Crestor is classified as a “statin” medication, which means that it lowers high cholesterol levels. It works by blocking the body’s cholesterol-producing enzymes, otherwise known as HMG CoA reductase enzymes. You will receive Crestor in pill form, and it should be taken according to your doctor’s instructions. It can also be found by its generic name, Rosuvastatin. A valid prescription is required if you want to take Crestor. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Conditions Treated by Crestor
Crestor is prescribed to treat high or unhealthy cholesterol levels, as these may lead to dangerous cardiovascular problems like heart attack or stroke. It does so by increasing stores of “good” HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol, while simultaneously decreasing “bad” LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol and triglycerides.
Triglycerides are a kind of fat. Rosuvastatin blocks the activity of a liver enzyme, HMG-CoA reductase. Because this enzyme is involved in LDL production, the blockage of HMG-CoA reductase will reduce the amount of cholesterol in the liver cells, which will prompt those cells to draw LDL from the blood, and that will lead to reduced cholesterol levels. The medication will also slow the accumulation of plaque on the arteries, and reduce triglyceride production in the blood.
Crestor is also prescribed to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in certain people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors. It may be prescribed for children aged 10 to 17 years who have inherited cholesterol disorders. You may also be instructed to make lifestyle changes like increasing physical activity and limiting foods with saturated fats.
Before You Take Crestor
Before you start taking Crestor or Rosuvastatin, you should inform your doctor of any kidney disease, diabetes, or thyroid problems that you have. You will also want to tell your doctor about your alcohol consumption habits, especially if you drink more than two alcoholic beverages a day, as well as if you are of Asian descent. People of Asian descent may absorb Crestor at a higher rate than other people.
Warnings for Crestor
To prevent negative interactions and reactions, it is important that you avoid alcoholic drinks and high-fat or high-cholesterol foods while taking Crestor. Certain medications should also be avoided, including blood thinners, anti-fungal drugs, and HIV or AIDS medications. Only take these if instructed by your doctor. Some antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb Crestor.
Crestor should not be taken if you are pregnant, as it may cause birth defects. You should stop taking Crestor and consult your physician immediately if you become pregnant while taking Crestor.
Possible Side Effects of Crestor
· Liver problems, usually involving stomach pain, dark urine, or jaundice
· Muscle pain or weakness
Let your doctor know immediately if you experience unusual tiredness combined with dark colored urine and unexplained muscle weakness, as these may signal possible kidney failure.
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