Rosuvastatin is a medication that works by lowering high cholesterol as well as triglycerides in patients. It can also help to increase the level of good cholesterol in the body. It helps to slow down atherosclerosis (which is a narrowing of arteries) in people who have high blood cholesterol. In specific patients it can be used in order to lower the chances that they’ll have a heart attack or a stroke. In addition to this, it can be used in patients in order to avoid operations to open up blood vessels that are blocked. Along with a good diet this medication works well. There are other uses for Rosuvastatin, but this is to be determined by a doctor.
Rosuvastatin belongs to a class of drugs call HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, better known as statins. These work by reducing the creation of specific fatty substances in the body, which would include cholesterol.
What are some of the side effects you can possibly experience if you decide to use Rosuvastatin?
Addition side effects to look out for:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness)
Bloody or dark urine
Change in the amount of urine produced
Chest pain; confusion
Memory problems (eg, forgetfulness, memory loss)
Weakness (with or without fever or fatigue)
Red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin
Severe or persistent headache
Severe or persistent nausea or vomiting
Severe stomach or back pain (with or without nausea or vomiting)
Swelling of the hands ankles, or feet
Symptoms of liver problems (eg, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, pale stools, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness)
What’s the best way to know if this treatment is right for you?
Too many people walk around not knowing if their cholesterol is too high or not. In many cases they might think because they engage in a little exercise or try to eat healthy they don’t have anything to worry about. This might not be the case. You might have high cholesterol and not even know it. The first thing you need to do is go to a doctor and get a test done in order to know for sure if you’re at risk. If it’s found that your levels are too high, then a doctor will discuss with you what your treatment options are.
In some cases your cholesterol might be high, but not high enough to warrant use of a medication like Rosuvastatin. A doctor might recommend something to you that’s a little lighter just to see how you respond to it first. In some cases they might just recommend more diet and exercise to see if the problem can get under control. If this doesn’t work, then they’ll begin to discuss with you using cholesterol lowering medications such as Rosuvastatin or other options.
Knowing if this particular drug is right for you is hard to know, because there are different options out there that might work better for your particular case. This is why it’s going to be very important for you to have access to a doctor that can monitor your case and see how your respond. If you respond the way they hope you will, then you’ll continue to use the medication. If you don’t respond the right way, then changes will have to be made. You might be taken off altogether.
For the most part, Rosuvastatin works well for the people it’s prescribed to. However, it isn’t the last option out there should it not work as well as needed. You’ll have to make sure you partake in a good exercise regimen along with cutting back on certain foods in order to ensure it works to it’s best potential.