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 it in pill form, and it should be taken orally. 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 your stores of “good” HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol, while simultaneously decreasing your “bad” LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
You may also be instructed to make lifestyle changes like increasing physical activity and limiting foods with saturated fats.
Warnings for Crestor
Before starting Crestor, 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. In addition, be sure to 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.
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.
Possible Side Effects of Crestor
· Liver problems, usually involving stomach pain, dark urine, or yellowing of the skin
· Muscle pain or weakness
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