Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Used in combination with a diet program to help keep atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) from getting worse. This medicine is an HMG-CoA inhibitor, and is sometimes called a "statin."
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to rosuvastatin or to similar medicines such as atorvastatin (Lipitor®), fluvastatin (Lescol®), lovastatin (Mevacor®), pravastatin (Pravachol®), or simvastatin (Zocor®). You should not use this medicine if you have an active liver disease, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
You may take this medicine with or without food.
Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about diet and exercise. This medicine is only part of a complete plan for lowering cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood.
This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
If a dose is missed:
If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using birth control pills, cimetidine (Tagamet®), cyclosporine (Neoral®, Sandimmune®), digoxin (Lanoxin®), lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra®), niacin, spironolactone (Aldactone®), a blood thinner (such as warfarin or Coumadin®), an antibiotic (such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole, erythromycin, Nizoral®, or Sporanox®), or other medicine for lowering cholesterol (such as gemfibrozil, fenofibrate, Lopid®, or Lipanthyl®).
If you need to take an antacid that contains aluminum and magnesium (such as Maalox®), take the antacid at least 2 hours after you take rosuvastatin.
Tell your doctor if you usually drink large amounts of alcohol.
Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease, an underactive thyroid, or a history of liver disease. Tell your doctor if you have a history of muscle pain or weakness.
Tell your doctor if you are of Asian descent, having either Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, or Asian-Indian origin. You may need a slightly different dose of this medicine.
Call your doctor right away if you start to have unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness especially if with general feeling of discomfort or illness, fever, or dark-colored urine.
Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. You may need to stop using this medicine if you have major surgery or a major injury (trauma). You also may need to stop if you develop other serious health problems, such as seizures or problems with your blood.
Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.