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Crestor 20 mg is a prescription medicine categorized under the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins. Combined with a balanced diet, Crestor reduces bad cholesterol (LDL-C) and increases good cholesterol (HDL-C). If bad cholesterol is untreated, fatty deposits build up along the blood vessels' walls. This buildup of fatty acids can contribute to the narrowing of these vessels. This is one of the major causes of heart disease. By lowering blood cholesterol in your bloodstream, Rosuvastatin, the medicine's active ingredient, can slow this buildup along the walls of the blood vessels.
The cholesterol-lowering drug has been proven to cause a significant reduction in the risk of heart attacks and strokes in older adults without known heart problems. Most of the cholesterol in the bloodstream is produced in the liver. It reduces cholesterol by blocking an enzyme in the liver, causing the liver to make less cholesterol. Rosuvastatin increases the uptake and breakdown of cholesterol in the bloodstream by the liver.
Take Crestor exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change your dosing regimen or stop treatment even if you feel well. You may take Crestor at any time before or after consuming food. Swallow the tablet with a glass full of water. You may be advised to start a cholesterol-lowering diet before Crestor treatment. Stick to a balanced diet when you take a Rosuvastatin preparation. Take an antacid containing magnesium hydroxide and aluminium at least two hours after taking this cholesterol-lowering drug.
Do not take Crestor 20 mg if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant. The cholesterol-lowering medicine harms your unborn baby. Also, avoid taking this medicine if breastfeeding; the cholesterol-lowering medicine can pass into a mother's breast milk and may harm your unborn baby. Do not take this medicine if you have liver problems. Do not take Crestor tablets if you have had an allergic reaction to Crestor or any other medications present in the medicine. The safety and effectiveness of the medicine have not been established in children under the age of ten.
Crestor 20 mg can cause side effects in some people; serious side effects include:
– Liver problems - Your health care specialist will conduct blood tests before you take Rosuvastatin tablets and during treatment to check for signs of possible liver problems
– Muscle problems - Speak to your doctor immediately if you develop unexplained muscle pain or weakness accompanied by fever. This could be an early indication of a rare muscle problem that may contribute to kidney problems. The risk of muscle problems is higher in people who are 65 years of age or older.
The most common side effects may include headache, abdominal pain, muscle aches and pains, weakness, and nausea. This is not the complete list of side effects. Speak to your healthcare provider for the complete list of side effects that bother you or don't resolve.