Crestor is used to bring back the levels of cholesterol in the blood to normal levels. This medicine belongs to the class of drugs known as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or simply ‘statins.’ Reducing a high cholesterol level is important because a high cholesterol level in the body increases the risk of heart failure, stroke, coronary heart diseases, and other related diseases. This drug helps increase ‘good cholesterol’ in the body which also helps eliminate ‘bad cholesterol’ to make sure the body remains healthy, and all organs function properly.
Common side effects of Crestor
Although severe side effects of this medicine are rare, there have been instances of such effects on a few users. The major side effects of Crestor are mentioned below and will require immediate medical attention.
Major side effects
- Memory problems
- Liver problems causing stomach pain, dark-colored stools, signs of jaundice such as yellowing of the skin and eyes
- Signs of kidney problems such as less urinating or frequent urge to urinate, pain or difficulty while urinating
There are minor side effects of this drug too, but these are temporary and tend to go away once the treatment is completed. It is possible you might not even experience any side effects at all.
Minor side effects
- Weakness and lethargy
- A headache
- Upset stomach
- Muscle and joint pain
- Liver problems
These side effects are mild and are fairly common among users. They are not dangerous and do not require you to consult a doctor. However, if you notice these signs aggravating, see a doctor at once.
How does Crestor work?
This drug works by lowering levels of bad cholesterol on the body. Bad cholesterol is low-density lipoprotein (LDL) that causes atherosclerosis which is a condition where thick layers of plaque build up on the inside walls of the arteries. As a result, arteries get narrower, and that increases the strain on the heart to pump blood throughout the body. Crestor also helps to increase the good cholesterol in the blood. Good cholesterol is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) that further helps to flush out other forms of cholesterol from the bloodstream that in turn, lowers the risk of associated heart diseases.
- How to use CrestorCrestor is a medicinal drug and should only be taken with a doctor’s recommendation. It must be taken orally with water. You may choose to take the medicine with or without a meal. The dosage may vary according to the patient’s medical health, weight, and age but it usually tends to be once per day. Swallow the tablet whole; do not chew, break or bite it as this may increase the side effects.
Do not alter dosages or overdose as it may lead to serious side effects. Take Crestor regularly as per your doctor’s recommendation for the best of results.
- Do not use Crestor if you are allergic to it or suffer from liver diseases.
- Not suitable for pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant.
- Do not breastfeed while using this medicine as it passes through breast milk and may harm the nursing child.
- Maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet as well as exercise daily along with the use of Crestor to get best results.
- Avoid eating foods rich in fats or those that raise cholesterol levels as this would reduce the effectiveness of Crestor.