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The Benefits of CRESTOR

What CRESTOR is used for

When diet and exercise alone aren't enough to lower cholesterol, adding CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) can help.

Your doctor may choose CRESTOR for some important reasons:

  • In a clinical trial versus Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium), CRESTOR got more high-risk patients'* bad cholesterol to a goal of under 100 mg/dL
  • CRESTOR is also FDA approved to slow plaque buildup in arteries
  • You may see results for lowering your bad cholesterol as soon as 2-4 weeks after starting CRESTOR. Your results may vary
  • Along with diet, CRESTOR helps lower bad (LDL) cholesterol by up to 52% (at the 10-mg dose versus 7% with placebo)

*Definition of high-risk patients: Patients aged 18 years or older with high cholesterol and a   history of narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries (coronary heart disease) or   evidence of plaque buildup in their arteries that can narrow the arteries over time or a high   risk of developing coronary heart disease over the next 10 years.

In high-risk patients, per National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Adult Treatment  Panel (ATP) III Treatment Guidelines, bad (LDL) cholesterol goal is <100 mg/dL.

In a clinical trial versus Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium),

CRESTOR got more high-risk patients'* bad (LDL) cholesterol to a goal of under 100 mg/dL

Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of CRESTOR.

Important questions to ask your doctor

  • What are the potential dangers of unmanaged cholesterol?
  • What are the potential side effects of CRESTOR?

Important Safety Information about CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) Tablets

  • CRESTOR is not right for everyone. Do not take CRESTOR if you are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant; have liver problems; or have had an allergic reaction to CRESTOR
  • Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver before starting treatment with CRESTOR and if you have symptoms of liver problems while taking CRESTOR
  • Call your doctor right away if you:
    • Have unexplained muscle pain or weakness, especially with fever
    • Have muscle problems that do not go away even after your doctor told you to stop taking CRESTOR
    • Feel unusually tired
    • Have loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark urine, or yellowing of skin or eyes
  • These could be signs of rare but serious side effects
  • Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including CRESTOR
  • Side effects: The most common side effects may include headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, weakness, and nausea. Memory loss and confusion have also been reported with statins, including CRESTOR
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about other medicines you are taking

Talk to your doctor about prescription CRESTOR.

Approved Uses for CRESTOR

When diet and exercise alone aren't enough to lower cholesterol, adding CRESTOR can help.

In adults, CRESTOR is prescribed along with diet to lower high cholesterol and to slow the buildup of plaque in arteries as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal.

Prescribing Information with Patient Information  (PDF - 152k) 

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care professional. If you have any questions about your condition, or if you would like more information about CRESTOR, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Only you and your health care professional can decide if CRESTOR is right for you.