What is Crestor?
Crestor (rosuvastatin) is part of a group of medications known as ‘statins‘. It limits the body’s ability to produce ‘bad’ low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and helps to remove it from circulation, effectively reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke. This treatment also promotes an increase in levels of ‘good’ high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in the body.
How does it work?
Produced naturally by the body, cholesterol is a necessary part of cell development and maintenance. However, if the level of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol is too high, then the walls of the arteries can become clogged by fatty deposits, potentially leading to heart complications further down the line. Crestor (rosuvastatin) limits the body’s ability to create LDL cholesterol and lowers the level of triglycerides – a type of fat, in the body, helping to reduce the frequency and size of fatty deposits that can clog the arteries. Coupled with regular exercise and healthy eating habits the user can experience an increase in HDL (high density lipoprotein) which helps in removing excess cholesterol.
High cholesterol can lead to serious health problems such as angina, coronary heart disease or atherosclerosis. However, cholesterol levels and the risk of any future complications can be lessened by simple lifestyle changes and use of statin medication such as Crestor. Other benefits can include:
- Improving your blood pressure, and limiting the risk of diabetes and the potency of heart conditions.
- Stronger potency compared to Lipitor statin
- Results can be experienced in as little as 3-4 weeks of use, although results may vary
Who can take Crestor?
If you are over the age of 18, need to reduce your cholesterol levels or are at risk of cardiovascular complications due to high cholesterol levels then you should be suitable for the treatment. If you have already been prescribed the medication by your doctor, then you can buy Crestor online here also.
During your online consultation you will be required to enter information about your health, including current or past medical problems and medications you are taking. This data is important as Crestor (rosuvastatin) may not be the most effective medication for everyone and providing the correct details can help our doctor ensure you are safe to use this treatment.
Who should not take Crestor?
You cannot take Crestor statin medication if you are allergic to rosuvastatin calcium or other ingredients in the medication. or i Other conditions that may prevent suitability for this treatment include:
- Those that suffer from seizures, high or low levels of potassium, severe infection or severely low blood pressure
- Those using ciclosporin, and women that are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- People suffering from high cholesterol or heart related problems.
- Those with liver problems or who drink high amounts of alcohol
It is best to provide accurate information when filling out the medical consultation as it allows the doctor to make an informed decision about suitability. Crestor (rosuvastatin) should be taken in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise regime to ensure the best results.
How to use Crestor
Crestor (rosuvastatin) is available in doses of 5mg, 10mg, 20mg and 40mg. It is initially suggested to start your treatment on the lowest dose unless you have already been using this treatment at a higher dosage with no adverse effects. Similarly, in some cases the lower dosage may be ineffective and so a higher dose will be recommended to improve the chances of success. This treatment should:
- Be taken once daily, not exceeding the prescribed dose
- Not be taken with citrus fruits such as grapefruit as this can lead to an increased chance of negative side-effects
- Be taken together with a changed lifestyle consisting of a low-fat diet and regular exercise
Regular tests should be taken to monitor the progress of your cholesterol level and to monitor whether the treatment is working effectively.
Crestor Side Effects
Though side effects are not too common in statins, they are always possible when using prescription medication. Side effects of Crestor may include:
- Fever, swelling, itchy skin, difficulty breathing, muscle aches/cramps or unusual tiredness
Ensure you read the patient information leaflet for a more detailed view of the possible side effects that can be experienced. Some side effects that occur may not need medical intervention as it may just mean that the body is becoming accustomed to the medication.
Common side effects such as constipation, cramps and headaches may occur in 1 in 100 patients and would not normally be cause for concern. However, if any side-effects persist then you should speak to a healthcare professional who can tell you whether to stop taking Crestor, lower the dose or use an alternative statin
FAQs – Crestor (Rosuvastatin)
What are statins used for?
Statins are used to lower high cholesterol levels in the body, in particular, reducing the amount of LDL (low density lipoprotein) produced by the liver thereby lowering the chance of future vascular problems
How do statins work to lower cholesterol in the body?
HMG-CoA is the active enzyme that produces LDL (bad) cholesterol in the liver. Statins are in a class of medication known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors that work by inhibiting the action of this enzyme which in turn reduces the amount of LDL produced whilst positively affecting HDL.
What are the different types of statins available?
There are currently 5 types of statins available for the treatment of high cholesterol, these include:
- Simvastatin, fluvastatin, atorvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin
Whilst all these statins work in similar ways to lower LDL (low density lipoproteins) production, they also have minor differences that are beneficial for specific users. For example, certain statins as well as reducing the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol also promote increased levels of HDL ‘good’ cholesterol. Other statins work for a longer period in the body, whilst others are absorbed by the body at a faster rate.
Can I lower my risk of heart disease if I lower my cholesterol?
Yes, consistently high levels of cholesterol in particular LDL (bad) can have a long term effect on the body’s vascular function. This is due to the plaque build up in the arteries due to fatty deposits because of the lipids and triglycerides contained in LDL. By lowering your cholesterol levels, the body does not have to work harder to pump blood around the body, and there is less chance of cardiac arrest, as the arterial walls would not be clogged up by the fatty deposits.
Can statins increase the risk of diabetes?
It has been highly debated regarding the link of statins and diabetes, and the question – can statins cause diabetes? Studies have shown that the use of statins can increase the body’s blood sugar levels, which could lead to type 2 diabetes. It is essential that tests are carried out before and during statin treatment as your doctor can safely advise if it is wise to continue statin treatment. In general terms though, it is said that the benefits of statin treatment outweigh the risks.
What is the difference between Crestor and Lipitor?
On a base level both statins work in the same way to reduce cholesterol levels in the body. It has been shown in some studies though, that patients using Crestor experienced marginally better results compared to Lipitor including increased reduction of fatty build up in the arteries with fewer serious side effects at a lower dosage. A trial showed that after 24 weeks, Crestor 40mg raised HDL levels by over 8% compared to 2% when using Lipitor 80mg.
Is there a generic version of Crestor available soon?
Currently there are no generic versions of this statin and any claiming to be are simply different medication. Other statin variants may have generic versions such as Lipitor ( atorvastatin)