Rosuvastatin is a lipid-lowering medication (statin). It works by blocking an enzyme (HMG-CoA-reductase) that is required in the body to make cholesterol. It thus lowers "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and raises "good" cholesterol (HDL).
Arvast treats high cholesterol by lowering "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides (fats). It should be taken in addition to regular exercise and low-fat diet.
It also reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
In general, Arvast is safe. It may cause diarrhea, gas or an upset stomach. If any of these happen to you, take it with food.
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 Arvast may cause an increase in your blood sugar level.
Do not take Arvast if you are pregnant or planning to conceive.
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 Arvast with grapefruit juice?
Yes, Arvast can be taken with grapefruit juice. As per the reports, using grapefruit juice with Arvast does not change the working of Arvast. There have not been any reports of any harmful effects of using them together.
Q. Why should Arvast be taken at night?
Arvast 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 Arvast at night.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 26th Feb 2019. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.