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Patient Information Leaflet

CRESTOR® 40 mg Film-coated Tablets
(rosuvastatin calcium)
The name of your medicine is CRESTOR® 40 mg Film-coated
Tablets, but will be referred to as ‘CRESTOR’ in this leaflet.
Other strengths are also available.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking
this medicine because it contains important information
for you.
 Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
 If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
 This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do
not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
signs of illness are the same as yours.
 If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1)
What CRESTOR is and what it is used for
2)
What you need to know before you take CRESTOR
3)
How to take CRESTOR
4)
Possible side effects
5)
How to store CRESTOR
6)
Contents of the pack and other information

1) WHAT CRESTOR IS AND WHAT IT IS USED
FOR
CRESTOR belongs to a group of medicines called statins.
You have been prescribed CRESTOR because:
 You have a high cholesterol level. This means you are at
risk from a heart attack or stroke. Crestor is used in adults,
adolescents and children 6 years or older to treat high
cholesterol.
You have been advised to take a statin, because changing your
diet and taking more exercise were not enough to correct your
cholesterol levels. You should continue with your cholesterollowering diet and exercise while you are taking CRESTOR.
Or
 You have other factors that increase your risk of having a
heart attack, stroke or related health problems.
Heart attack, stroke and other problems can be caused by a
disease called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is due to build
up of fatty deposits in your arteries.
Why is it important to keep taking CRESTOR?
CRESTOR is used to correct the levels of fatty substances in
the blood called lipids, the most common of which is
cholesterol.
There are different types of cholesterol found in the blood -‘bad’
cholesterol (LDL-C) and ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL-C).
 CRESTOR can reduce the ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase
the ‘good’ cholesterol.
 It works by helping to block your body’s production of ‘bad’
cholesterol. It also improves your body’s ability to remove it
from your blood.
For most people, high cholesterol does not affect the way they
feel because it does not produce any symptoms. However, if it
is left untreated, fatty deposits can build up in the walls of your
blood vessels causing them to narrow.
Sometimes, these narrowed blood vessels can get blocked
which can cut off the blood supply to the heart or brain leading
to a heart attack or a stroke. By lowering your cholesterol levels,
you can reduce your risk of having a heart attack, a stroke or
related health problems.
You need to keep taking CRESTOR, even if it has got your
cholesterol to the right level, because it prevents your
cholesterol levels from creeping up again and causing build
up of fatty deposits. However, you should stop if your doctor
tells you to do so, or you have become pregnant.

2) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU
TAKE CRESTOR
Do not take CRESTOR:
 If you have ever had an allergic reaction to CRESTOR,
or to any of its ingredients.
 If you are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you become
pregnant while taking CRESTOR stop taking it
immediately and tell your doctor. Women should avoid
becoming pregnant while taking CRESTOR by using
suitable contraception.
 If you have liver disease.
 If you have severe kidney problems.
 If you have repeated or unexplained muscle aches or
pains.
 If you take a drug called ciclosporin (used, for example,
after organ transplants)
If any of the above applies to you (or you are in doubt), please
go back and see your doctor.
In addition, do not take CRESTOR 40 mg (the highest
dose):
 If you have moderate kidney problems (if in doubt,
please ask your doctor).
 If your thyroid gland is not working properly.
 If you have had any repeated or unexplained muscle
aches or pains, a personal or family history of muscle
problems, or a previous history of muscle problems when
taking other cholesterol-lowering medicines.
 If you regularly drink large amounts of alcohol.
 If you are of Asian origin (Japanese, Chinese, Filipino,
Vietnamese, Korean and Indian).



If you take other medicines called fibrates to lower your
cholesterol.
If any of the above applies to you (or you are in doubt), please
go back and see your doctor.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking CRESTOR.
 If you have problems with your kidneys.
 If you have problems with your liver.
 If you have had repeated or unexplained muscle aches
or pains, a personal or family history of muscle problems,
or a previous history of muscle problems when taking other
cholesterol-lowering medicines. Tell your doctor
immediately if you have unexplained muscle aches or pains
especially if you feel unwell or have a fever. Also tell your
doctor or pharmacist if you have a muscle weakness that is
constant.
 If you regularly drink large amounts of alcohol.
 If your thyroid gland is not working properly.
 If you take other medicines called fibrates to lower your
cholesterol. Please read this leaflet carefully, even if you
have taken other medicines for high cholesterol before.
 If you take medicines used to treat the HIV infection e.g.
ritonavir with lopinavir and/or atazanavir, please see Other
medicines and CRESTOR.
 If you take antibiotics containing fusidic acid, please see
Other medicines and CRESTOR.
Children and adolescents
 If the patient is under 6 years old: CRESTOR should not
be given to children younger than 6 years.
 If the patient is below 18 years of age: The CRESTOR 40
mg tablet is not suitable for use in children and adolescents
below 18 years of age.
 If you are over 70 (as your doctor needs to choose the
right start dose of CRESTOR to suit you)
 If you have severe respiratory failure.
 If you are of Asian origin – that is Japanese, Chinese,
Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and Indian. Your doctor needs
to choose the right start dose of CRESTOR to suit you.
If any of the above applies to you (or if you are not sure):
 Do not take CRESTOR 40 mg (the highest dose) and
check with your doctor or pharmacist before you
actually start taking any dose of CRESTOR.
In a small number of people, statins can affect the liver. This is
identified by a simple test which looks for increased levels of
liver enzymes in the blood. For this reason, your doctor will
usually carry out this blood test (liver function test) before and
during treatment with CRESTOR.
While you are on this medicine your doctor will monitor you
closely if you have diabetes or are at risk of developing
diabetes. You are likely to be at risk of developing diabetes if
you have high levels of sugars and fats in your blood, are
overweight and have high blood pressure.
Other medicines and CRESTOR
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any other medicines.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
ciclosporin (used for example, after organ transplants), warfarin
or clopidogrel (or any other drug used for thinning the blood),
fibrates (such as gemfibrozil, fenofibrate) or any other medicine
used to lower cholesterol (such as ezetimibe), indigestion
remedies (used to neutralise acid in your stomach),
erythromycin (an antibiotic), fusidic acid (an antibiotic – please
see Warnings and precautions), an oral contraceptive (the pill),
hormone replacement therapy or ritonavir with lopinavir and/or
atazanavir (used to treat the HIV infection – please see
Warnings and precautions). The effects of these medicines
could be changed by CRESTOR or they could change the
effects of CRESTOR.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take CRESTOR if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. If
you become pregnant while taking CRESTOR stop taking it
immediately and tell your doctor. Women should avoid
becoming pregnant while taking CRESTOR by using suitable
contraception.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any
medicine.
Driving and using machines
Most people can drive a car and operate machinery while using
CRESTOR – it will not affect their ability. However, some
people feel dizzy during treatment with CRESTOR. If you feel
dizzy, consult your doctor before attempting to drive or use
machines.
CRESTOR contains lactose.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars (lactose or milk sugar), contact your
doctor before taking CRESTOR.
For a full list of ingredients please see
Contents of the pack and other information.

3) HOW TO TAKE CRESTOR
Always take this medicine as your doctor has told you. Check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Usual doses in adults
If you are taking CRESTOR for high cholesterol:
Starting dose
Your treatment with CRESTOR must start with the 5 mg or the
10 mg dose, even if you have taken a higher dose of a different
statin before.

The choice of your start dose will depend upon:
 Your cholesterol level.
 The level of risk you have of experiencing a heart attack or
stroke.
 Whether you have a factor that may make you more
sensitive to possible side effects.
Please check with your doctor or pharmacist which start dose of
CRESTOR will best suit you.
Your doctor may decide to give you the lowest dose (5 mg) if:
 You are of Asian origin (Japanese, Chinese, Filipino,
Vietnamese, Korean and Indian).
 You are over 70 years of age.
 You have moderate kidney problems.
 You are at risk of muscle aches and pains (myopathy).
Increasing the dose and maximum daily dose
Your doctor may decide to increase your dose. This is so that
you are taking the amount of CRESTOR that is right for you. If
you started with a 5 mg dose, your doctor may decide to double
this to 10 mg, then 20 mg and then 40 mg if necessary. If you
started on 10 mg, your doctor may decide to double this to 20
mg and then 40 mg if necessary. There will be a gap of four
weeks between every dose adjustment.
The maximum daily dose of CRESTOR is 40 mg. It is only for
patients with high cholesterol levels and a high risk of heart
attacks or stroke whose cholesterol levels are not lowered
enough with 20 mg.
If you are taking CRESTOR to reduce your risk of having a
heart attack, stroke or related health problems:
The recommended dose is 20 mg daily. However, your doctor
may decide to use a lower dose if you have any of the factors
mentioned above.
Use in children and adolescents aged 6-17 years
The usual start dose is 5 mg. Your doctor may increase your
dose to find the right amount of CRESTOR for you. The
maximum daily dose of CRESTOR is 10 mg for children aged 6
to 9 years and 20 mg for children aged 10 to 17 years. Take
your dose once a day. CRESTOR 40 mg tablet should not be
used by children.
Taking your tablets
Swallow each tablet whole with a drink of water.
Take CRESTOR once daily. You can take it at any time of the
day with or without food.
Try to take your tablet at the same time every day to help you to
remember it.
Regular cholesterol checks
It is important to go back to your doctor for regular cholesterol
checks, to make sure your cholesterol has reached and is
staying at the correct level.
Your doctor may decide to increase your dose so that you are
taking the amount of CRESTOR that is right for you.
If you take more CRESTOR than you should
Contact your doctor or nearest hospital for advice.
If you go into hospital or receive treatment for another condition,
tell the medical staff that you’re taking CRESTOR.
If you forget to take CRESTOR
Don’t worry, just take your next scheduled dose at the correct
time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
dose.
If you stop taking CRESTOR
Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking CRESTOR. Your
cholesterol levels might increase again if you stop taking
CRESTOR.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4) POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
It is important that you are aware of what these side effects may
be. They are usually mild and disappear after a short time.
Stop taking CRESTOR and seek medical help immediately if
you have any of the following allergic reactions:
 Difficulty in breathing, with or without swelling of the face,
lips, tongue and/or throat
 Swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat, which may
cause difficulty in swallowing.
 Severe itching of the skin (with raised lumps).
Also, stop taking CRESTOR and talk to your doctor
immediately if you have any unusual aches or pains in your
muscles which go on for longer than you might expect. Muscle
symptoms are more common in children and adolescents than
in adults. As with other statins, a very small number of people
have experienced unpleasant muscle effects and rarely these
have gone on to become a potentially life threatening muscle
damage known as rhabdomyolysis.
Common possible side effects (these may affect between 1
in 10 and 1 in 100 patients):
 Headache
 Stomach pain
 Constipation
 Feeling sick
 Muscle pain
 Feeling weak
 Dizziness
 An increase in the amount of protein in the urine – this
usually returns to normal on its own without having to stop
taking your CRESTOR tablets (only CRESTOR 40 mg)
 Diabetes. This is more likely if you have high levels of
sugars and fats in your blood, are overweight and have high
blood pressure. Your doctor will monitor you while you are
taking this medicine.
Uncommon possible side effects (these may affect between
1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 patients):
 Rash, itching or other skin reactions



An increase in the amount of protein in the urine – this
usually returns to normal on its own without having to stop
taking your CRESTOR tablets (only CRESTOR 5 mg, 10
mg and 20 mg).
Rare possible side effects (these may affect between 1 in
1,000 and 1 in 10,000 patients):
 Severe allergic reaction – signs include swelling of the face,
lips, tongue and/or throat, difficulty in swallowing and
breathing, a severe itching of the skin (with raised lumps). If
you think you are having an allergic reaction, then stop
taking CRESTOR and seek medical help immediately
 Muscle damage in adults – as a precaution, stop taking
CRESTOR and talk to your doctor immediately if you
have any unusual aches or pains in your muscles which
go on for longer than expected
 A severe stomach pain (inflamed pancreas)
 Increase in liver enzymes in the blood
Very rare possible side effects (these may affect less than 1
in 10,000 patients):
 Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
 Hepatitis (an inflamed liver)
 Traces of blood in your urine
 Damage to the nerves of your legs and arms (such as
numbness)
 Joint pain
 Memory loss
 Breast enlargement in men (gynaecomastia)
Side effects of unknown frequency may include:
 Diarrhoea (loose stools)
 Stevens-Johnson syndrome (serious blistering condition of
the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals)
 Cough
 Shortness of breath
 Oedema (swelling)
 Sleep disturbances, including insomnia and nightmares
 Sexual difficulties
 Depression
 Breathing problems, including persistent cough and/or
shortness of breath or fever
 Tendon injury
 Muscle weakness that is constant
Reporting of side effects:
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via:
Yellow Card Scheme
Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.

5) HOW TO STORE CRESTOR






Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use CRESTOR after the expiry date which is stated
on the label after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day
of the month.
Tablets should not be thrown in your bin or put down the
drain. If they are out of date, or no longer suitable for you,
return them to your pharmacist.
Do not store above 30°C. Store in the original package.
If your medicine gets discoloured or shows any other signs
of deterioration, seek the advice of your pharmacist.

6) CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER
INFORMATION
What CRESTOR contains:
The active substance in CRESTOR is rosuvastatin.
Each film-coated tablet contains 40 mg rosuvastatin (as
rosuvastatin calcium). The other ingredients are: lactose
monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, calcium phosphate,
crospovidone, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, triacetin,
titanium dioxide (E171), red iron oxide (E172).
What CRESTOR looks like and contents of the pack
CRESTOR comes in blister packs containing 14 & 28 tablets.
CRESTOR 40 mg film-coated tablets are pink, oval and marked
with ‘ZD4522’ on one side and ‘40’ on the other side.
Manufacturer: AstraZeneca UK Ltd., Silk Road Business Park,
Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 2NA, UK.
Corden Pharma GmbH, Otto Hahn Strasse,
D-68723 Plankstadt, Germany.
AstraZeneca GmbH, Tinsdaler Weg 183,
D-22880, Wedel, Germany.
AstraZeneca Reims SAS, Parc Industriel Pompelle, Chemin de
Vrilly, BP 1050, Reims Cedex 2,F-51689, France.
NV AstraZeneca SA, Schaessestraat 15, Destelbergen,B9070, Belgium.
AstraZeneca Farmaceutica Spain S.A, LA RELVA S/N, O
Porrino, Pontevedra, E-36400, Spain.
AstraZeneca AB, 19, Forskargatan, S-15185, Sodertalje,
Sweden.
Procured from within the EU & repackaged by Product
Licence holder: Kosei Pharma UK Ltd., 956 Buckingham
Avenue, Slough Trading Estate, Slough, SL1 4NL
CRESTOR® 40 mg Film-coated Tablets,
PL: 39352/0135
POM
Leaflet date: 02.03.2015
CRESTOR® is a registered trademark of AstraZeneca UK
Ltd.
H.E.A.R.T UK – The Cholesterol Charity provides information
and advice for patients through a membership magazine, health
and diet fact sheets and a helpline manned by nurses and
dieticians.
To become a member of H.E.A.R.T UK or for further information
contact: H.E.A.R.T UK, 7 North Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire,
SL6 1PE. Helpline Number: 08454505988 open 1000-1600
from Mon-Fri.

Patient Information Leaflet

Rosuvastatin 40 mg Film-coated Tablets
(rosuvastatin calcium)
The name of your medicine is Rosuvastatin 40 mg Film-coated
Tablets, but will be referred to as ‘Rosuvastatin’ in this leaflet.
Other strengths are also available.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking
this medicine because it contains important information
for you.
 Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
 If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
 This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do
not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
signs of illness are the same as yours.
 If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1)
What Rosuvastatin is and what it is used for
2)
What you need to know before you take Rosuvastatin
3)
How to take Rosuvastatin
4)
Possible side effects
5)
How to store Rosuvastatin
6)
Contents of the pack and other information

1)

WHAT ROSUVASTATIN IS AND WHAT IT IS
USED FOR

Rosuvastatin belongs to a group of medicines called statins.
You have been prescribed Rosuvastatin because:
 You have a high cholesterol level. This means you are at
risk from a heart attack or stroke. Rosuvastatin is used in
adults, adolescents and children 6 years or older to treat
high cholesterol.
You have been advised to take a statin, because changing your
diet and taking more exercise were not enough to correct your
cholesterol levels. You should continue with your cholesterollowering diet and exercise while you are taking Rosuvastatin.
Or
 You have other factors that increase your risk of having a
heart attack, stroke or related health problems.
Heart attack, stroke and other problems can be caused by a
disease called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is due to build
up of fatty deposits in your arteries.
Why is it important to keep taking Rosuvastatin?
Rosuvastatin is used to correct the levels of fatty substances in
the blood called lipids, the most common of which is
cholesterol.
There are different types of cholesterol found in the blood -‘bad’
cholesterol (LDL-C) and ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL-C).
 Rosuvastatin can reduce the ‘bad’ cholesterol and increase
the ‘good’ cholesterol.
 It works by helping to block your body’s production of ‘bad’
cholesterol. It also improves your body’s ability to remove it
from your blood.
For most people, high cholesterol does not affect the way they
feel because it does not produce any symptoms. However, if it
is left untreated, fatty deposits can build up in the walls of your
blood vessels causing them to narrow.
Sometimes, these narrowed blood vessels can get blocked
which can cut off the blood supply to the heart or brain leading
to a heart attack or a stroke. By lowering your cholesterol levels,
you can reduce your risk of having a heart attack, a stroke or
related health problems.
You need to keep taking Rosuvastatin, even if it has got your
cholesterol to the right level, because it prevents your
cholesterol levels from creeping up again and causing buildup of fatty deposits. However, you should stop if your doctor
tells you to do so, or you have become pregnant.

2) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU
TAKE ROSUVASTATIN
Do not take Rosuvastatin:
 If you have ever had an allergic reaction to
Rosuvastatin, or to any of its ingredients.
 If you are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you become
pregnant while taking Rosuvastatin stop taking it
immediately and tell your doctor. Women should avoid
becoming pregnant while taking Rosuvastatin by using
suitable contraception.
 If you have liver disease.
 If you have severe kidney problems.
 If you have repeated or unexplained muscle aches or
pains.
 If you take a drug called ciclosporin (used, for example,
after organ transplants)
If any of the above applies to you (or you are in doubt), please
go back and see your doctor.
In addition, do not take Rosuvastatin 40 mg (the highest
dose):
 If you have moderate kidney problems (if in doubt,
please ask your doctor).
 If your thyroid gland is not working properly.
 If you have had any repeated or unexplained muscle
aches or pains,
 a personal or family history of muscle problems, or a
previous history of muscle problems when taking other
cholesterol-lowering medicines.
 If you regularly drink large amounts of alcohol.
 If you are of Asian origin (Japanese, Chinese, Filipino,
Vietnamese, Korean and Indian).



If you take other medicines called fibrates to lower your
cholesterol.
If any of the above applies to you (or you are in doubt), please
go back and see your doctor.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Rosuvastatin
 If you have problems with your kidneys.
 If you have problems with your liver.
 If you have had repeated or unexplained muscle aches
or pains, a personal or family history of muscle problems,
or a previous history of muscle problems when taking other
cholesterol-lowering medicines. Tell your doctor
immediately if you have unexplained muscle aches or pains
especially if you feel unwell or have a fever. Also tell your
doctor or pharmacist if you have a muscle weakness that is
constant.
 If you regularly drink large amounts of alcohol.
 If your thyroid gland is not working properly.
 If you take other medicines called fibrates to lower your
cholesterol. Please read this leaflet carefully, even if you
have taken other medicines for high cholesterol before.
 If you take medicines used to treat the HIV infection e.g.
ritonavir with lopinavir and/or atazanavir, please see Other
medicines and Rosuvastatin.
 If you take antibiotics containing fusidic acid, please see
Other medicines and Rosuvastatin.
Children and adolescents
 If the patient is under 6 years old: Rosuvastatin should
not be given to children younger than 6 years.
 If the patient is below 18 years of age: The Rosuvastatin
40 mg tablet is not suitable for use in children and
adolescents below 18 years of age.
 If you are over 70 (as your doctor needs to choose the
right start dose of Rosuvastatin to suit you).
 If you have severe respiratory failure.
 If you are of Asian origin – that is Japanese, Chinese,
Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and Indian. Your doctor needs
to choose the right start dose of Rosuvastatin to suit you.
If any of the above applies to you (or if you are not sure):
 Do not take Rosuvastatin 40 mg (the highest dose) and
check with your doctor or pharmacist before you
actually start taking any dose of Rosuvastatin.
In a small number of people, statins can affect the liver. This is
identified by a simple test which looks for increased levels of
liver enzymes in the blood. For this reason, your doctor will
usually carry out this blood test (liver function test) before and
during treatment with Rosuvastatin.
While you are on this medicine your doctor will monitor you
closely if you have diabetes or are at risk of developing
diabetes. You are likely to be at risk of developing diabetes if
you have high levels of sugars and fats in your blood, are
overweight and have high blood pressure.
Other medicines and Rosuvastatin
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any other medicines.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
ciclosporin (used for example, after organ transplants), warfarin
or clopidogrel (or any other drug used for thinning the blood),
fibrates (such as gemfibrozil, fenofibrate) or any other medicine
used to lower cholesterol (such as ezetimibe), indigestion
remedies (used to neutralise acid in your stomach),
erythromycin (an antibiotic), fusidic acid (an antibiotic – please
see Warnings and precautions), an oral contraceptive (the pill),
hormone replacement therapy or ritonavir with lopinavir and/or
atazanavir (used to treat the HIV infection – please see
Warnings and precautions). The effects of these medicines
could be changed by Rosuvastatin or they could change the
effects of Rosuvastatin.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take Rosuvastatin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking Rosuvastatin stop
taking it immediately and tell your doctor. Women should
avoid becoming pregnant while taking Rosuvastatin by using
suitable contraception.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any
medicine.
Driving and using machines
Most people can drive a car and operate machinery while using
Rosuvastatin – it will not affect their ability. However, some
people feel dizzy during treatment with Rosuvastatin. If you feel
dizzy, consult your doctor before attempting to drive or use
machines.
Rosuvastatin contains lactose.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an
intolerance to some sugars (lactose or milk sugar), contact your
doctor before taking Rosuvastatin.
For a full list of ingredients please see
Contents of the pack and other information.

3) HOW TO TAKE ROSUVASTATIN
Always take this medicine as your doctor has told you. Check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Usual doses in adults
If you are taking Rosuvastatin for high cholesterol:
Starting dose
Your treatment with Rosuvastatin must start with the 5 mg or
the 10 mg dose, even if you have taken a higher dose of a
different statin before.

The choice of your start dose will depend upon:
 Your cholesterol level.
 The level of risk you have of experiencing a heart attack or
stroke.
 Whether you have a factor that may make you more
sensitive to possible side effects.
Please check with your doctor or pharmacist which start dose of
Rosuvastatin will best suit you.
Your doctor may decide to give you the lowest dose (5 mg) if:
 You are of Asian origin (Japanese, Chinese, Filipino,
Vietnamese, Korean and Indian).
 You are over 70 years of age.
 You have moderate kidney problems.
 You are at risk of muscle aches and pains (myopathy).
Increasing the dose and maximum daily dose
Your doctor may decide to increase your dose. This is so that
you are taking the amount of Rosuvastatin that is right for you.
If you started with a 5 mg dose, your doctor may decide to
double this to 10 mg, then 20 mg and then 40 mg if necessary.
If you started on 10 mg, your doctor may decide to double this
to 20 mg and then 40 mg if necessary. There will be a gap of
four weeks between every dose adjustment.
The maximum daily dose of Rosuvastatin is 40 mg. It is only for
patients with high cholesterol levels and a high risk of heart
attacks or stroke whose cholesterol levels are not lowered
enough with 20 mg.
If you are taking Rosuvastatin to reduce your risk of having
a heart attack, stroke or related health problems:
The recommended dose is 20 mg daily. However, your doctor
may decide to use a lower dose if you have any of the factors
mentioned above.
Use in children and adolescents aged 6-17 years
The usual start dose is 5 mg. Your doctor may increase your
dose to find the right amount of Rosuvastatin for you. The
maximum daily dose of Rosuvastatin is 10 mg for children aged
6 to 9 years and 20 mg for children aged 10 to 17 years. Take
your dose once a day. Rosuvastatin 40 mg tablet should not be
used by children.
Taking your tablets
Swallow each tablet whole with a drink of water.
Take Rosuvastatin once daily. You can take it at any time of
the day with or without food.
Try to take your tablet at the same time every day to help you to
remember it.
Regular cholesterol checks
It is important to go back to your doctor for regular cholesterol
checks, to make sure your cholesterol has reached and is
staying at the correct level.
Your doctor may decide to increase your dose so that you are
taking the amount of Rosuvastatin that is right for you.
If you take more Rosuvastatin than you should
Contact your doctor or nearest hospital for advice.
If you go into hospital or receive treatment for another condition,
tell the medical staff that you’re taking Rosuvastatin.
If you forget to take Rosuvastatin
Don’t worry, just take your next scheduled dose at the correct
time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten
dose.
If you stop taking Rosuvastatin
Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking Rosuvastatin. Your
cholesterol levels might increase again if you stop taking
Rosuvastatin.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4) POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
It is important that you are aware of what these side effects may
be. They are usually mild and disappear after a short time.
Stop taking Rosuvastatin and seek medical help
immediately if you have any of the following allergic reactions:
 Difficulty in breathing, with or without swelling of the face,
lips, tongue and/or throat
 Swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat, which may
cause difficulty in swallowing.
 Severe itching of the skin (with raised lumps).
Also, stop taking Rosuvastatin and talk to your doctor
immediately if you have any unusual aches or pains in your
muscles which go on for longer than you might expect. Muscle
symptoms are more common in children and adolescents than
in adults. As with other statins, a very small number of people
have experienced unpleasant muscle effects and rarely these
have gone on to become a potentially life threatening muscle
damage known as rhabdomyolysis.
Common possible side effects (these may affect between 1
in 10 and 1 in 100 patients):
 Headache
 Stomach pain
 Constipation
 Feeling sick
 Muscle pain
 Feeling weak
 Dizziness
 An increase in the amount of protein in the urine – this
usually returns to normal on its own without having to stop
taking your Rosuvastatin tablets (only Rosuvastatin 40 mg)
 Diabetes. This is more likely if you have high levels of
sugars and fats in your blood, are overweight and have high
blood pressure. Your doctor will monitor you while you are
taking this medicine.

Uncommon possible side effects (these may affect between
1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 patients):
 Rash, itching or other skin reactions
 An increase in the amount of protein in the urine – this
usually returns to normal on its own without having to stop
taking your Rosuvastatin tablets (only Rosuvastatin 5 mg,
10 mg and 20 mg).
Rare possible side effects (these may affect between 1 in
1,000 and 1 in 10,000 patients):
 Severe allergic reaction – signs include swelling of the face,
lips, tongue and/or throat, difficulty in swallowing and
breathing, a severe itching of the skin (with raised lumps). If
you think you are having an allergic reaction, then stop
taking Rosuvastatin and seek medical help immediately
 Muscle damage in adults – as a precaution, stop taking
Rosuvastatin and talk to your doctor immediately if you
have any unusual aches or pains in your muscles which
go on for longer than expected
 A severe stomach pain (inflamed pancreas)
 Increase in liver enzymes in the blood
Very rare possible side effects (these may affect less than 1
in 10,000 patients):
 Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
 Hepatitis (an inflamed liver)
 Traces of blood in your urine
 Damage to the nerves of your legs and arms (such as
numbness)
 Joint pain
 Memory loss
 Breast enlargement in men (gynaecomastia)
Side effects of unknown frequency may include:
 Diarrhoea (loose stools)
 Stevens-Johnson syndrome (serious blistering condition of
the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals)
 Cough
 Shortness of breath
 Oedema (swelling)
 Sleep disturbances, including insomnia and nightmares
 Sexual difficulties
 Depression
 Breathing problems, including persistent cough and/or
shortness of breath or fever
 Tendon injury
 Muscle weakness that is constant
Reporting of side effects:
If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via:
Yellow Card Scheme
Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information
on the safety of this medicine.

5) HOW TO STORE ROSUVASTATIN






Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Rosuvastatin after the expiry date which is
stated on the label after EXP. The expiry date refers to the
last day of the month.
Tablets should not be thrown in your bin or put down the
drain. If they are out of date, or no longer suitable for you,
return them to your pharmacist.
Do not store above 30°C. Store in the original package.
If your medicine gets discoloured or shows any other signs
of deterioration, seek the advice of your pharmacist.

6) CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER
INFORMATION
What Rosuvastatin contains:
The active substance in Rosuvastatin is rosuvastatin.
Each film-coated tablet contains 40 mg rosuvastatin (as
rosuvastatin calcium). The other ingredients are: lactose
monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, calcium phosphate,
crospovidone, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, triacetin,
titanium dioxide (E171), red iron oxide (E172).
What Rosuvastatin looks like and contents of the pack
Rosuvastatin comes in blister packs containing 14 & 28 tablets.
Rosuvastatin 40 mg film-coated tablets are pink, oval and
marked with ‘ZD4522’ on one side and ‘40’ on the other side.
Manufacturer: AstraZeneca UK Ltd., Silk Road Business Park,
Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 2NA, UK.
Corden Pharma GmbH, Otto Hahn Strasse,
D-68723 Plankstadt, Germany.
AstraZeneca GmbH, Tinsdaler Weg 183,
D-22880, Wedel, Germany.
AstraZeneca Reims SAS, Parc Industriel Pompelle, Chemin de
Vrilly, BP 1050, Reims Cedex 2, F-51689, France.
NV AstraZeneca SA, Schaessestraat 15, Destelbergen, B9070, Belgium.
AstraZeneca Farmaceutica Spain S.A, LA RELVA S/N, O
Porrino, Pontevedra, E-36400, Spain.
AstraZeneca AB, 19, Forskargatan, S-15185, Sodertalje,
Sweden.
Procured from within the EU & repackaged by Product
Licence holder: Kosei Pharma UK Ltd., 956 Buckingham
Avenue, Slough Trading Estate, Slough, SL1 4NL.
Rosuvastatin 40 mg Film-coated Tablets,
PL: 39352/0135
POM
Leaflet date: 02.03.2015
H.E.A.R.T UK – The Cholesterol Charity provides information
and advice for patients through a membership magazine, health
and diet fact sheets and a helpline manned by nurses and
dieticians.
To become a member of H.E.A.R.T UK or for further information
contact: H.E.A.R.T UK, 7 North Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire,
SL6 1PE.
Helpline Number: 08454505988 open 1000-1600 from Mon-Fri.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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