used along with a proper diet to help lower "bad" cholesterol and
fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise "good"
cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. It belongs to a group of drugs known as
"statins." It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by
the liver. Lowering "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides and
raising "good" cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and
helps to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low cholesterol/low-fat diet),
other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better
include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and
stopping smoking. Talk with your doctor for more details.
that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has
judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many
people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
very small number of people taking rosuvastatin may have mild memory
problems or confusion. If these rare effects occur, talk to your doctor.
Rarely, statins may
cause or worsen diabetes. Talk to your doctor about the benefits and
your doctor right away if this unlikely but serious side effect occurs: foamy
drug may rarely cause muscle problems (which can rarely lead to very serious
conditions called rhabdomyolysis and autoimmune myopathy). Tell your
doctor right away if you develop any of these symptoms during treatment and if
these symptoms persist after your doctor stops this drug: muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially
with fever or unusual tiredness), signs of kidney problems (such as
change in the amount of urine).
medication may rarely cause liver problems. If you notice any of the
following rare but serious side effects, tell your doctor right away:
yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine, severe stomach/abdominal pain,
very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get
medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic
reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble
is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects
not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
taking rosuvastatin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may
contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other
problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, alcohol use.
having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products
you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal
Limit alcoholic beverages.
Daily use of alcohol may increase your risk for liver problems, especially
when combined with rosuvastatin. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more
adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially
medication must not be used during pregnancy. Rosuvastatin may harm an
unborn baby. Therefore, it is important to prevent pregnancy while taking this
medication. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss the use of
reliable forms of birth control (such as condoms, birth
control pills) while taking this medication. If you become pregnant or
think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
medication passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to
the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.