Dosing With Rosuvastatin
For most people with high cholesterol, rosuvastatin dosing starts at 10 mg once daily. Your healthcare provider may choose to start you on a lower dose (such as 5 mg daily) if you have severe kidney disease or are over 65 years of age, of Asian descent, or taking cyclosporine. Make sure to talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist if you are unsure about anything related to the medication.
The dose of rosuvastatin calcium your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- The medical condition you are being treated for
- Other existing medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Rosuvastatin 5 mg
Rosuvastatin 10 mg
Rosuvastatin 20 mg
Rosuvastatin 40 mg.
The recommended starting dose for most people with high cholesterol is rosuvastatin 10 mg once a day (although a starting dose of 20 mg daily can be used if you have very high cholesterol). After several weeks, your healthcare provider will recommend that you return to have your cholesterol levels rechecked.
If you have not reached your cholesterol goal at this time, your healthcare provider may choose to increase your dose. The dosage can also be decreased if rosuvastatin side effects occur. The average daily dose is 20 mg to 40 mg once a day.
Your healthcare provider may recommend a lower rosuvastatin dosage (5 or 10 mg per day, depending on the circumstances) if you:
- Are 65 years of age or older
- Are of Asian decent
- Take gemfibrozil (Lopid®)
- Take cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®)
- Take protease inhibitor medications for HIV (see Drug Interactions With Rosuvastatin)
- Have severe kidney disease.
For children (age 10 through 17 years of age), the typical rosuvastatin dosage ranges from 5 to 20 mg per day.