What is Crestor?Crestor is in a class of drugs called "statins," which are used to lower cholesterol levels when a low-fat diet has failed to work. Crestor can help lower "bad" cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglycerides, and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL-C).
What is the most important information I should know about Crestor?Taking Crestor may increase your risk of developing severe muscle pain and kidney failure. Call your doctor if you notice any muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness while taking Crestor, especially if these symptoms are accompanied by general discomfort, illness, or fever.
Because of the risk of developing liver disease, your doctor may want to monitor the health of your liver before and 12 weeks after you start taking Crestor.
Some people have experienced allergic reactions while taking Crestor, including rash, itchiness, hives, and swelling underneath the skin. Tell your doctor if you develop an allergic reaction before continuing to take this medication.
Who should not take Crestor?Do not take Crestor if you have liver disease, are pregnant or could become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or if you are allergic to Crestor or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Crestor?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Crestor. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have more than 2 alcoholic drinks daily, if you have kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid problems, a history of muscle pain or weakness, or if you are of Asian descent.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults >17 years: The usual starting dose is 10-20 milligrams (mg) once a day. However, your doctor may start you on 5 mg once daily if you have severe kidney problems, are taking certain HIV drugs or cyclosporine, or if you are of Asian descent. Depending on your response to Crestor and your cholesterol level goals, your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage for you.
How should I take Crestor?Take Crestor once a day with or without food. Swallow each tablet whole with a glass of water. If you need to take an antacid that contains aluminum and magnesium, be sure to take it at least 2 hours after you take Crestor.
What should I avoid while taking Crestor?Avoid becoming pregnant while taking Crestor. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking Crestor.
Avoid excessive alcohol use while taking Crestor, as it may increase your risk for developing liver problems.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Crestor?If you take Crestor with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Crestor with any of the following: antacids, cholesterol-lowering drugs such as clofibrate or fenofibrate, cimetidine, cyclosporine, gemfibrozil, ketoconazole, niacin, birth control pills, spironolactone, or warfarin.
What are the possible side effects of Crestor?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, headache, indigestion, nausea, sore throat
Can I receive Crestor if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Crestor should never be used during pregnancy. If you do become pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. Do not take Crestor while you are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Crestor?If you miss a dose of Crestor, take it as soon as you remember. However, do not take two doses of Crestor within 12 hours of each other.
How should I store Crestor?Store at room temperature and protect from moisture.
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