Crestor® Risks

Crestor® (rosuvastatin) is a prescription drug to reduce blood levels of cholesterol. It belongs to a class of drugs called statins, which raise the amount of "good cholesterol" and lower the amount of "bad cholesterol" in the body and are meant to be used in combination with a proper diet and exercise.

Risks Associated with Crestor®

Crestor® may have side effects. If any of the following symptoms become severe or persist, you should call your doctor:

  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Problems falling asleep
  • Problems staying asleep
  • Depression
  • Joint pain
  • Cough

Other side effects may indicate a more serious condition. Crestor® has been linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, while muscle damage and kidney failure have also been attributed to Crestor® in some patients. Although the following symptoms are not common, you should let your doctor know immediately if they occur:

  • Muscle pain, tenderness or weakness
  • Low energy
  • Fever
  • Pain in the chest
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Pain in the upper right abdomen
  • Nausea
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Uncommon bleeding or bruising
  • Lack of appetite
  • Flu-like feelings and symptoms
  • Signs of infection such as sore throat and chills
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Problems breathing or swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes

There are certain things your doctor should know before prescribing Crestor® for you. Before getting a Crestor® prescription, you should let your doctor know if:

  • You are taking anticoagulants, Tagamet, Neoral or Sandimmune, Nizoral, Aldactone, or other high cholesterol medications besides Crestor®
  • You have liver disease, if this is the case, your doctor probably will not prescribe Crestor®
  • You drink a lot of alcohol, or if you have ever had liver disease, kidney disease, or thyroid disease
  • You are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, Crestor® can harm the fetus
  • You are having surgery, including dental surgery
  • You plan to breastfeed, you should not take Crestor® while breastfeeding

It has been suggested that there is some relationship between taking Crestor® and heart problems. Some researchers suggest statins such as Crestor® lower an important nutrient, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Scientific studies are not yet conclusive, but a relationship may exist between lowered levels of CoQ10 and subclinical cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy means damage to the heart muscle.

A Texas researcher Peter H. Langsjoen, M.D., in a 2002 article suggested such a relationship. "In my practice of 17 years in Tyler, Texas, I have seen a frightening increase in heart failure secondary to statin usage," Langsjoen wrote.

Who Is At Risk for Heart Failure?

The major risk factors for heart failure include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • A previous heart attack
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Diabetes
  • Certain diabetes drugs
  • Sleep apnea (inability to breathe well when sleeping)
  • Viruses
  • Alcohol
  • Kidney problems that lead to high blood pressure and fluid retention

For more information about the risks associated with Crestor®, or to speak with an attorney about a potential claim, contact our Crestor® attorneys today.