Rosuvastatin is used to decrease the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoproteins (‘bad’ cholesterol) in the body. It also increases the high-density lipoproteins (‘good’ cholesterol’) in the system. Rosuvastatin belongs to a family of drugs known as ‘statins’.
Rosuvastatin is prescribed to individuals who are experiencing elevated levels of cholesterol. This medication reduces the amount of bad fats that are produced in the body. This reduces the cholesterol level in the blood.
Rosuvastatin lowers the risk of the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes in individuals. It also reduces the rate at which arteries are blocked due to a high cholesterol presence in the bloodstream. This medication increases HDL levels (high-density lipoproteins) which results in a lower prevalence of heart-related illnesses.
The efficiency of Rosuvastatin is increased when it is accompanied by a healthy diet.
Consult your physician to see how else Rosuvastatin may benefit you.
Always follow your physician’s instructions regarding dosage. Do not take this medication in larger or smaller doses than directed.
This medication should be taken orally.
It is recommended that adults take between 5 mg and 10 mg of Rosuvastatin. This should be taken as a single dose, once a day. You can choose to take the medication with or without a meal.
If you have been prescribed antacids – or are taking them by yourself – containing magnesium or aluminium, take the antacids at least two hours after you take Rosuvastatin. The ingredients present in the antacids may inhibit the effect of Rosuvastatin.
If you missed your dose, take it as soon as you remember. If your next dose needs to be taken soon, do not take the missed dose. Instead, take your scheduled dose. Do not combine your doses.
In case you overdose on this medication, call emergency services.
The most common side effects experienced with Rosuvastatin are:
Discomfort in the body
Irritation in the throat
Blocked or runny nose
Inflamed glands on the neck
Changes in vocal sounds
The less common side effects experienced with Rosuvastatin are:
Difficulties or problems with urination
Difficulties with bowel movements
Unusual changes in appetite
Changes in skin temperature
Unusual heart rhythm
Difficulty in breathing
Contact your physician immediately if you experience any of these side effects.
Do not use Rosuvastatin if you are pregnant or are engaged in breastfeeding.
Certain drugs that are prescribed to you may inhibit the effect of this medication. Medications such as warfarin – a blood thinner – and gemfibrozil will negatively impact the effect of Rosuvastatin.
Ledipasvir, among other medications, change how Rosuvastatin is absorbed by the the body. Inform your doctor if you have been prescribed this drug.
Before you are prescribed Rosuvastatin, notify your doctor of your medical history. If you have suffered from any problems regarding your kidney or liver you may be ineligible to use this medication. Tell your physician about your alcohol use as well.
Reduce or stop your alcohol use. Frequent consumption of alcohol, especially when paired with Rosuvastatin, may cause liver damage.