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Crestor 20 mg
Crestor (pronounced as CREST-tor)
Rosuvastatin (pronounced as row-SUE-vah-stat-tin)
About Crestor 20 mg
What is Crestor used for?
Crestor, which contains the active ingredient rosuvastatin, belongs to a class of medication called “statins”, or HMG-Co-A reductase inhibitors, which are used to help lower cholesterol and other fats in the blood to decrease the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
What is Crestor's Mechanism of Action?
Crestor lowers cholesterol via 2 major pathways. Firstly, Crestor is a competitive inhibitor of the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. HMG-CoA reductase is an enzyme that catalyses a crucial step of cholesterol biosynthesis. Secondly, Crestor increases of cholesterol already in the blood by the liver and increases cholesterol breakdown. By doing so, Crestor decreases LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL cholesterol
When should I take Crestor?
Doses for Crestor usually start at 10mg once daily (but your doctor may ask you to start at a different dose). During your follow up and lab test, your doctor may adjust your dose up to a maximum dose of 40mg daily.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember but do not double dose if it’s almost time for your next dose.
Does Crestor cause weight gain?
There’s recent evidence to suggest that patients who take statins gradually consume more food over time which leads to increases in weight, blood sugar levels, and risk of diabetes. Some doctors believe that statins provide “false assurance” that medication can compensate for poor life style choices. Another theory is that statins may cause muscle pain/weakness which make patients less physically active. Currently, experts believe that the benefits of taking cholesterol lowering medication, such as Crestor, outweigh the potential risks.
Common side effects of Crestor
Common side effects of Crestor include muscle/joint pains, headache, constipation, nausea, stomach pain and constipation/diarrhea. A serious, but rare side effect to monitor for is rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis occurs due to muscle fiber death and can cause serious kidney and liver damage. Signs and symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include fatigue, bruising, soreness, low urine output or dark urine.
Can I take Crestor with food?
You can take Crestor with or without food. If you experience nausea with the medication, then taking it with a small snack or meal may help.
Should I avoid alcohol when taking Crestor?
Alcohol doesn’t directly interact with statin medication but please limit your alcohol consumption. Drinking too much alcohol while using statins may increase your risk of liver disease.
Drugs to avoid when taking Crestor
Crestor has hundreds of drug interactions so please check with your health care provider individually to assess all of your medication. As a brief summary, the following are a list of medication that you should avoid or speak with your doctor about: atazanavir, simeprevir, lopinavir, ritonavir, sofosbuvir, teriflunomide, gemfibrozil, parritaprevir, ombitasvir, stiripentol, tedzolid, talazoparib, digoxin, cyclosporin, clarithromycin, magnesium hydroxide, colchicine, vitamin K antagonist anticoagulants.
How to buy Crestor from Canada
Since generic rosuvastatin is available in USA, many USA patients find that they must spend hours arguing and pleading with their insurance companies to unsuccessfully apply for brand Crestor coverage. An alternative to this option is to go to Canada for a safe and affordable source of Crestor. For years, Canada Cloud Pharmacy has been helping patients source their brand name Crestor.
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Can I eat grapefruit while taking Crestor?
Crestor is one of the statins that is safe to take while eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. The cholesterol medications that cannot be taken with grapefruit products are lovastatin, simvastatin, and atorvastatin.
(Crestor Vs Lipitor) Lipitor (atorvastatin) is frequently the first cholesterol drug that patients try because it is one of the most potent statin drugs. Lipitor cannot be used while eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. (Crestor vs Mevacor) Mevacor (lovastatin) is not as strong as other statin drugs and generally not used for patients with very high cholesterol levels. (Crestor vs Zocor) Zocor (simvastatin) is available in combination with other ingredients and is a popular choice if a patient is looking to simplify their medication regime. Simvastatin has more interactions than other statins and cannot be used while eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice. (Crestor vs Pravacol) Pravacol (pravastatin) has fewer drug interactions than other statins and is less likely to cause kidney and liver damage.
Will I develop muscle pain while taking Crestor?
There’s evidence to suggest that muscle pain related to statin use may be dose related. One study showed that over 10% of patients who were taking high dose statins developed muscle pain in approximately 1 month. Certain statins are also more likely to cause muscle pain. Lipitor (atorvastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin) are shown to be more likely to cause muscle pain than Pravachol (pravastatin). If you experience muscle pain while taking Crestor, your doctor may chose to decrease your dose, opt for alternate-day dosing, or change to a different statin to control your cholesterol.
How long does Crestor last in my body?
The elimination half-life of Crestor is approximately 19 hours.
Crestor legal troubles
Since it’s approval in 2003, AstraZeneca, the makers of Crestor, have been involved in numerous lawsuits. In 2010, AstraZeneca settled an allegation that it falsely advertised that Crestor treats atherosclerosis. A 2012 lawsuit claims that Astrazeneca failed to give their consumers thorough warning of the drugs dangers. As of 2018, all of the lawsuits have been settled, withdrawn, or dismissed.
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