Crestor® Side Effects

Have you suffered from the side effects of Crestor®? If so, you might be eligible for financial compensation. To find out if you qualify, please contact our Crestor® lawyers for help today.

About Crestor®

Crestor® (rosuvastatin calcium) is used to reduce cholesterol levels and triglycerides (types of fat). Patients with high cholesterol can take Crestor® in combination with a healthy diet and regular exercise to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol levels in the body. There are two types of cholesterol, HDL and LDL.

LDL is considered bad cholesterol because if there is too much of it, patients can develop plaque buildup in the arteries. HDL is considered good cholesterol, because it takes cholesterol back to liver where it can be eliminated.

Made by AstraZeneca, Crestor® is designed to lower LDL cholesterol levels and raise HDL cholesterol levels. It belongs to a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or “statins.”

Crestor® Side Effects

Crestor® is known to increase a patient’s risk of certain side effects, including:

  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Asthenia (general weakness)

Patients have also reported severe side effects, including:

  • Liver damage (doctors are encouraged to monitor their patient’s liver enzymes before and during treatment)
  • Skeletal muscle effects, including myopathy and rhabdomyolysis (if you begin to experience unexplained muscle pain, tenderness or weakness, you should seek medical attention immediately; this condition can lead to severe kidney damage)

Crestor® and Heart Failure Risk

A recent clinical trial suggests a possible link between Crestor® and heart failure. According to the trial, low levels of coenzyme Q10 can cause worsened heart failure in patients. Crestor® and other statin medications are believed to reduce the levels of coenzyme Q10 in patients.

This new data has created concern as to whether statin medications increase the risk of heart failure and cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. Additional research is needed.

Drug Interactions

It is important to keep a list of the medications you take. Some medications, if taken in combination with Crestor® can cause serious muscle problems. You should tell your doctor if you are taking the following medications:

  • Cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune)
  • Gemfibrozil (Lopid)
  • HIV medications such as atazanavir (Reyataz), ritonavir (Norvir), and others
  • Medicines that contain niacin (Advicor, Simcor, Niaspan, Niacor, and others)

Patient Resources

If you or someone you love was taking Crestor® and experienced liver failure, kidney failure, muscle problems or heart problems, you should consider speaking with an attorney. You might be eligible to recover compensation for your suffering, medical bills and lost wages.

For more information, contact us today.