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).
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 Saveram may cause an increase in your blood sugar level.
Do not take Saveram if you are pregnant or planning to conceive.
No, there is no evidence that Saveram causes weight gain. If you are taking Saveram and gaining weight, consult your doctor. The doctor may get some investigations done to know the reason for the weight gain.
Q. Does Saveram make you tired?
Yes, Saveram can make you feel tired. However, tiredness can also be due to liver problems or myopathy which are two serious side effects of this medicine. Tiredness that is accompanied by other symptoms like loss of appetite, upper belly pain, yellowing of skin, etc. may be due to liver problems. Therefore, consult your doctor if tiredness persists.
Q. For how long should I take Saveram?
You may need to take Saveram for life or for as long as directed by your doctor. The benefits can be felt only for as long as you take it. Stopping Saveram 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 Saveram be taken at night?
Saveram is taken once a day. It can be taken in the morning or 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 Saveram?
Saveram 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 chips, burgers, fried food, etc. Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Be sure to follow all the exercise and dietary recommendations made by your doctor or dietician.
Q. I am still not sure whether I should take Saveram or not. What should I do?
All medicines have side effects, but the benefits of Saveram in reducing cardiovascular risk 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 Saveram versus the risks of not taking it at all.
Q. Can Saveram cause memory loss?
Memory loss may occur with Saveram in very rare cases. This is generally non-serious and may occur as early as 1 day or may take years to appear. These symptoms may disappear within about 3 weeks of discontinuing Saveram. However, you should consult your doctor if you experience this side effect as it could be due to some other reason.
Q. Does Saveram cause diabetes?
Saveram use is seen to be associated with an increase in blood sugar levels in clinical studies. The increase is similar to as seen in a diabetic patient and you may need treatment for the same. Consult your doctor before taking Saveram if you are a diabetic.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 19th Aug 2019. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.