Generic Name: Rosuvastatin Tablets (roe soo va STAT in)
Brand Name: Crestor
Uses of Rosuvastatin Tablets:
- It is used to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol (HDL).
- It is used to lower triglycerides.
- It is used to slow the progress of heart disease.
- It is used in some people to lower the chance of heart attack, stroke, and certain heart procedures.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Rosuvastatin Tablets?
- If you have an allergy to rosuvastatin or any other part of this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what
signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Active liver disease or a rise in liver enzymes.
- If you are taking gemfibrozil.
- If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets) if you are pregnant.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets).
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check
to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of
any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Rosuvastatin Tablets?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- High blood sugar has happened with this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets). This includes diabetes that is new or worse. Talk with the doctor.
- Check your blood sugar as you have been told by your doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Do not take more than what your doctor told you to take. Taking more than you are told may raise your chance of very bad side effects.
- Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
- Avoid or limit drinking alcohol to less than 3 drinks a day. Drinking too much alcohol may raise your chance of liver disease.
- Take antacids that have aluminum or magnesium in them at least 2 hours after taking this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets).
- If you are taking warfarin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with
this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets).
- If you are of Asian descent, use this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets) with care. You could have more side effects.
- If you are 65 or older, use this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets) with care. You could have more side effects.
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking
this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets), call your doctor right away.
- Use birth control that you can trust to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets).
How is this medicine (Rosuvastatin Tablets) best taken?
Use this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets) at the same time of day.
- Keep taking this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Take with or without food.
- Swallow whole with some water or other drink.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or within 12 hours of each other.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your
doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing;
tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue,
- Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or
breath that smells like fruit.
- Blood in the urine.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- This medicine may cause muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness. Sometimes, a very bad muscle problem may happen that may lead to kidney problems.
Rarely, deaths have happened in people who get these problems when taking drugs like this one. Call your doctor right away if you have muscle
pain, tenderness, or weakness that is not normal (with or without fever or feeling out of sorts). Call your doctor right away if you have
muscle signs that last after your doctor has told you to stop taking this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets).
- Liver problems have happened with drugs like this one. Sometimes, this has been deadly. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of
liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or
What are some other side effects of Rosuvastatin Tablets?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical
help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Belly pain.
- Upset stomach.
- Joint pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical
advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was
taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Rosuvastatin Tablets?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your
pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (rosuvastatin tablets), please talk
with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was
taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/3/2022.
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