- Liver problems- upper stomach pain, nausea, itching, loss of appetite, tired feeling, jaundice( yellowing of the eyes or skin), clay-colored stools, dark urine
Symptoms of kidney problems—difficult or painful urination, not urinating at all or little urination, swelling in your ankles or feet, short of breath or feeling tired.
Common side effects include:
- General tiredness or unusual weakness
- Liver symptoms (jaundice, dark urine, stomach pain)
- Muscle aches, headaches or
- Upset stomach, nausea
Other side effects can occur; this isn’t a complete list of the side effects. Consult your physician for medical advice.
More details of experienced side effects.
Rosuvastatin commonly reported side effects include asthenia and myalgia.
For the Consumer
Rosuvastatin is an oral tablet.
Along with its effects, this medication may result in unwanted side effects. Though all of these side effects may not occur, seek medical attention if they do occur.
Rare side effects.
- Dark-colored skin
- Spasms or muscle cramps
- Weakness or unusual tiredness
- Stiffness, tenderness, muscle pain or wasting
Incidence not known.
- Stomach or abdominal pain
- Skin rash
- Clay-colored stool
- Vomiting of blood
- Yellow skin or eyes
- Unpleasant breath
Some of Rosuvastatin’s side effects which may occur don’t need medical attention. The side effects will go away as your body gets used to the medicine. Your physician may tell you how to reduce or prevent these side effects. If you have questions or the following side effects persist, consult with a healthcare expert.
More common side effects
- Pain or body aches
- Sore or dry throat
- Difficulty in moving
- Running nose
- Trouble swallowing
- Tender or swollen glands in or around the neck
- Voice changes
Less common side effects
- Bladder pain
- Blurred vision
- Burning feeling in the stomach or chest
- Accidental injury
- Red, swollen, accumulation of pus or tender infection near teeth/tooth
- Bloating or feeling full
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Itching, crawling, prickling, burning or tingling feelings
- Chest pains and discomfort
- Chest tightness and chest heaviness
- Excessive muscle tone
- Burning, painful or difficult urination
- Feeling faint
- Irregular or fast pounding of the heartbeat
- Redness of the skin, more so on the neck and the face
- Lack of appetite
- Loss of strength
- Increased thirst
- Fruit-like breath odor
- Feeling empty and sad
- Nerve pain
- Neck pain
- Loss of interests or pleasure
- Tightness or muscle tension
- Pale skin
- Passing gas
- Spinning sensation
- Pounding in the ears
- Swelling or pain in the legs or arms without any injury
- Tenderness or pain around the cheekbones and eyes
- Trouble sleeping
- Stuffy nose
- Stomach upset, pain or discomfort
- Unusual bleeding
- Trouble concentrating
- Swelling of the ankles, feet, hands or lower legs
Which other drugs can affect Rosuvastatin?
Using other certain drugs along with Rosuvastatin can increase the risk of muscle problems. It is crucial to reveal to your physician about drugs that you are using alongside those which you stopped or started using when you started your treatment with Rosuvastatin, more so:
- Any other 'statin’ medication like: Simvastatin, Lovastatin, Atorvastatin, Pravachol, Lipitor, Vytorin, Zocor, and others
- Anti-fungal medicine like: Itraconazole, Fluconazole, Ketoconazole
- Antiviral medicine which treats Hepatitis C or HIV like: Atazanavir, Lopinavir, Fosamprenavir, Simeprevir, Tipranavir, Ritonavir, and others
- Other cholesterol medications like: Gemfibrozil, Fenofibrate or other kinds of medicine which contain nicotinic acid or niacin- Advicor, Vitamin B3, Niacor, Slo-Niacin, Simcor, and others
This isn’t a complete list. Not all interactions are listed here, other drugs may also interact with Rosuvastatin.
Always keep this medicine away from children’s reach.
Do not share your medicine.
Use the medicine for the prescribed indication.
Always consult with your doctor to make sure the information provided here applies to your specific circumstances.