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    Information about Rosuvastatin

    Rosuvastatin uses

    Rosuvastatin is used in the treatment of high cholesterol.

    How rosuvastatin works

    Rosuvastatin is a lipid-lowering medication (statin). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required by the body to make cholesterol. It thus lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides, and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL).

    Common side effects of rosuvastatin

    Stomach pain, Constipation, Feeling sick, Muscle pain, Weakness, Dizziness, Increased glucose level in blood, Headache
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    Written By
    Dr. Lalit Mohan Gupta
    MD (Microbiology), MBBS
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    20 Jun 2019 | 12:26 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Rosuvastatin

    • Inform your doctor if you experience fatigue, muscle weakness or muscle pain. 
    • Your doctor may monitor your liver function before starting the treatment and regularly thereafter. Inform your doctor if you notice signs of liver problem such as yellowing of skin or eyes, unusually dark urine or stomach pains.
    • Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease or diabetes. If you are diabetic, monitor your blood sugar level regularly as Rosuvastatin may cause an increase in your blood sugar level.
    • Do not take Rosuvastatin if you are pregnant or planning to conceive.

    Frequently asked questions for Rosuvastatin


    Q. What should I know about high cholesterol?

    Cholesterol is a type of fat present in your blood. Your total cholesterol is made up of LDL and HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is called “bad” cholesterol as it can build up in the wall of your blood vessels and slow or obstruct the blood flow to your heart, brain, and other organs. This can cause heart diseases and stroke. HDL cholesterol is called “good” cholesterol as it prevents the bad cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels. Triglycerides are harmful fats found in your blood.

    Q. Can I take Rosuvastatin with grapefruit juice?

    Yes, Rosuvastatin can be taken with grapefruit juice. As per the reports, using grapefruit juice with Rosuvastatin does not change the working of Rosuvastatin. There have not been any reports of any harmful effects of using them together.

    Q. Why should Rosuvastatin be taken at night?

    Rosuvastatin acts by blocking an enzyme which is important for producing cholesterol in our body. This enzyme is more active at night. Therefore, it is usually advisable by the doctor to take Rosuvastatin at night.

    Content on this page was last updated on 20 June, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)