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Are There Symptoms of High Cholesterol?

Symptoms of high cholesterol

Although you usually don’t feel symptoms of high cholesterol, having high cholesterol is a health factor that shouldn’t be ignored.

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There are tests your doctor may perform to check your cholesterol levels and any signs of plaque buildup in your arteries. The fasting lipid profile is a cholesterol test doctors use to measure the cholesterol in your blood.

One way your doctor can look for signs of plaque buildup is by placing a stethoscope on your neck, abdomen, or leg to listen to your arteries during a physical exam. Your doctor is listening for bruits (pronounced brew-ees), which are faint whooshing noises caused by the turbulence of blood rushing through restricted arteries.

Another way your doctor can check for signs of plaque buildup involves taking your blood pressure at the ankle and arm. This technique is called the ankle/brachial index.

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

Prescribing Information with Patient Information  (PDF - 152k) 


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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.