If lifestyle changes have been ineffective at lowering your cholesterol, your healthcare provider may recommend taking rosuvastatin calcium (Crestor®) to get it under control. In addition to treating high cholesterol, this prescription medication is also approved for a number of other uses, including:
- Treating high triglycerides
- Slowing the progression of atherosclerosis (a hardening and narrowing of the arteries)
- Treating dysbetalipoproteinemia, a rare genetic condition characterized by high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Rosuvastatin comes in tablet form and is typically taken once a day. Muscle pain, constipation, nausea, and weakness are some of the most commonly reported side effects. However, most people are able to take it without any problems.
(To learn more about this drug, click Rosuvastatin. This article provides details on how it works, an outline of additional side effects, and some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)