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Is CRESTOR Right for Me?

Before taking CRESTOR, talk to your doctor

When diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to lower cholesterol, adding CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) can help. In adults, CRESTOR, along with diet, helps lower cholesterol and slow the progression of atherosclerosis, plaque buildup in your arteries over time.

But CRESTOR may not be right for everyone. Review the lists below to see some of the reasons why CRESTOR may or may not be a good fit for some people, and then make an appointment with your doctor to find out if CRESTOR is right for you.

Do not take CRESTOR if you:

  • are allergic to rosuvastatin calcium or any of the ingredients in CRESTOR
  • have liver problems
  • are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant. CRESTOR may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant, stop taking CRESTOR and call your doctor right away
  • are breastfeeding. Medicines like CRESTOR can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby. It is not known if CRESTOR passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide the best way to feed your baby if you take CRESTOR

Doctor

Before and while taking CRESTOR, tell your doctor if you:

  • have unexplained muscle aches or weakness
  • have or have had kidney problems
  • have or have had liver problems
  • drink more than 2 glasses of alcohol daily
  • have thyroid problems
  • are 65 years of age or older
  • are of Asian descent
  • are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Talk to your doctor before you start taking any new medicines.

Taking CRESTOR with certain other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. CRESTOR may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how CRESTOR works.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • cyclosporine (a medicine for your immune system)
  • gemfibrozil (a fibric acid medicine for lowering cholesterol)
  • HIV protease inhibitors (such as lopinavir, ritonavir, fosamprenavir, tipranavir, or atazanavir)
  • certain anti-fungal medicines (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole and fluconazole)
  • coumarin anticoagulants (medicines that prevent blood clots, such as warfarin)
  • niacin or nicotinic acid
  • fibric acid derivatives (such as fenofibrate)
  • colchicine (a medicine used to treat gout)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these medicines if you are not sure.

Know all of the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get new medicine.

Learn more about 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.