The drug Crestor is a medicine, the action of which helps to normalize (decrease or increase) cholesterol levels within children and adults over 8 years old. It belongs to the type of HMG CoA inhibitors. It is also used prophylactically to reduce the likelihood of heart attack, stroke, and some other serious conditions among women and men over 50 years of age suffering from heart diseases. Crestor is allowed to be taken by children from 7 years of age as prescribed by a doctor for the treatment of certain conditions. This medication is often taken by patients who have genetically inherited cholesterol problems from their parents (one or both).
Crestor is available in pharmacies with a prescription only. Before using it, you should consult your doctor and make sure that this drug is safe for you.
Crestor is contraindicated to patients over 65 years of age. Before using it you should carefully read the instructions for use of the drug and study all possible side effects and contraindications. If you have any questions about this drug, then ask your healthcare provider. There are some serious contraindications to the use of this medicine.
Tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver problems, thyroid problems, or if you have diabetes. Tell the doctor if you drink alcohol frequently (more than 2 times a day). These factors can interfere with the action of the drug and cause negative consequences.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, be sure to tell your doctor before prescribing this medicine to you. It can be dangerous to the unborn baby and can cause some birth defects.
During the treatment, it is not recommended to eat foods that contain a large percentage of cholesterol. In this case, the drug loses its effectiveness and may not work properly.
If, after using Crestor, you get any unpleasant, disturbing symptoms, then you should immediately consult a doctor and tell him or her about them, as they can be dangerous for your health.
Call your doctor right away if you receive dark urine, or if you begin to experience severe muscle weakness or pain. An increase in body temperature during the use of Crestor also indicates the appearance of unwanted symptoms and requires consultation with the doctor. Tell the doctor about any medicines you have to take during the period. Crestor has interactions with certain medications.
One of the likely rare adverse reactions is the development of renal failure due to tissue destruction. This effect is unlikely, but may occur in female patients.
In order to get the maximum benefit from the drug and avoid the occurrence of possible undesirable consequences, all doctor's recommendations and instructions for use of the drug should be fully observed. It is important to understand that this medication is a part of the treatment system and will be most effective only in combination with a special diet.
If during the treatment you feel a noticeable improvement, then you should continue taking the drug until the full course of the treatment is completed. Do not stop taking your prescribed medications without talking to your doctor, as your symptoms may return.
You may be advised to stop taking the medication if you experience any of the following symptoms: dehydration, seizures, changes in blood potassium levels, and low blood pressure. You should stop the course of the treatment if you need any kind of surgery.
Store the medicine in a dry, dark place out of the reach of children at room temperature.
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