- Niacin(Nicotinic Acid)
What is Rosuvastatin used for?
Rosuvastatin is a cholesterol-lowering medication, which is available in the doses of 5mg, 10mg, 20mg and 40mg. This medicine works by blocking the production of cholesterol in the body. Reducing cholesterol helps prevent heart attacks and strokes. Rosuvastatin reduces bad cholesterol levels (low-density lipoprotein, LDL), but increases good cholesterol levels (high-density lipoprotein, HDL). This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Rosuvastatin?
The dosage of Rosuvastatin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Rosuvastatin with a full glass of water. It may be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Rosuvastatin?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Rosuvastatin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Rosuvastatin?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Rosuvastatin, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Rosuvastatin?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Rosuvastatin.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Rosuvastatin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Rosuvastatin can interact with blood thinners, cholesterol-lowering medications, and birth control pills.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Rosuvastatin?
Like other medicines, Rosuvastatin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Rosuvastatin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Rosuvastatin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Rosuvastatin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Rosuvastatin can cause side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, sore throat, headache, change in the amount of urine, and memory loss. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Rosuvastatin.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Rosuvastatin?
Is it possible for me to take Rosuvastatin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Rosuvastatin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Rosuvastatin?
How will Rosuvastatin work in my body?
How should Rosuvastatin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Rosuvastatin drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Rosuvastatin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.