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Is there any problem in splitting a 20 mg crestor toachieve the 10 mg daily dose? It cuts the cost in half.
Crestor is the brand name for rosuvastatin, one of several "statin" medications that inhibit hmg co-a reductase, the rate limiting enzyme in cholesterol synthesis. These medications increase the number of LDL receptors that bind and remove LDL particles from the circulation. Statins have been shown to significantly reduce heart attack, death from heart ...Read more
Statin - Rosuvastati: Crestor is the brand name for rosuvastatin, one of several "statin" medications that inhibit hmg co-a reductase, the rate limiting enzyme in cholesterol synthesis. These medications increase the number of LDL receptors that bind and remove LDL particles from the circulation. Statins have been shown to significantly reduce heart attack, death from heart attack, and ischemic stroke. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can Be Taken Anytime: Some statins (pravachol, zocor, mevacor) have very short half-lives (2-4 hours) and have a better effect if taken at night. This is because the medication works by decreasing cholesterol synthesis which is increased during the evening hours. Other statins (lipitor, crestor) have very long half-lives (14-18 hours) and have equal effect if taken in the morning or evening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: Treatment of elevated lp(a) is a bit tough. Potent statins can mitigate the risk by lowering the ldl-cholesterol level as much as possible (below 70 mg/dl), since that particle is tied to the ldl-c molecule. Estrogen therapy in women, Niacin in both sexes, and in the future, cholesterol ester transfer protein inhibitors (if they come to market) may lower lp(a) levels. ...Read more
Not necessarily: For those unfortunate people who have had heart attacks or a genetic predisposition to very high cholesterol (especially ldl), a statin is probably recommended for life. Otherwise, there are lifestyle changes that can sometimes work as well as statins, including a diet rich in fiber, whole grains, and polyunsaturated fatty acids, regular exercise and weight loss. ...Read more
Impossible: There is no generic medication for Crestor at this time as the medication is still under patent. The generic name for Crestor is Rosuvastatin and you may be on that med, but it is not generic (and won't be for years). Generic statins currently available are pravastatin, simvastatin, atorvastatin, and lovastatin. All statins have the same action, but some may be better for some people. ...Read more
Yes and no: Crestor’s maker suggests it should be taken whole and not be crushed, chewed, or broken. There is no reason that it cannot necessarily be crushed, aside from the coating possibly masking the drug’s medicinal taste, but do be aware upon crushing the tablet, some of the coating pieces could remain, kind of how like if you crushed M&M’s, you’d see the difference between chocolate and candy coating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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