Crestor® (Rosuvastatin)

Crestor® (rosuvastatin), made by AstraZeneca, is designed to lower a patient’s bad cholesterol levels and raise their good cholesterol levels. According to AstraZeneca, when a healthy diet and exercise do not help a patient’s cholesterol levels, adding Crestor® (rosuvastatin) can help.

Cholesterol is found in certain foods that are high in saturated fat, including whole-milk dairy products, egg yolks and fatty meats. It is also produced by the liver. Cholesterol travels through a person’s bloodstream inside a protein called lipoprotein.

There are two types of cholesterol, "bad" cholesterol or LDL cholesterol and "good" cholesterol or HDL cholesterol. Too much LDL cholesterol can cause plaque to buildup in the arteries. HDL cholesterol is considered "good" cholesterol because it helps cholesterol to get back to the liver to be destroyed.

Crestor® (Rosuvastatin) Cholesterol Drug

Crestor® (rosuvastatin), combined with a healthy diet and exercise slows the progression of plaque buildup in the arteries. And, by limiting the production of bad cholesterol, Crestor® (rosuvastatin) can lower the total amount of cholesterol that enters a patient’s bloodstream.

According to AstraZeneca, it can lower bad cholesterol by up to 52 percent and raise the good cholesterol levels by up to 14 percent. Every patient is different, and the exact results can vary. Patients taking Crestor® (rosuvastatin) are encouraged to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to achieve the best results.

Crestor® (Rosuvastatin) Side Effects

As with any medication, Crestor® (rosuvastatin) might cause side effects in some patients. Minor side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain in the abdomen

Some patients are also at risk of more serious side effects, which can include:

  • Severe muscle problems that can lead to kidney failure
  • Liver problems

If you are taking Crestor® (rosuvastatin) and begin to experience unexplained muscle pain, weakness, tenderness and fever, you should contact your doctor immediately. This could be a sign that you are experiencing severe muscle damage.

Heart Failure Risk

A new clinical trial suggests that Crestor® (rosuvastatin) and other drugs in its class (called statins) might also put patients at risk of heart failure and cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. The trial is called the GISSI-HF trial.

A cause and effect relationship has not been determined; however some researchers say that statin drugs reduce the concentration of coenzyme Q10. Patients that have low levels of coenzyme Q10 have been known to have worsened heart failure.

Heart failure symptoms include shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing, coughing up a frothy mucous, slowed heart rate, fainting and swelling of the feet or legs. If you experience any combination of these symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately, especially if you have a history of heart failure.

If you or someone you love has experienced serious side effects while taking the cholesterol medication, you might be eligible for financial compensation. For more information, please contact a Crestor® lawyer today.