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Crestor User Reviews & Ratings

Crestor has an average rating of 5.7 out of 10 from a total of 134 reviews on Drugs.com. 45% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 35% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Crestor

  • True
  • August 30, 2019

For High Cholesterol "Delayed side effects. Took years to realize statins (including Crestor) give me memory loss big time and muscle pain and mood issues. And now I'm discovering risk from high LDL is massively exaggerated. Having sufficient HDL and low triglycerides are what matter. If you know someone losing memory, ask them to think back if it started getting worse within a year of starting statins. Why? Because someone once did that for me."

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  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • February 4, 2020

For High Cholesterol "My P.A. insisted I take this drug because of high cholesterol, despite my having taken a different statin drug at an earlier time and have had to give it up due to muscle pain. I took Rosuvastatin for years. The P.A.'s advice was to start drinking coffee to give me more energy. That only made me hyper. A friend looked up the side effects of all my meds and told me to stop taking Rosuvastatin which I did. Lo and behold, I can now get off the couch, get up on time, and feel like a whole different person. If I die from high cholesterol at least I will have been alive again before dying."

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  • April 5, 2016

For High Cholesterol "I'm 45 years old and have always felt like I was in good health. Non-smoker and have never had a weight problem. However, blood tests from the last few years have revealed that I have a problem with high cholesterol and triglycerides. Eight weeks ago, when my triglyceride number was a shocking 583 and LDL over 200, my doctor insisted that I needed some help to bring these numbers into a healthy range. Reluctantly, I agreed. I was prescribed 20mg of Crestor daily at bedtime. It scared me to death to read reviews on Crestor and statin drugs in general, and I almost didn't even give it a chance but also committed to making some changes in lifestyle. For example, I started skipping most of the sweet, fatty foods and actually paying attention to serving sizes and TRYING to stick closer to recommended allowances. I have also been going on brisk, half-hour walks at least 5 days a week. Nothing tremendously difficult but something that has required consistency. After eight weeks of using Crestor and living a little differently, I am happy to report that my Triglycerides are now down to a mere 67 and my LDL level is down to 57. I’ve also lost 15lbs and I wasn’t overweight to begin with. I expected the numbers to show improvement, but I was shocked to see them this good! What's more is that I have not noticed any of the negative side effects mentioned by so many. Trust me, I was looking out for those for any excuse to stop taking it. I will mention a positive side effect I was not expecting. I've been burdened with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for many years. I've just lived with it and been careful about how long I might be away from a bathroom. Interestingly enough, since I have been on Crestor, I have been much more regular and, well, solid. Maybe that is TMI but I have appreciated the change. People seem to be more motivated to write a review about anything if they are displeased. I'm taking a different approach, my experience with Crestor, so far, has been very good and I am very excited about the results."

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  • Moano
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • September 22, 2019

For High Cholesterol "After being on Crestor, it initially brought down my levels significantly within a month. However, after 3 months, I began to feel somewhat depressed, have joint aches, feel unmotivated, experience fatigue, and overall muscle weakness. Grabbing a case of water at the market was beginning to make me feel like an old lady. I stopped taking the medication and within a week I started to feel better. I could tell that my overall health was compromised. I would not take this again."

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  • Joe
  • May 28, 2020

For High Cholesterol "I have been on 40mg Rosuvastatin with 10mg ezetimibe since December 4, 2019. This medication has its morning aftermath of not feeling yourself, and some days it lasts all day. Does anyone else have these symptoms with this medication?"

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • August 12, 2019

For High Cholesterol "My doctor switched me to Crestor because, he said, it is stronger, and he is a real cholesterol hound. No blood tests. Six months later I needed a new hip, and failed the pre-op medical with bad kidney numbers - the surgeon said come back with good kidneys. A GP suggested I stop the rosuvastatin and in 10 days, I was within limits. Everyone was amazed at the huge improvement. As I'm 82, I'll just skip the statin."

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  • Oak
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • May 11, 2020

For High Cholesterol "Never been on a statin, early 50's, fit/active, recently prescribed Crestor 20mg once a day. Within 2-3 months, my muscles and joints became very sore. Think of how you feel the day after a hard workout, now I was feeling like that every day but never doing a hard workout. This was miserable. Went to my doctor and she suggested to stop it for 2 weeks and see if I feel better. By day 3, I already feel 80% better. I'm sure this works for some but sadly not for me."

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  • Batty
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • May 5, 2020

For High Cholesterol "I lost my thyroid to cancer and have been experiencing extremely high cholesterol ever since. Yes, low thyroid hormones can increase your cholesterol levels. I started Crestor (5mg), the lowest dose I could go on, and I have experienced just about every bad reaction you could possibly get. At first, it did not register in my head that my INCREASE in muscle pains, ankle pains, pin-point bleeding on lower legs, and memory issues along with crazy breathlessness could be related to the Crestor, until I forgot to take it and ALL of my pains disappeared. I still didn’t connect the dots until I took the Crestor again and again I got these crippling pains. I stopped the pill and pains disappeared. I did this several times and each time the same results. Overall, this drug reduced my cholesterol levels, but not significantly since my dose was so low. The crippling pain was hardly worth it!"

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  • aldru
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • June 26, 2019

For High Cholesterol "I was prescribed Crestor 10mg as my cholesterol was high, even though my blood pressure was normal. I experienced mild muscle and joint pain during the first 3 months. As it affected my liver function, as shown in blood test results, my GP advised me to lower the dose to 5mg. To save costs, I purchased 10mg generic brand and took it every other day. After 2 months, I noticed I had dark urine and quite severe upper arm/shoulder pain. After stopping the medication, my urine reverted to normal color; however, I am still having arm/shoulder pain after 3 months. Not sure if the pain will go away or will be permanent! I would never take Crestor or any statin again."

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  • Pcano
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • March 4, 2020

For High Cholesterol "Was on simvastatin for two years. Had angina and two stents put in. It has now been 5 months on Crestor 20mg and Brilinta. Went to cardio rehab for 12 weeks. During cardio rehab, I noticed how sore my hips were getting even hours later off the treadmill. The joint aches and muscle pain are all over my body. The cardio doctor thinks it's Brilinta and Crestor interaction, but all the other doctors say it's probably Crestor. I can't sleep at night and when I get up, I'm so stiff and sore all over. So I'm going to back off the Crestor and hope I can recover."

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  • K9Sco...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • September 14, 2016

For High Cholesterol "I've taken most of the statins. I ALWAYS ended up with leg cramps. At 44, I had to have a stent placed due to a 95% blockage. And that's when I started seeing my cardiologist. Upon hearing of the leg cramps, he ran a simple blood test and told me that my vitamin D was extremely low (4) and the real cause of the cramps. I now take 50k IU of vitamin D 3x weekly. I have NEVER had a cramp on Crestor, except when I forgot to take my vitamin D. As soon as I started the D back up, the cramps ceased. Even at 50k IU 3x weekly, my regular blood tests indicate that my vitamin D is now in the normal range (>29). And my cholesterol went from over 300 to down around 150. If you have cramps, I recommend the D check."

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  • Chris
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 24, 2020

For High Cholesterol "My husband was given Crestor after a heart attack. Within four weeks, he became seriously ill with nausea, no appetite, pain in upper abdomen, headaches, and muscle pain. Within three days of its removal, he was fine with none of the above symptoms. I will be watching his meds in the future."

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  • dreamer
  • December 11, 2016

For High Cholesterol "After a few years of taking Crestor (which worked fine for its intended purpose), I suddenly developed a severe case of sciatica. I couldn't stand, sit, walk, lie down, or do any other activity without terrible pain up and down the back of my left leg. I was tested for everything, including MRI and using Novocaine and other painkillers. Nothing helped. After five months of constant pain, my doctor suggested discontinuing Crestor. The pain was completely gone within a week. Come to find out, my sciatic nerve passed through my Piriformis muscle instead of around it like in most people. The Crestor had caused toxicity in the Piriformis muscle, which caused it to squeeze the sciatic nerve continuously, resulting in continuous pain."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 20, 2017

For High Cholesterol "Had high cholesterol started on crestor.Sense then my life a nightmare. Leg cramps, joint pain swelling, memory loss ,extreme fatigue and now they have diagnosed me with an unknown issue. All since crestor I am stopping ..never sick a day in my life..these medications will make us sicker. ."

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  • Resis...
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • March 26, 2013

For High Cholesterol "Taking 2.5 mg per day (that's half a 5 mg pill). This much lowered my cholesterol from 248 to 193, and LDL from 168 to 125. Not perfect but good enough. Started out with 10 mg a day that gave me muscle cramps and elevated liver enzymes (AST and ALT). Doc had me try some other statins but they all had the same effect. So we lowered the Crestor dose until the side effects stopped. Works great and no noticeable side effects."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 21, 2021

For High Cholesterol "I've been on 10mg of Crestor for 4 months. The past two months I've noticed hair loss, I am no going to take them anymore. I was put on Lipitor first and that gave me sore leg muscles. I am going to try home remedies and stay away from ice cream and cake."

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  • MeR
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 26, 2020

For High Cholesterol "Start taking 10 mg yesterday. After about 2 hours, I had severe leg cramps. Yesterday, I thought it was maybe flu or something. Then, today again after a couple of hours of taking it, the cramps and weakness started. There is no way I am taking this again. I rather die of heart attack than be on wheelchair."

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  • Sandra...
  • May 25, 2016

For High Cholesterol "At age 65, my cholesterol reading crept past borderline to high. I was put on 5mg of Crestor. After only one month, my LDL went from 167 to 79. At first, I took it at bedtime but noticed some minor leg pain. I switched to taking it with the evening meal, and the pain stopped."

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  • Bill
  • March 6, 2019

For High Cholesterol "Could not get up from a chair after taking Crestor generic. Then I stopped taking the drug two weeks ago and still have trouble with muscle weakness and pain. It is very painful to enter a car and to sleep at night. I failed to mention the problems with my joints in my fingers and toes stiffness and cramps."

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  • Jack
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • November 1, 2020

For High Cholesterol "Been on Crestor for about a year. Cholesterol about 260 and I’m 55 years old but all my life I’ve been fit and lean and my cholesterol has always been around 220 since I’m 18 years old! My good cholesterol (HDL) is on the high side but of course the bad one (LDL) seems to be creeping keeping up! My issue is my elbows started hurting with pain pricks and sharp pain knife feeling so I went to the doctor and she told me to stop taking the medicine for a couple of weeks to see if the pain would go away. The pain didn’t go away and I went back on it. Only 5mg. I’m feeling fatigue, muscle seem to feel weak and I’m not sure if it’s from the medicine or just my age, also gained a little bit of weight. If anyone has any comments please let me know thank you! Also my triglycerides used to be very low and since taking this medicine they went up at least by 50"

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  • Brend...
  • October 14, 2016

For High Cholesterol "For about 6 years, my physician prescribed Lipitor for high cholesterol. I couldn't take it due to muscle cramps. After that, I was prescribed Zocor, Pravachol, and finally the orange drink Colestipol. I always had adverse side effects so I decided to stop trying. I lost 20 pounds, but before the cholesterol dropped with any real significance, I regained the weight. The physician kept saying my cholesterol was dangerously high, but I did not want the side effects. I had to change insurance companies, which meant a new physician. This one said the same along with a bit of a lecture. She prescribed Crestor, 5mg per day. After 3 months with no side effects, it went from 280 to 155. I couldn't believe it. I am 60 years old."

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  • RJ Ta...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • March 17, 2014

For High Cholesterol "I have been on Crestor 10 mg for 2 years now. I feel better, but lately I am having some serious right hip joint pains. I am in good health, never had any sort of joint pain. Now I notice each time I take Crestor, I can barely walk due to very intense deep hip joint pains. I have to stop taking this medication."

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  • ankab...
  • May 10, 2013

For High Cholesterol "I took Crestor 10 mg for more than 10 years. It did an excellent job reducing my LDL. But, through years I developed joint pains, which doctors could not explain. Once a friend told me my joint pain could be a result of Crestor, so to test it out I stopped taking it and sure enough only in a few months, no more pain in any of my joints for the past 1 year, since I have stopped taking Crestor."

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  • Lafla...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 29, 2018

For High Cholesterol "I’m using Crestor for my cholesterol but I have noticed I’m getting horrible leg pains. Is this a side effect of this medicine. Does anybody else has experience the same side effects or this is normal."

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  • mandaD
  • April 23, 2014

For High Cholesterol "LDL was 124. Took 10mg Crestor 3 times a week. Six weeks later my LDL is down to 54. Doc says to go down to 2 pills a week, which will maintain the lower cholesterol number. No muscle cramps or joint pains with taking it a couple times a week instead of every day and it's just as effective. Even if I did have cramps or joint pain, it would still be worth it to get my cholesterol down, reduce heart disease, and prevent dementia."

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