Rosuvastatin belong to a class of drugs called statins. This drug is used along with diet changes, weight loss and exercise to combat the chances of heart attack and other heart problems. Rosuvastatin is and oral drug. This drug efficiently lowers the bad cholesterol and fats like LDL or triglycerides. This drug also raises the levels of good cholesterol or HDL in the blood.
In addition to the proper diet and exercise, many other efficient lifestyle changes are necessary. Other changes include proper exercise, losing weight and stopping smoking. It is an ideal drug for the treatment of Dyslipidemia and is a fifth highest selling medicine in U.S.A. It is the most favored drug as it has features like:
- Specific action on the target organ
- Specific action of the drug
- It doesn’t produce much serious side effects
- Possess high potency
- Enhanced clinical effects than other Statins
Understanding the drug Crestor:
How it works?
Rosuvastatin works by interfering in the synthesis of cholesterol and steroids. It stops the activity of the enzyme known as HMG-CoA reductase which has a key role in synthesis and doesn’t allow the formation of Mevalonic acid a precursor for the cholesterol synthesis. Liver makes two third of the daily cholesterol requirement.
This drug increases the removal of LDL-C bad cholesterol levels from the body by up regulation of the LDL-C receptors. It also lowers the raised triglyceride levels and increases the High density lipoprotein levels in the body. This drug avoids the deposition of excessive fat in the body by increasing good cholesterol levels and reducing bad cholesterol levels.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take this drug if you:
- Have allergy to this drug
- Have Kidney problems
- Are pregnant or planning to do so
- Are breast feeding
- Are going to have a surgery (always inform the doctor that you are taking this drug)
How much to take?
Take the dose exactly as prescribed by the physician. It is very important to consume medicine timely. The general recommended dose is 10 mg to be taken once in a day as per doctor’s advice. It may be taken with or without food in the morning or evening. If needed, doctor can change the dose and increase up to 40 mg daily in severe cases after consulting with doctor.
What are the strengths available?
The drug rosuvastatin is available on our website in the following strengths and brand names:
Rosubest 10 mg
Rosubest 20 mg
Roseday 5 mg
Rozavel 40 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Rosubest is manufactured by Cadila; Roseday by USV and Rozavel is manufactured Sun Pharma. It is available on our websites in various pack sizes of tablets.
How to take?
You must swallow the whole tablet with one glass full of water. Do not crush or chew it.
When to take?
This drug should be taken once in a day with or without food a day. It is best to take it at the same time daily because it shows best results and helps to remember when to take the drug.
For how long should it be taken?
This drug controls the hypertension but it doesn’t treat the root cause. It is important to take the drug as instructed by your doctor. Abrupt discontinuation of medicine can bring adverse reactions. Hence, before doing any changes in the dose of the drug or abruptly stopping the drug always consult your physician first.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
You may need urgent medical attention for which you can call your doctor or go to the nearest health care center.
What if you miss the dose?
Take it as soon as possible if it’s not too late but if it is less than 12 hrs left for your next dose then skip the dose and take your next dose on the correct time. Do not double up the dose to compensate for the missed one.
What are the side effects?
All medicines have their side effects, sometimes they are serious but most of the times they are not. You may need medical help in case any of following trouble arises:
- Joint pain
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
- Swelling in body
- Fever and fatigue
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Severe pain and tenderness in muscles
- Dryness of mouth and increased thirst
- Dry skin, blurred vision and loss of weight
- Memory problems like confusion and depression
Are there any possible drug interactions?
This drug should not be taken along with other drugs without proper confirmation of the doctor. The drugs mentioned below should be avoided while taking Rosuvastatin or you must consult the doctor before taking these drugs:
- Nicotinic acid and Gemfibrozil
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- Try to take low cholesterol diet, eat fibrous foods and fruits and do physical exercise
- Eat green vegetables like Carrots, Peas and Green beans. Increase the intake of fibrous products like Apples, bananas and peach as it will help you in cut down on saturated fat