Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) Side Effects
Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) is a prescription medication used along with diet and exercise to lower high cholesterol. It belongs to a group of medications called statins. Statins are widely accepted by the medical community to help those who cannot lower their cholesterol enough with diet and exercise alone. Statins offer proven benefits when prescribing guidelines are followed. For many people, the benefits of the medication outweigh the risks of developing a side effect.
Crestor© Rosuvastatin Side Effects include:
- joint pain
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
Call your doctor if any of the above symptoms are severe or won’t go away.
Some more serious & uncommon side effects include:
- muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
- chest pain
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- flu-like symptoms
- sore throat, chills, other signs of infection
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat, eyes, lower legs, feet, ankles, hands
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
- numbness or tingling in toes or fingers
- pain in the upper right part of the abdomen
- extreme tiredness
- lack of energy
- loss of appetite
Immediately call your doctor if you experience any of serious Rosuvastatin side effects.
Your doctor determined that Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) is right for you
Your doctor has given you Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) because he or she believes that it is the right therapy for you. But Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) is not right for everyone.
Who should not take Rosuvastatin (Crestor®)?
- People who currently have liver disease or liver problems
- Women who are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding — if you become pregnant while taking Rosuvastatin (Crestor®), stop taking the medicine and call your doctor right away
- People who are allergic to Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) or any component of this product
Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) may interact with other medicines
In clinical trials, the safety profile of Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) was found to be in line with that of other similar statins currently on the market. As with some other statin medicines studied that lower cholesterol, there is a chance of having a drug interaction while taking Rosuvastatin (Crestor®). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about all of the medications you are taking. As with other statin medicines, a drug interaction may occur if you are also taking:
- Cyclosporine (Sandimmune ® , Neoral ® ), a medicine with multiple uses, including use after organ transplants or for rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis
- Warfarin (Coumadin ® ), a blood thinner
- Gemfibrozil (Lopid ® ), clofibrate (Atromid-S ® ), fenofibrate (Tricor ® ), and niacin (Niaspan ® , Niacor ® ), which are other medicines that lower cholesterol
While you are taking Rosuvastatin (Crestor®), do not start taking any of these medicines without checking with your doctor first. If you do not know whether you are taking any of these medicines, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Crestor ® (rosuvastatin calcium) has been extensively studied and widely used
In clinical trials (studies that examine the safety and effectiveness of medications), medical researchers carefully examined Crestor. Their findings led to:
- The approval of Crestor by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2003 after a thorough examination of Crestor safety and efficacy data from clinical trials involving more than 10,000 patients
- The approval of Crestor for use in patients in more than 75 countries
- More than 39 million prescriptions for Crestor being written by doctors worldwide
Crestor is well-tolerated
Clinical trials involving Crestor have demonstrated that the safety profile of Crestor is similar to that of the other statins studied.
- In clinical trials, the percentage of patients using Crestor who stopped therapy due to side effects was similar to the percentage of those taking placebo (sugar pill)
- In clinical trials, reactions to Crestor were usually mild and tended to go away. The most common reactions related to Crestor were myalgia (muscle aches), constipation, asthenia (weakness, or lack of energy), abdominal pain, and nausea
- As with all statin drugs, if you develop any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness at any time during treatment with Crestor (especially if you also have a fever or feel ill), tell your doctor right away
Common Questions on Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium)
Q: There has been a lot of media attention about statins — should I stop taking Rosuvastatin (Crestor®)?
A: No, do not discontinue medications without consulting your doctor. Your doctor knows your situation best. Your doctor is fully informed about the benefits and risks of using statins and made an informed decision when he or she chose Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) to lower your cholesterol.
Q: Why should I continue to take Rosuvastatin (Crestor®)?
A: Your doctor has prescribed Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) to help you manage cholesterol. High cholesterol cannot be cured — but, for many, it can be managed successfully. Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) together with a healthy diet and regular exercise can be a highly effective combination in cholesterol management. Remember, if you get good results with Rosuvastatin (Crestor®), and you stop taking it, your cholesterol will likely go back up. To get the most benefit from Rosuvastatin (Crestor®), you should take it every day, exactly as your physician has prescribed — even after any improvement in your cholesterol levels.
Q: Is Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) proven safe and effective?
A: Data from clinical trials with Crestor and reports from actual patient experience confirm that Crestor has a safety profile that is in line with those of other currently marketed statins.
Crestor has been approved and is available for use in more than 75 countries and has been prescribed more than 39 million times worldwide. You should also know that more than 45,000 patients have taken Crestor in clinical trials, including patients on continuous therapy for nearly 4 years. In fact, more patients were studied for the approval of Crestor than were studied for any other statin’s approval.
At the 10 mg dose, Crestor can cut bad cholesterol by up to 52% (versus 7% with placebo) and increase good cholesterol by up to 14% (versus 3% with placebo). Your results may vary.
Q: Where can I get my questions about Rosuvastatin (Crestor®) answered?
A: Talking to your doctor is the best practice to get your questions answered regarding medications or any other health related issues.
Any type of self medication MUST be avoided and doses should be taken ONLY as and when prescribed by the doctor.
If you’d like to report serious rosuvastatin side effects, you or your doctor can send a report to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch or call 1 (800) 332-1088