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HoneyBee Pharmacy talks about Crestor/Rosuvastatin.

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Rosuvastatin is available as the brand-name drug Crestor. HoneyBee Pharmacy offers both generic equivalent and brand name medication. It’s also available as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less than the brand-name version. In some cases, they may not be available in every strength or form as the brand-name drug. This drug may be used as part of a combination therapy. This means you may need to take it with other medications.

The generic equivalent Rosuvastatin is used along with a proper diet to help lower “bad” cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise “good” cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. It belongs to a group of drugs known as “statins.” It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. Lowering “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides and raising “good” cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps to prevent strokes and heart attacks. In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Talk with your doctor for more details. It comes in the form of a tablet you take by mouth.

This is used to reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and increase your HDL (good) cholesterol levels. It also reduces your levels of triglycerides (fats in your blood). Improving your cholesterol levels helps prevent blockages from forming in your arteries. These blockages can cause serious problems, including heart attack or stroke.

The brand name Crestor’s primary medical use is for treating dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia is a lipoprotein metabolism disorder that results in high triglyceride and LDL concentrations, and low levels of HDL in the blood. The FDA recommends prescribing it only if other measures have not worked, such as losing weight, changing diet, and doing exercise.

HOW TO USE:

You may carefully open the capsule and sprinkle the contents on 1 teaspoonful of soft food (such as applesauce, or chocolate- or vanilla-flavored pudding). Swallow all of the mixture without chewing. Use/discard the mixture within 60 minutes. Do not prepare a supply in advance. The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, race, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). If you are of Asian descent, your doctor may direct you to start with a lower dose because you may be more sensitive to its effects. Antacids containing aluminum or magnesium can reduce the absorption of this drug. Therefore, if taking this type of antacid, take it at least 2 hours after this medication. Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to take it at the same time each day. Keep taking this medication even if you feel well. Most people with high cholesterol or triglycerides do not feel sick. It is very important to continue to follow your doctor’s advice about diet and exercise. It may take up to 4 weeks before you get the full benefit of this drug.

POSSIBLE INTERACTIONS:

HoneyBee Pharmacy has reviewed public surveys and based on these public surveys Alcohol can raise triglyceride levels and the chance of liver damage, so it should be avoided when using Crestor. Statins will be less effective if the patient does not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan. Patients must avoid foods that are high in cholesterol and fat. Other medications may increase the risk of medical problems and complications if taken together with Crestor. Examples include cyclosporine, gemfibrozil, drugs that contain niacin, fenofibrate, and some HIV medications. Other examples include atazanavir, ritonavir, lopinavir or ritonavir, and saquinavir. Call HoneyBee Pharmacy at 1-888-557-0340 to see if this medication is for you. Ask to speak to a licensed Pharmacist from our contracted Pharmacy department.

SIDE EFFECTS:

Rosuvastatin oral tablet doesn’t cause drowsiness, but it can cause other side effects. More common side effects that can occur with use of rosuvastatin include: headache, pain in the abdomen (stomach area), muscle pain, nausea, weakness. If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following: Severe muscle problems. Symptoms can include: unexplained or unusual muscle pain, weakness, fever, Liver problems. Symptoms can include: unexplained or unusual weakness, decrease in appetite, pain in the abdomen (stomach area), dark-colored urine, yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS IN TAKING CRESTOR

You can take this drug with or without food. Both the generic equivalent and brand name version of the medication. Taking it with food may help to reduce upset stomach. Take this drug at the time(s) recommended by your doctor. Do not cut or crush the tablet. Keep this drug at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C). Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms. A prescription for this medication is refillable. You should not need a new prescription for this medication to be refilled. Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription.

Although HoneyBee Pharmacy is not covered by Medicare, HoneyBee Pharmacy offers Americans medical expense reports that you may submit to your local insurance companies. Should you be reimbursed that is separate from us. HoneyBee Pharmacy also offers best priced* guaranteed for all medications to all Americans. For more information simply give us a call at 1-888-557-0340.

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