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The main uses of Crestor are to lower cholesterol in adults with high cholesterol and to lower triglycerides in adults with high triglycerides. In certain cases, Crestor can also be used to treat high cholesterol in children between the ages of 10 and 17.

What Is Crestor Used For?

Crestor® (the generic name is rosuvastatin calcium) is a medication that has been licensed to treat several conditions. Crestor can be used:
 
  • To lower cholesterol in those with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia). Crestor is also used to help raise HDL (good cholesterol).
     
  • To lower triglycerides in patients with high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia). Triglycerides are the chemical form in which most fats exist in the body.
     
  • To treat dysbetalipoproteinemia, a rare genetic condition characterized by high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
     
  • As an add-on treatment for people with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia to help lower total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and ApoB cholesterol (another type of "bad cholesterol").
     
  • To slow the progression of atherosclerosis (a hardening and narrowing of the arteries).

 

  

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