Rosuvastatin belongs to a class of drugs termed as HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or statins. Statins, along with, diet, exercise, and weight-loss are utilized in the treatment of high cholesterol & associated conditions, and to avert cardiovascular disease.
Rosuvastatin is prescribed to reduce blood total cholesterol and triglyceride levels, along with increasing HDL cholesterol levels. Rosuvastatin is also prescribed for minimizing the risk of heart attacks, stroke, & arterial revascularization procedures in patients without clinically manifesting coronary heart disease but with numerous risk factors for heart disease.
Your physician may also prescribe Rosuvastatin for diabetes, or other risk factors.
Take Rosuvastatin as prescribed by your physician
The recommended dosage of Rosuvastatin will vary from individual to individual. Rosuvastatin can be taken with or without food. It must be taken at the same time each day. If you missed a dosage, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it’s almost time for your next dosage, skip the previous dose & continue with your regular prescribed schedule. Do not take a double dose unless instructed by your physician.
Keep the drug away from children and pets. Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not flush any drugs down the toilet or pour into a drain unless instructed to do so.
Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company on how to safely discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed.
Rosuvastatin is a relatively safe drug & comes with virtually no side-effects. If you experience persistent symptoms such as: constipation; heartburn; dizziness; insomnia; depression; joint pain; cough; memory loss or forgetfulness or confusion, consult your physician immediately.
If you feel that Rosvustatin is causing unusual symptoms not listed here, consult with your physician immediately & follow his/her instructions.
If you experience allergic reactions such as rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs; hoarseness; numbness or tingling in fingers or toes when you take Rosuvastatin, get emergency medical attention.
This drug cannot be taken along with anticoagulants or blood thinners such as warfarin, cimetidine or cyclosporine; HIV protease inhibitors such as atazanavir, ritonavir, lopinavir or spironolactone or clofibrate, fenofibrate, gemfibrozil, or niacin.
Rosuvastatin has proven to be harmful for the developing fetus & your physician will provide an alternative course of treatment in lieu of Rosuvastatin if you plan on a pregnancy. Breastfeeding mothers or those are planning to breastfeed their babies are also advised to discontinue Rosuvastatin under the supervision of their physicians.
If your physician has prescribed Rosuvastatin, you must inform him of any other drugs you may be taking.
Alcohol consumption must be reduced while you are taking Rosuvastatin. Discuss with your physician about the amount of alcohol that is safe on a daily basis, while you are on Rosuvastatin.
Inform your physician if you suffer from seizures, electrolyte imbalance, and very low blood pressure; a severe infection or illness; dehydration; or are to undergo a surgery or a medical emergency when you are prescribed the drug.
Rosuvastatin is prescribed for adults & children who are 10 years of age & above.
The information given above on the Rosuvastatin serves as an informational resource only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the counsel of your doctor, physician or pharmacist before starting any new treatment or making changes to existing therapy.