Crestor reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol. Crestor helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Crestor is often prescribed alongside exercise and diet to help prevent heart complications, especially if you have diabetes or heart disease.
Crestor may also be prescribed for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before you take Crestor...
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant.
Before taking Crestor, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, diabetes, a thyroid disorder, or if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
Tell your doctor if you are of Chinese descent. People who are of Chinese descent may react to Crestor differently than others.
Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Crestor will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.
Dosages of Crestor varies by patient. Use Crestor exactly as prescribed by your doctor and/or the directions on your prescription label.
If you miss a dose of Crestor, take the dose as soon as you remember. If you are more than 12 hours late, skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you suspect you may have overdosed on Crestor, or are having an allergic reaction the medication, seek medical attention immediately.
Common side effects may include:
-liver symptoms (stomach pain, dark urine, jaundice)
-unusual weakness or tired feeling
-headache, muscle aches
-nausea, upset stomach
Serious side effects include:
-confusion, memory problems
-liver problems (nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, tired feeling, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice)
-signs of a kidney problem (little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath)
This is not a complete list of all side effects. If you experience serious side effects, contact a doctor or your nearest hospital immediately.
There are drugs that interact with Crestor. You should tell your doctor about all of the medications you use, including prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products, and over the counter medications. You should always tell your doctor before you start taking new medication.