Crestor® (rosuvastatin calcium) is a prescription medication used for treating a number of conditions related to heart disease, including high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Approved uses of Crestor include:
*Lowering cholesterol in people with high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia). Crestor can reduce total cholesterol, LDL ("bad cholesterol"), ApoB, non-HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides -- as well as raise HDL ("good cholesterol").
*Lowering triglycerides in people with high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia).
*As an add-on treatment in people with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia to help lower total and LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol.
*Treating dysbetalipoproteinemia, a rare genetic condition characterized by high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
*Slowing the progression of atherosclerosis (a 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.
Crestor works by blocking a particular enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. This causes the liver to make less cholesterol. The medication also: Increases the liver's ability to collect and get rid of LDL cholesterol; increases HDL cholesterol; decreases triglycerides.
Cholesterol treatment begins with lifestyle changes (weight loss, exercise, and diet). If lifestyle changes alone do not lower cholesterol enough, medication such as Crestor may be necessary.
The main goal of high cholesterol medication is to lower LDL cholesterol levels enough to reduce your risk of developing problems related to high cholesterol, such as heart disease or heart attack. The higher your risk, the lower your LDL goal will be.
Since Crestor can lower LDL cholesterol (along with lowering total cholesterol and increasing HDL), a person can lower his or her risk for developing certain health problems in the future by taking the medication.
In previous research studies, people taking Crestor for high cholesterol treatment were able to, on average:
* Decrease LDL cholesterol by up to 63%
* Decrease triglycerides by up to 35%
* Decreases ApoB cholesterol by up to 54%
* Decrease total cholesterol by up to 46%
* Raise HDL by up to 14%.
In general, greater responses were seen with higher Crestor doses.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Crestor. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by your healthcare provider.
The most common side effects are: Headaches; joint pain; nausea; muscle pain or tenderness; constipation; nausea; body weakness (asthenia).
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