Crestor 5 mg
Of the four strengths available for Crestor® (rosuvastatin calcium), Crestor 5 mg is the lowest strength of the medication. Crestor comes in the form of tablets and is generally taken once a day to treat high cholesterol. Although the recommending starting Crestor dosage is 10 mg once a day, your healthcare provider may recommend a lower Crestor dose (5 mg per day) if you meet certain criteria. Some of these criteria include:
- Being 65 years of age or older
- Being of Asian decent
- Taking gemfibrozil (Lopid®)
- Taking cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®)
- Taking protease inhibitor medications for HIV
- Having severe kidney disease.
Your healthcare provider may also recommend this strength of Crestor if you develop side effects while taking higher doses of the medication. Even though Crestor is designed to lower cholesterol, lifestyle changes (such as weight loss, diet, and exercise) are still important for maintaining good cholesterol.
(Click Crestor Dosing for more information on how Crestor can be beneficial in treating high cholesterol, as well as details on how your healthcare provider will determine the best Crestor dosage for your particular situation.)