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Natural Alternatives To Crestor
Is there any natural things to lower cholesterol, currently on crestor (rosuvastatin) and wirry about long term effects.?
Natural may help: The long term effects of statins like Crestor (rosuvastatin) are usually minimal and easy to monitor for by doing simple blood tests and talking to your doctor. Statins also are more effective at lowering certain type of cholesterol than natural drugs. If you really need to get the cholesterol down because of other health problems (diabetes, heart disease) then a statin is best. Otherwise, fish oil and diet work! ...Read more
I have been prescribed simvastatin in place of crestor (rosuvastatin). Is this an acceptable alternative? I have had less side effects as a result :)
Yes: Yes it is, although it is less potent. ...Read more
Is it an acceptable alternative for a 68-year old very active male to take 1500mg non-flush niacin instead of 5mg crestor (rosuvastatin)?
Depends: It depends on what lipids disorders need to be target. If the problem is HDL alone or the LDL is normal and you do not ned a statin like Crestor (rosuvastatin) then is ok, but if you have a high ldl, then this must be target first and then recheck the rest of the profile. I bet you will have more side effects from Niacin than from Crestor (rosuvastatin) 5 mg. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
Had a cadio cath via wrist, all normal except LAD 30%, given statins crestor (rosuvastatin) 5mg daily, have liver ezy raised already is there alternative.
Yes and no: Crestors 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 drugs medicinal taste, but do be aware upon crushing the tablet, some coating pieces could remain, kind of how like if you crushed M&Ms, youd see the difference between chocolate and candy coating. ...Read more
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
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 more
Crestor (rosuvastatin): It is generally believed that cholesterol is produced by the body at night. The first drugs in the class (statins) were recommended to be taken with the evening meal. However, the new statins such as Crestor (rosuvastatin) have in the product labeling that it can be taken any time during the day. However, if it's not a hardship, I would still recommend that you take your Crestor (rosuvastatin) with your evening meal. ...Read more
Impossible: There is no generic medication for Crestor (rosuvastatin) at this time as the medication is still under patent. The generic name for Crestor (rosuvastatin) 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
Can Be Taken Anytime: Some statins (pravachol, zocor, (simvastatin) 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 more
Patent wars: "The substance patent protecting CRESTOR (rosuvastatin) expires on 8 January 2016, and the pediatric exclusivity period expires 8 July 2016." This went to litigation. See: http://www.astrazeneca.com/Media/Press-releases/Article/20130325--astrazeneca-settles-litigation-over-crestor-patent ...Read more
Rising cholesterol: If you stop crestor, (rosuvastatin) your cholesterol will go back to what it was before you were taking the medication. So it all depends on why you were taking it and why you want to stop it. Meaning what you other medical problems are that led to the cholesterol being treated. But there won't be any kind of withdrawal symptoms. ...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
Expired Crestor: 40 F My crestor 10mg expire in 2017 is it ok to take them thanks they are samples? ANS: most likley. It is still early in 2017. Most meds are good long after the expiration dates. Check with your Dr giving them to you. ...Read more
You can't: The only one who can give you a true answer is your pharmacist. That is why it is usually not a good idea to obtain medications from foreign sources over the internet or mail. ...Read more
Speak to your doctor: Any medication always ned to be monitored, need adjustment, speak to your doctor, the reason to increase the dose from 10 mg to 20 mg, you think you have ' good result ' may not be true, if it is will reduce the dose. ...Read more
Yes: Dates on pills and capsules are arbitrary. If the capsules have been safely stored (not too hot) then they will have the full effect for some months after the expiration date. You will be fine and get the effect your want. ...Read more
Currently taking crestor (rosuvastatin) 20mg and wish to stop; can I simply cease to take the meds?
Yes: You can safely stop Crestor (rosuvastatin) without a withdrawal reaction. However, you should talk with your physician about why you are on it and what long term benefit it might provide. ...Read more
Is there any problem in splitting a 20 mg crestor (rosuvastatin) toachieve the 10 mg daily dose? It cuts the cost in half.
No : No problem & we do this all the time. Good way toile your $ go further. ...Read more
How often are you suppose to have your colustrol checke when taking Crestor (rosuvastatin) 10 my friend was checked 14 months ago is that normal?
About once a: Year while taking cholesterol medication.Get a more detailed answer ›
OK: This combination is safe as long as you monitor your blood work including liver and muscle enzyme tests. In my experience Crestor (rosuvastatin) is usually very effective so that it usually isn't necessary to add Zetia if you take a large enough dose. Your md will guide you however. ...Read more
What to do if I have 468 bad cholesterol, I know it s really high.I'm taken crestor (rosuvastatin) but still kept ongoing up. Pls help me.?
This is serious: It is likely that you have one of the genetic causes of hypercholesterolemia. This needs to be investigated and treated aggressively. Specialist consultation is best. ...Read more
No: Most common side effect, muscle aches, isreversible after stopping or reducing the drug. Liver injury is also reversible. So there are no long term permanent side effects. ...Read more
Crestor (rosuvastatin): Side effect duration depends on what the individual side effect is. Some will disappear in days or less, some could last much longer. ...Read more
Muscle aches, etc.: This is a statin drug, and like other statins, has the danger of causing rhabdomyolysis, or muscle breakdown, a severe side effect. This may be manifested by muscle aches/problems. This drug also increases he risk of diabetes, and can also be toxic to the kidneys. In fact, muscle aches/pain is a reason patients might be taken off this drug. ...Read more