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, thereby lowering "bad" cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides and raising "good" cholesterol (HDL).
No, there is no evidence of R2 causing weight gain. If you are taking R2 and gaining weight, consult your doctor. The doctor may get some investigations done to know the reason for the weight gain.
Q. Does R2 make you tired?
Yes, R2 can make you feel tired. This is because it reduces the energy supply to the muscles in the body. However, the exact reason behind the phenomena is unknown and needs more research. Tiredness usually occurs after exertion. Generalized fatigue is more often seen in people with heart disease or those suffering from liver illness. R2 also causes muscle damage which further worsens the tiredness and so you must consult your doctor if you feel tired while taking R2.
Q. For how long should I take R2?
You may need to take R2 for life or for as long as directed by your doctor. The cholesterol levels will be maintained only till you are taking R2. Stopping R2 without starting a different treatment may increase your cholesterol levels again. This medicine has only a few side effects and is usually considered safe if taken as directed by the doctor.
Q. Should R2 be taken at night?
R2 should be taken once a day. It can be taken in the morning or at night or any time of the day, with or without food. Try taking this medicine at the same time every day. Doing this will help you remember to take it daily.
Q. What foods should be avoided when taking R2?
R2 is used to decrease your blood cholesterol levels. Therefore, to seek the best results of this medicine, you should avoid foods which are high in calories like fried food and junk food. It is recommended to eat a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet. Be sure to follow all the exercise and dietary recommendations made by your doctor or dietician.
Q. How do I know whether Rosulex is beneficial for me or not?
All medicines have side effects, but the benefits of R2 in reducing cholesterol levels and the risk of heart attack and stroke are proven by a large number of studies. However, if you do have any concerns, then discuss it with your doctor. Your doctor will consider and explain to you the benefits of taking R2 versus the risks of not taking it at all.
Q. Can R2 cause memory loss?
R2 may cause memory loss in very rare cases. This is generally non-serious and may occur within 1 day of taking this medicine or may take years to appear. These symptoms may disappear within about 3 weeks of discontinuing R2. However, you should consult your doctor if you experience this side effect as it could be due to some other reason.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 14th Jan 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.