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What Is CRESTOR?

The facts about CRESTOR

CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) is a prescription drug belonging to a group of cholesterol-lowering medicines called statins. Doctors prescribe CRESTOR when diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to get cholesterol to goal.That’s because CRESTOR, along with diet, lowers “bad” cholesterol (LDL-C) and increases “good” cholesterol (HDL-C).

It is not known if CRESTOR is safe and effective in people who have Fredrickson Type I and V dyslipidemias. It is not known if CRESTOR is safe and effective in children under 10 years of age or in girls who have not started their period (menses).

By limiting cholesterol production, CRESTOR lowers the amount of total cholesterol that ends up in the bloodstream.

How does CRESTOR work?

Most of the cholesterol in your blood is made in the liver. CRESTOR works by reducing cholesterol in 2 ways:

  • CRESTOR blocks an enzyme in the liver causing the liver to make less cholesterol
  • CRESTOR increases the uptake and breakdown by the liver of cholesterol already in the blood

Along with diet, CRESTOR lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and slows plaque buildup in arteries as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal.

You may see results for lowering your bad cholesterol as soon as 2-4 weeks after starting CRESTOR. People can have different responses to the same medicine, so your results may vary.

CRESTOR, along with diet, is:

  • Proven to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol
  • FDA approved to slow plaque buildup in arteries as part
    of a treatment plan
    to lower cholesterol
    to goal

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.