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Crestor belongs to the drug category of “statins” and it the commonly used name for Rosuvastatin. This drug is prescribed by the doctors along with a total regimen of exercise and diet to reduce high cholesterol and also to treat cardiovascular diseases. It is marketed by Shionogi. “Bad cholesterol”, which is actually the concentration of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL and triglycerides, is reduced with the help of Crestor. On the other hand, it helps to increase the level of good cholesterol. Hence, in more ways than one, it acts to reduce the level of fat and is prescribed for those suffering from heart diseases and diabetes as well, and also for high blood pressure, along with a combination of other drugs.

 

What is the correct dosage of Crestor?

Since the dosage of Crestor varies according to the condition of the patient, it is available in tablets of 5, 10, 20 and 40 mg. For a usual patient with a fair amount of blood cholesterol, the doctor might prescribe 5 to 20 mg per day, once or twice a day. It should be taken with water and the same timings should be maintained each day. Crestor should not be stopped unless the doctor is sure about your cholesterol levels, so it is mandatory to go for the regular check ups that he prescribes. Only after the reports have come can be decide whether the dosage hs to be increased or not.

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Side Effects of Crestor

Crestor might have side effects in some patients and in certain cases it might be extreme if one is allergic to Rosuvastatin. It might be possible that the patient does not know himself if he is allergic or not so to be sure, it would be advisable to start with a very small dose. In other cases, there might be muscle spasms and that might cause renal failure. One might notice dark colored urine at this time. Problems in liver might also arise. Other than that, there might be slight nausea, abdominal pain; slight fever, headache etc and these usually pass away once the course is over. There might be joint pain and tiredness in the limbs as well, but these are not long term problems.

In what circumstances should Crestor be avoided?

Crestor should be avoided by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding because it might cause birth defects and even harm the fetus or the child. Alcohol should be avoided at all costs while on Crestor. Those who have or have had thyroid problems prior to this should also inform their doctors. It goes without saying that one should steer clear of fatty food that might increase blood cholesterol as then the medicine will hardly have any effect, leading to increase the dose and which might again increase the risks of side effects. If the patient feels immense discomfort like seizures, dehydration etc then the doctor should be informed and the medication stopped immediately, at least for a period of time.

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