CRESTOR FAQs

Here are helpful answers to frequently asked questions about CRESTOR

What is CRESTOR?

CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) is a type of cholesterol-lowering medicine known as a “statin.” When diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to get cholesterol levels to goal, CRESTOR is used for lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol and increasing “good” HDL cholesterol.

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Is CRESTOR a statin?

CRESTOR is one of several cholesterol-lowering medications known as a “statin.” Statins are used to lower cholesterol when diet and exercise alone are not enough to help people get to goal.

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Who should not take CRESTOR?

Some people should NOT take CRESTOR. 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. If you are not planning to become pregnant you should use effective birth control (contraception) while you are taking CRESTOR
  • Are breastfeeding. Medicines like CRESTOR can pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby
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What is CRESTOR used for?

CRESTOR is a cholesterol-lowering medicine prescribed to lower cholesterol when diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to get cholesterol to goal. Adding CRESTOR may help by:

  • Lowering LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and raising HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol)
  • Slowing plaque buildup in the arteries as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal
Read more about results with CRESTOR

How does CRESTOR work?

CRESTOR is a cholesterol-lowering medicine that works to help lower cholesterol in 2 ways:

  • Blocks an enzyme in the liver, causing the liver to make less cholesterol
  • Increases the uptake and breakdown in the liver of cholesterol already in the blood
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How may CRESTOR help?

CRESTOR is a cholesterol-lowering medicine that has been proven in clinical studies to help people get their cholesterol levels to healthy goals:

  • Compared to another cholesterol-lowering medicine, Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium), CRESTOR got more high-risk patients’* LDL cholesterol to a goal of under 100 mg/dL
  • Along with diet, CRESTOR has been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol by up to 55% (at 20-mg dose versus 7% with placebo)
  • CRESTOR is also FDA approved to slow the progression of plaque buildup in the arteries, as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal

*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.

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What safety information should I know about CRESTOR?

CRESTOR may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Muscle pain, tenderness and weakness (myopathy). Muscle problems, including muscle breakdown, can be serious in some people and rarely cause kidney damage that can lead to death. Tell your doctor right away if:
    • You have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you have a fever or feel more tired than usual, while you take CRESTOR
    • You have muscle problems that do not go away even after your doctor told you to stop taking CRESTOR. Your doctor may do further tests to diagnose the cause of your muscle problems

Liver problems. Your health care professional should do blood tests to check your liver before you start taking CRESTOR and if you have symptoms of liver problems while you take CRESTOR. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms of liver problems:

  • feel unusually tired or weak
  • loss of appetite
  • upper belly pain
  • dark urine
  • yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
Read more about possible side effects of CRESTOR

How should I take CRESTOR?

If your doctor has selected the cholesterol-lowering medicine CRESTOR to help manage your high cholesterol, you should take CRESTOR exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Take CRESTOR, by mouth, one time each day. You can take CRESTOR any time of day, with or without food. The CRESTOR tablet should be swallowed whole. Do not take 2 doses of CRESTOR within 12 hours of each other.

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How soon will CRESTOR work?

You may see results for lowering LDL cholesterol as soon as 2–4 weeks after starting the cholesterol-lowering medicine CRESTOR. Your results may vary. On follow-up visits, your doctor may choose to adjust your dosage to help you reach your cholesterol goal.

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What are the most common side effects of CRESTOR?

The most common side effects with CRESTOR may include:

  • Headache, muscle aches and pains, abdominal pain, weakness, and nausea
  • Additional side effects that have been reported with CRESTOR include memory loss and confusion
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What if I forget to take CRESTOR?

If you miss a dose of CRESTOR, take it as soon as you remember. However, do not take 2 doses of CRESTOR within 12 hours of each other. If you take too much CRESTOR or overdose, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

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Are there reasons I should ask my doctor for “brand-name” CRESTOR?

It is important to know that no two drugs in one class are exactly the same. In fact, not all medications work the same for all patients, including the generic equivalents. When your doctor prescribes a medication, it is because he/she has decided it is the right one for you.

If you prefer to keep taking brand-name CRESTOR, talk with your doctor. He or she can request brand-name CRESTOR on your prescription.*

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Are there reasons I should ask my pharmacist for “brand-name” CRESTOR?

If it’s not CRESTOR, let the pharmacist know. At the pharmacy, your brand-name prescription for CRESTOR may be switched automatically to a generic. That’s why you need to remember to specifically ask your pharmacist for CRESTOR, as your doctor prescribed.

Keep in mind that the savings card can only be used with brand-name CRESTOR.

Learn more about why you should Ask for Your CRESTOR

Pharmacy rules and local laws may apply.

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Important Safety Information About CRESTOR 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... read more and if you have symptoms of liver problems while taking CRESTOR
  • 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... read more to CRESTOR
  • Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver before starting treatment 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

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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 plaque buildup in arteries as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal.

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.1-800-FDA-1088.

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Savings Card Eligibility and Terms of Use

*Patient Eligibility for Savings Card:

You may be eligible for this offer if you are insured by commercial insurance and your insurance does not cover the full cost of your prescription, or you are not insured and are responsible for the cost of your prescriptions.

Patients who are enrolled in a state or federally funded prescription insurance program are not eligible for this offer. This includes patients enrolled in Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Medigap, Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) programs or TriCare, and patients who are Medicare eligible and enrolled in an employer-sponsored group waiver health plan or government-subsidized prescription drug benefit program for retirees. If you are enrolled in a state or federally funded prescription insurance program, you may not use this Savings Card even if you elect to be processed as an uninsured (cash-paying) patient.

This offer is not insurance and is restricted to residents of the United States and Puerto Rico, and patients over 18 years of age. This offer is valid for retail prescriptions only.

Terms of Use: Eligible commercially insured patients with a valid prescription for CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) Tablets who present this Savings Card at participating pharmacies will pay $3 for a 30-, 60-, or 90-day supply, subject to a maximum savings of $130 per 30-day supply, $260 per 60-day supply, or $390 per 90-day supply. Eligible cash-paying patients will receive up to $130 in savings on out-of-pocket costs per 30-day supply. Offer good for 12 uses; each 30-day supply counts as 1 use. This offer is good for a 30-day supply, 60-day supply, or 90-day supply, and expires 14 months from the date of first use. Other restrictions may apply. Patient is responsible for applicable taxes, if any. If you have any questions regarding this offer, please call 1-855-687-21511-855-687-2151.

Nontransferable, limited to one per person, cannot be combined with any other offer. Void in Massachusetts and where prohibited by law, taxed, or restricted. Patients, pharmacists, and prescribers cannot seek reimbursement from health insurance or any third party for any part of the benefit received by the patient through this offer. AstraZeneca reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer, eligibility, and terms of use at any time without notice. This offer is not conditioned on any past, present, or future purchase, including refills. Offer must be presented along with a valid prescription for CRESTOR at the time of purchase.

BY USING THIS CARD, YOU AND YOUR PHARMACIST UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THESE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND TERMS OF USE.

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Mail Order Eligibility

*Patient Eligibility for Mail-order Rebate: You may be eligible for this offer if you are insured by commercial insurance and your insurance does not cover the full cost of your prescription, or you are not insured and are responsible for the cost of your prescriptions.

Patients who are enrolled in a state or federally funded prescription insurance program are not eligible for this offer. This includes patients enrolled in Medicare Part D, Medicaid, Medigap, Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Defense (DOD) programs or TriCare, and patients who are Medicare eligible and enrolled in an employer-sponsored group waiver health plan or government-subsidized prescription drug benefit program for retirees. If you are enrolled in a state or federally funded prescription insurance program, you may not use this rebate form even if you elect to be processed as an uninsured (cash-paying) patient.

This offer is not insurance and is restricted to residents of the United States and Puerto Rico, and patients over 18 years of age. This offer is valid for prescription purchased through a mail-order pharmacy.

Terms of Use: Eligible commercially insured patients with a valid prescription for CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) Tablets will pay $3 for a 30-, 60-, or 90-day supply, subject to a maximum savings of $130 per 30-day supply, $260 per 60-day supply, or $390 per 90-day supply. Eligible cash-paying patients will receive up to $130 in savings on out-of-pocket costs per 30-day supply. Offer good for 12 uses; each 30-day supply counts as 1 use. This offer is good for a 30-day supply, 60-day supply, or 90-day supply, and expires 14 months from the date of first use. Other restrictions may apply. Patient is responsible for applicable taxes, if any. If you have any questions regarding this offer, please call 1-855-687-21511-855-687-2151.

Nontransferable, limited to one per person, cannot be combined with any other offer. Void in Massachusetts and where prohibited by law, taxed, or restricted. Patients, pharmacists, and prescribers cannot seek reimbursement from health insurance or any third party for any part of the benefit received by the patient through this offer. AstraZeneca reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer, eligibility, and terms of use at any time without notice. This offer is not conditioned on any past, present, or future purchase, including refills. A valid prescription for CRESTOR must be presented at the time of purchase.

BY USING THIS REBATE FORM, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO COMPLY WITH THESE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND TERMS OF USE.

Program managed by PSKW, LLC, on behalf of AstraZeneca.