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Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Rosuvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).

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What is Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg ?
Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or "statins." Rosuvastatin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  is used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood.Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  is also used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, and other heart complications in people with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factorsGeneric Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  is used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information about Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg 
You should not take Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  if you are allergic to rosuvastatin, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease. Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant.Before taking Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg , tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder, if you are of Chinese descent, or if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.In rare cases, Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. Call your doctor right away if you have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if you also have fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine.Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.There are many other drugs that can increase your risk of serious medical problems if you take them together with Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg . Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.

Before taking Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg 
You should not take Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  if you are allergic to rosuvastatin, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if you have liver disease.If you have any of these other conditions, you may need to adjust your dose of Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  or have special tests:history of liver disease;history of kidney disease;diabetes;a thyroid disorder; orif you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.People of Asian descent may absorb rosuvastatin at a higher rate than other people. Make sure your doctor knows if you are Asian. You may need a lower than normal starting dose.In rare cases, Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  can cause a condition that results in the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue, leading to kidney failure. This condition may be more likely to occur in older adults and in people who have kidney disease or poorly controlled hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).Tell your doctor about all other medications you use. Certain other drugs can increase your risk of serious muscle problems, and it is very important that your doctor knows if you are using any of them:amiodarone (Cordarone, Pacerone);danazol (Danocrine);gemfibrozil (Lopid), fenofibric acid (Fibricor, Trilipix), or fenofibrate (Antara, Fenoglide, Lipofen, Lofibra, Tricor, Triglide);antibiotics such as clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin), or telithromycin (Ketek);antifungal medications such as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), or ketoconazole (Extina, Ketozole, Nizoral, Xolegal);heart or blood pressure medication such as diltiazem (Cartia, Cardizem) or verapamil (Calan, Covera, Isoptin, Verelan);HIV medications such as atazanavir (Reyataz), ritonavir (Norvir), lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra), saquinavir (Invirase), and others;medicines that contain niacin (Advicor, Niaspan, Niacor, Simcor, Slo-Niacin, and others); ordrugs that weaken your immune system, such as steroids, cancer medicine, or medicines used to prevent organ transplant rejection, such as cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune), sirolimus (Rapamune), or tacrolimus (Prograf).
FDA pregnancy category X. Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not take Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg if you are pregnant. Stop taking this medication and tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant. Use effective birth control to avoid pregnancy while you are taking Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg . Rosuvastatin may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not breast-feed while you are taking Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg .

How should I take Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg ?
Take Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  is usually taken once a day, with or without food. Take the medicine at the same time each day. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.You may need to stop using Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  for a short time if you have:uncontrolled seizures;an electrolyte imbalance (such as high or low potassium levels in your blood);severely low blood pressure;a severe infection or illness;dehydration; orsurgery or a medical emergency.To be sure Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your blood will need to be tested often. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.

Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  is only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes diet, exercise, and weight control. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely.You may need to take Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  on a long-term basis for the treatment of high cholesterol. Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention 

What should I avoid while taking Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg ?
Avoid using antacids without your doctor's advice. Use only the type of antacid your doctor recommends, and do not take it within 2 hours after taking Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg . Some antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg .Avoid eating foods that are high in fat or cholesterol. Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  will not be as effective in lowering your cholesterol if you do not follow a cholesterol-lowering diet plan.Avoid drinking alcohol. It can raise triglyceride levels and may increase your risk of liver damage.Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  and lead to potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor. Do not increase or decrease the amount of grapefruit products in your diet without first talking to your doctor.

Side effects of  Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg : hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop taking Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness;fever, unusual tiredness, and dark colored urine;swelling, weight gain, urinating less than usual or not at all; ornausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).Less serious Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg  side effects may include:headache;mild muscle pain;joint pain;constipation;mild nausea; orstomach pain or indigestion.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. 

What other drugs will affect Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg ?
Before taking Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg , tell your doctor about all other medicines you are using, especially:
birth control pills;cimetidine (Tagamet);a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);spironolactone (Aldactone, Aldactazide);any other "statin" medication such as atorvastatin (Lipitor, Caduet), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Altoprev, Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), or simvastatin (Zocor, Simcor, Vytorin).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Generic Crestor (Rosuvastatin) 40mg . Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects.

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