Working With Your Doctor
Since high cholesterol and in typically don’t have symptoms you can feel, it’s important to talk to your doctor about them, get your cholesterol tested, and then follow his or her recommendations if you need to take action. An ongoing, productive dialogue between you and your doctor can help you stay on track as you work to manage your cholesterol and slow buildup in your .
Setting Goals Together
Your cholesterol levels may change throughout your life, and other health conditions that can make managing your cholesterol more important may develop or go away over time. You and your doctor should always be aware of your cholesterol levels and any specific health issues. Then you should work together to set goals and plans for reaching them that are realistic, that benefit your health, and that you can agree to follow.
Making Every Conversation Count
Getting prepared ahead of time can help you make the most of your visits with your doctor. While you’re in the office, find out why each topic being discussed is important to your health and how it all fits together. If the discussion gets complicated, don’t be afraid to ask whether your doctor has any charts or tools you can look at, or if he or she can refer you to any books or Web sites that might provide more information.
Together, you and your doctor will build an action plan to help you manage your cholesterol and slow the progression of plaque buildup in your arteries. The better prepared you are, the more valuable the visit will be.
To help plan ahead for your doctor visit, make a comprehensive list of questions for your doctor.
Identifying Your Dose
CRESTOR is available in four doses. Your dose may vary since your doctor will consider your medical history and therapy goal when writing your prescription.
CRESTOR can be taken with or without food, at any time of day. Dose range: 5-40 mg once daily. The 40 mg dose of CRESTOR is only for patients who do not reach goal on 20 mg.
On follow-up visits, your doctor may choose to adjust your dosage. Use the chart above to help identify your dose. And of course, if you have any questions, always ask your doctor or pharmacist.
CRESTOR may not be right for everyone. It's always important to know the risks of taking a cholesterol medication.