Crestor Medication Information
Crestor® (rosuvastatin calcium) is a prescription medication approved to treat several conditions. These uses include:
- Lowering cholesterol
- Lowering triglycerides
- Raising HDL ("good" cholesterol)
- Slowing down the progression of atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries)
- Reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and bypass surgeries (or other revascularization procedures) in people at risk for heart disease.
As a statin medication, Crestor works by blocking a particular enzyme, which controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects are possible and may include constipation, nausea, and muscle pain.
Before starting treatment with Crestor, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have, as well as any other medications you are currently taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
Crestor comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once a day. Several strengths of Crestor tablets are available, including:
For more Crestor medication information, talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
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