Rosuvastatin is a medicine that is part of a group of drugs called statins. It is used to make the amount of cholesterol and other fats in your blood lower. Cholesterol is a substance that can pile up in your blood vessels and make them thin, which can cause heart problems or strokes. Rosuvastatin works by stopping an enzyme in your liver that makes cholesterol. It also helps your liver take out more cholesterol from your blood.
Rosuvastatin can be taken as a pill or a capsule by mouth. It is usually taken once a day, with or without food. You should do what your doctor tells you on how much and when to take it. You should also follow a low-cholesterol diet, work out often, and lose weight if needed while taking rosuvastatin.
Rosuvastatin can have some side effects, such as headache, stomach pain, muscle pain, weakness, and nausea. Some of these side effects may go away after some time, but if they are bad or do not go away, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Rosuvastatin can also cause some serious side effects, such as liver problems or muscle damage. These can be found by blood tests that your doctor may order. If you see any signs of liver problems (such as yellowing of your skin or eyes, dark urine, or no appetite) or muscle problems (such as strange pain or weakness, especially with fever or tiredness), you should stop taking rosuvastatin and call your doctor right away.
Rosuvastatin can mix with some other medicines, such as certain blood thinners, blood pressure drugs, antibiotics, antifungals, and HIV drugs. You should tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. You should also avoid drinking grapefruit juice while taking rosuvastatin, as it can make the amount of rosuvastatin in your blood higher and make the risk of side effects bigger.
Rosuvastatin is a medicine that can help you make your cholesterol lower and stop heart problems or strokes. However, it is not a fix for high cholesterol or a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. You should still do what your doctor says on diet, work out, and weight management while taking rosuvastatin. You should also have regular visits with your doctor to check your cholesterol levels and your liver and muscle function. Rosuvastatin can be a safe and good medicine if you use it right and follow the warnings. If you have any questions or worries about rosuvastatin, please ask me or talk to your doctor or pharmacist.