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What is Crestor?
Crestor (Rosuvastatin) is a drug used for lowering the amount of “bad” cholesterol and fats in the body. This includes low-density lipoprotein and various triglycerides. It is also worth noting that besides lowering the quantity of these unhealthy substances, Crestor also stimulates the production of healthy cholesterol – high density lipoprotein. It has amassed a great amount of popularity over the years, now standing as the fifth best-selling drug in the USA. This drug belongs to the class of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, also known as statins, which function by lowering cholesterol levels.

What are the indications for using Crestor?
Crestor should be taken for treating dyslipidemia, a condition characterized by an abnormally large quantity of lipids in the blood. In most cases, it is caused by an unhealthy diet or lifestyle.

This drug is also often used as a preventive measure against the following afflictions:
• Heart attack – an event when the proper amount of blood doesn’t flow into the heart, the heart muscle is damaged, and chest pain occurs, sometimes with other symptoms as well.
• Stroke – a condition affecting the brain. When the blood supply to the brain is disturbed, this causes loss of brain function, often leading to an inability to move and other impairments of the brain’s functions.
• Cardiovascular disease – a broad term that encompasses a range of diseases that affect the cardiovascular system, often being extremely devastating to the body. This is a major cause of death in the world and is often triggered by unhealthy lifestyles.

What is the dosage of Crestor?
Crestor comes in the form of tablets which must be taken orally. The tablets vary in shape and size according to the medicine dosage (5, 10, 20 and 40 mg). In most cases, the starting dose is between 10 and 20 mg, but can be increased up to 40 if the treatment is found to be ineffective after the designated period of time. This drug should be taken once a day for a term specified by your physician.

What are the contraindications for using Crestor?
Though widely suitable in most cases, there are some situations and medical conditions under which Crestor shouldn’t be taken. First of all, anyone allergic or hypersensitive to Rosuvastatin should avoid this drug. Secondly, liver disease and serum transaminase are also known to interact poorly with this drug. It is imperative that pregnant or breastfeeding mothers avoid taking this drug, as it can damage the child’s health.

What are the adverse effects of Crestor?
Studies have shown that side effects like nausea, abdominal pain, myalgia, headache, and rhabdomyolysis are possible.
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