Crestor 

Crestor which is also known as Rosuvastatin is one of the medications under HMG CoA reductase inhibitors (statins). Crestor lowers the levels of abnormal cholesterol which is low-density lipoprotein, or LDL and triglycerides in the blood. It also helps to give rise to the levels of normal cholesterol which is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. It reduces the risk of heart complications and stroke in men from 50 years of age and above and in women from 60 years of age and above. 

Pharmacological action 

Ensure you adhere diligently to all given instructions by the doctor or those on the prescription label. Make sure you eat a diet that is balanced this may increase the effectiveness of the medication. You may as well engage yourself in exercising, and practices that may help you lose weight. it is also advisable to stop smoking 

Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment 

You are advised to take Rosuvastatin as recommended by the doctor or pharmacist. Likewise, you should ensure you read and observe the directions on the prescription label. Ensure you don’t take Crestor than it is required; not more, less or elongated than the time range given for its use. You are expected to take Crestor once per day. Follow all directions on the dosage to be taken in a day. The intake may be with or without a meal. Crestor is a tablet in different forms of strengths such as 5mg, 10mg, 20 and 40 mg strengths. Normally the intake is between the ranges of 5mg to 20 mg in a day. You may take Crestor with water once per day. Try to observe a similar time for the usage of Crestor tablets. The incessant use of Rosuvastatin requires constant blood tests. There is continuous use of Crestor even after recovery. Its use may last for a lifetime. However, you may stop for a brief period of time if you are dealing with any of the following: 

· Dehydration; 

· A severe infection or illness; 

· Severely low blood pressure; 

· An electrolyte imbalance; 

· Uncontrolled seizures; 

· Surgery; 

· A medical emergency. 

Precautions 

Ensure you take the following precautionary measures before or when using Crestor: 

· Patients who are allergic to Crestor should keep away from its use. 

· Patients liver diseases are restricted from the use of Rosuvastatin 

· Pregnant women and lactating mother should keep away from Crestor. It may lead to birth defects and harm to a nursing baby. Those that have the tendency to become pregnant should use both controls while the drug is in use. 

· Notify the doctor if you experience any of the following illnesses:  

o Kidney disease; 

o Liver problems; 

o A thyroid disorder. 

· Notify the doctor: 

o If it has become a habit with you to take in a day more than 2 alcoholic beverages. 

o If you are an Asian 

o If you are elderly that is 65 or more. 

Side Effects 

It is recommended to seek immediate medical attention when you begin to experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction to Crestor. These symptoms are: swelling in lips, tongue, throat or face; hives and difficulty in breathing. The following are some side effects that require the need to see your doctor: 

· Headache; 

· Muscle aches or pains; 

· Nausea; 

· Joint pain; 

· Indigestion; 

· Insomnia; 

· Constipation; 

· Depression; 

· Stomach pain; 

· Diarrhea. 

Missed Dose 

In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking two doses at one time should be avoided. 

Overdose 

Peradventure you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help. 

Interaction with other drugs 

Ensure you notify your doctor before using any medication with Crestor. This may give rise to serious muscle problems. Several of these drugs are: 

· Colchicine; 

· Cyclosporine; 

· Atorvastatin; 

· Pravachol; 

· Antiviral medicine to treat HIV or hepatitis C;  

· A blood thinner; 

· Cholesterol medications; 

· Drugs containing niacin or nicotinic acid.  

Avoid the intake of alcohol; they may have dangerous effects such as liver damage and the rise in triglyceride levels.