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Rosuvastatin

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Uses

Rosuvastatin is used in the treatment of increased cholesterol levels in blood, increased triglycerides levels in blood and increased LDL levels in blood

How it works

Rosuvastatin blocks an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lowers the level of cholestrol in the body.

Common side effects

Joint pain, Headache, Muscle pain, Allergic reaction, Nausea, Dyspepsia, Nasopharyngitis, Increased liver enzymes, Increased creatine phosphokinase (CPK) level in blood, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Constipation, Joint swelling, Increased glucose level in blood

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Expert advice

  • Take Rosuvastatin only as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Rosuvastatin, it may worsen the adverse effects of this medicine on the liver.
  • Notify your doctor if you experience unexplained muscle pain or weakness, which can lead to serious kidney problems. 
  • Do not take Niacin with Rosuvastatin. Niacin may increase Rosuvastatin's side effects on the muscles, which can lead to serious kidney problems. 
  • Notify the doctor that you are taking this medicine before undergoing any kind of surgery.
  • Notify your doctor immediately if you are or are planning to become pregnant during the administration of this medicine.

Frequently asked questions

Rosuvastatin

Q.

Is rosuvastatin lipophilic?
No. It is hydrophilic in nature

Q.

Is rosuvastatin safe?
Rosuvastatin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

Q.

Is rosuvastatin gluten free?
Yes, rosuvastatin is gluten fre

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Is rosuvastatin better than simvastatin?
Rosuvastatin is better than simvastatin as this is longer acting, more potent and has less side effects. Although, Rosuvastatinand simvastatin belong to same class of medication called as HMG CoA reductase inhibitor (or statins) with similar action


Content on this page was last updated on 09 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)