People that are diagnosed with high cholesterol often wonder which medication is right for them. Crestor® (rosuvastatin) and Lipitor® (atorvastatin) are among the most commonly prescribed cholesterol drugs in the U.S.
They are very similar and belong to the same class of medications, called statins. However, they do have some differences. Your doctor will help you choose which medication is best for you.
The following is brief overview of some of the similarities and differences of the two cholesterol medications. For a complete comparison, ask your doctor.
Crestor® vs. Lipitor®: Similarities
- Both drugs belong to a class of drugs called statins (as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors)
- Both drugs have been approved for the treatment of high cholesterol and high triglycerides
- They are both effective at lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and raising "good" HDL cholesterol
Crestor® and Lipitor® share some of the same health risks and side effects. Neither drug should be used by people with liver problems and should not be used by women who are or become pregnant.
Both Crestor® and Lipitor® can increase a person’s risk of suffering rare yet serious muscle side effects. If you are taking either medication, you should seek medical attention if you begin to experience unexplained muscle pains, tenderness or weakness.
Crestor®, Lipitor® and other statin medications have recently been accused of worsening heart failure in certain patients. This new caution is based on a clinical trial that suggests that low levels of coenzyme Q10 can worsen heart failure in patients. All statin drugs are known to reduce coenzyme Q10 in patients.
Some of the more common side effects of Crestor® and Lipitor® include upset stomach, nausea, weakness and muscle pain.
Crestor® vs. Lipitor®: Differences
- Crestor® (rosuvastatin calcium) is made by AstraZeneca
- Lipitor® (atorvastatin calcium) is made by Pfizer
When Crestor® came on the market, it claimed to be the strongest statin drug available. But, some critics argue that stronger doesn’t always mean better. In fact, some critics caution that stronger means more side effects.
Both Crestor® and Lipitor® have been linked to some severe side effects including kidney failure and liver damage. Now, with new researchers suggesting a possibility of heart problems, it is not clear which cholesterol drug is better or worse. Only a doctor can determine what is best for his or her patient.
If you wish to seek compensation for serious side effects, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a Crestor® attorney.