Crestor (Rosuvastatin Calcium)
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Rosuvastatin Calcium Information
ROSUVASTATIN (roe SOO va sta tin) is known as a HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor or 'statin'. It lowers cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. This drug may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other health problems in patients with risk factors for heart disease. Diet and lifestyle changes are often used with this drug.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.Read more...
Crestor® works by blocking an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. This enzyme is part of the process that allows the body to make cholesterol. By taking Crestor® to block this enzyme, your body does not make as much cholesterol.
Reducing your blood level of cholesterol helps to prevent the buildup of fatty plaque areas in the arteries, especially the arteries that connect to the heart. This is called atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
Controlling your level of cholesterol in your body can help to prevent other types of heart and blood vessel conditions in people that may be at risk.
Drugs like Crestor® are commonly called “statins” since their generic names all end with those letters. This group of medicines helps to lower a cholesterol called LDL, lower triglycerides, and increase the good cholesterol called HDL.
Ask your doctor about your lab work and your long-term risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Both factors are important in deciding if you should take a medication to help manage your cholesterol.
Taking a medicine like Crestor® is not enough to control problems with high cholesterol. Your doctor will help you develop a plan that includes other steps, such as diet changes, weight control, physical activity, and helping smokers to quit.
Lifestyle changes are an important part of improving your cholesterol levels. In fact, in some people the medicine can sometimes be reduced or even stopped if the lifestyle change make a significant change in their cholesterol levels.
Crestor® is sometimes carefully combined with other medicines to manage triglycerides and lipids to keep your heart and blood vessels as healthy as possible.
Take your Crestor® dose at the same time each day. Choose a time that is convenient for you and easier to remember. Swallow the tablet whole. Food does not change the way Crestor® works in the body.
Each prescription for Crestor® comes with a printed medication guide. Always take time to read the medication information in the guide provided by your online Canadian Prescription Referral Service to be sure you are reviewing the most recent information about your medicine.
We may have a generic alternative to Crestor available for you. The active ingredient in Crestor is Rosuvastatin. When buying generic Crestor, you should only deal with licensed Canadian and International pharmacy partners. By using a prescription referral service, we will connect you with a Canadian pharmacy or an International pharmacy to provide you with the best savings possible. To verify a legitimate Canadian pharmacy or Canadian prescription referral service, we recommend only purchasing from a member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association and a website verified by PharmacyChecker.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions: -frequently drink alcoholic beverages -kidney disease -liver disease -muscle aches or weakness -other medical condition -an unusual or allergic reaction to rosuvastatin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives -pregnant or trying to get pregnant -breast-feedingRead more...
Medical problems may affect the way Crestor® works in your body. Your doctor needs to know about every medical condition or problem you have to determine the best treatment for you. Talk to your doctor about all your medical conditions even if you think they are not related to your cholesterol.
In addition to the above list, let your doctor know if you have ever had problems with medical conditions such as thyroid disease, kidney problems, liver problems, or muscle conditions. Even if these conditions are not a problem for you now, your doctor may want to monitor your condition carefully for any past problems.
Let your doctor know if you are of Asian descent. This can be important in determining the correct dose of Crestor® for you.
Talk to your doctor about your family history of heart disease and related cholesterol problems.
As with most medicines, interactions with other substances, including medicines prescribed by other doctors, over-the-counter products, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol use, and smoking, can be dangerous. Give your doctor a complete list of everything you take.
When ordering Crestor® online, be sure all your doctors and healthcare providers are aware that you are taking this medicine. Your doctors need to know in order to prevent possible serious interactions with other medicines and medical conditions.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. You can take this medicine with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 7 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. Do not take 2 doses within 12 hours of each other. If there are less than 12 hours until your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications: -herbal medicines like red yeast rice This medicine may also interact with the following medications: -alcohol -antacids containing aluminum hydroxide or magnesium hydroxide -cyclosporine -other medicines for high cholesterol -some medicines for HIV infection -warfarin
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.Read more...
Do not take Crestor® if you also take colchicine (a common brand name is (Colcrys®) without consulting your doctor. The two medicines together can possibly cause a serious interaction. Your doctor may want to adjust the dose of one or both medicines.
Many drug interactions possible with Crestor® can lead to serious side effects. Some of the interactions happen in a way that silently increases blood levels of Crestor®. Your doctor may want to adjust your Crestor® dose, or adjust the other medicine.
Watch for signs that you may be getting too much absorption from your dose of Crestor®. Let your doctor know as soon as possible if you experience problems like muscle pain or tenderness, muscle weakness, develop a fever, or feel more tired than normal.
There are many medicines that can cause this type of interaction with Crestor®. Some examples are listed here. Check with your doctor if think you may be taking a medicine that could interact with Crestor®.
- Neoral (cyclosporine)
- Norvir (ritonavir)
- Prezista (darunavir ethanolate)
- Crixivan (indinavir sulfate)
- Reyataz (atazanavir sulfate)
- Zetia (ezetimibe)
- Diflucan (fluconazole)
While the reason for the interaction is not completely understood, Crestor® can increase the effects of drugs that contain warfarin sodium, like Coumadin® and Jantoven®. Experts recommend that your blood level monitoring be closely watched if you take warfarin drugs along with Crestor®.
Many medicines have serious side effects, like nerve and liver damage, which may be similar to side effects that are possible with Crestor®. Taking these drugs together increases the risk of developing a serious side effect. Some examples of drugs that warrant close monitoring if taken along with Crestor® are listed here. This is not a complete list.
Some medicines can decrease the effectiveness of Crestor®. Antacids and calcium supplements of all types can interfere with the way your stomach absorbs your dose of Crestor®. Take antacids and calcium supplements if you need to, but always wait at least two hours between your dose of Crestor® and the use of antacids or calcium supplements.
Other medicines can cause your Crestor® dose to be less effective. Examples include:
Some drug interactions can be life-threatening. Other interactions can cause unwanted side effects or make the medicines more or less effective. Sometimes drug interactions can cause a medicine to exceed safe levels in the blood, similar to taking an overdose. This can happen all at once or gradually over time. A drug interaction happens when one drug causes another drug to change how it works in the body.
Many processes are at work in your body that handle drugs. Interactions can happen at different places and for different reasons. Some processes involve how your gut absorbs the medicine, others involve the way your liver works to alter medicines. Some interactions occur at the exact place in your body where the drugs connect to do their job, and others involve changes with the way the drug is eliminated from your body.
Crestor® is no exception. There are many medicines that interact with the active ingredient found in Crestor®. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist to be sure you are not taking drugs that interact.
Each time you have a new drug added to your existing list of medications, be sure to ask your pharmacist to check it against all your other medicines.
The pharmacists that fill your prescriptions from a Canadian Pharmacy Referral Service need a complete list of your medicines. This includes prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, supplements, and herbal products, that you take. For your safety, the pharmacists will screen your current medicines with new medicines being filled to be sure there are no drug interactions.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly. Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you get any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever and tiredness. Your doctor or health care professional may tell you to stop taking this medicine if you develop muscle problems. If your muscle problems do not go away after stopping this medicine, contact your health care professional. This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine. Avoid taking antacids containing aluminum, calcium or magnesium within 2 hours of taking this medicine. This drug is only part of a total heart-health program. Your doctor or a dietician can suggest a low-cholesterol and low-fat diet to help. Avoid alcohol and smoking, and keep a proper exercise schedule. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Serious side effects to an unborn child or to an infant are possible. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.Read more...
As with any new medicine, watch for signs of an allergic reaction. Symptoms can include swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat, difficulty breathing, tightening of the chest, and a skin rash, itching, and hives.
Watch for signs that you may be developing a serious side effect from taking Crestor®. Let your doctor know as soon as possible if you develop muscle pain or tenderness, a fever, or unusual weakness.
Tell your doctor if you notice any changes in your kidney function or yellowing of your skin or eyes.
Stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor if you think you may be pregnant.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible: -allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue -dark urine -fever -joint pain -muscle cramps, pain -redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth -trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine -unusually weak or tired -yellowing of the eyes or skin Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): -constipation -heartburn -nausea -stomach gas, pain, upset
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed (protect from moisture). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
Rosuvastatin Calcium Oral tablet