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Crestor is a medicine that lowers "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides and raises "good" cholesterol in the blood. Crestor is part of a treatment program that should also include a low-fat diet and exercise.
Side Effects of Crestor
Crestor may cause rare, but serious, side effects including:
Muscle damage. Crestor can cause serious muscle damage that can lead to kidney damage. The risk of muscle damage may be increased by taking certain drugs. Crestor should be used with caution if you have kidney problems, advanced age, and hypothyroidism because you are at a greater risk of muscle damage. Tell your healthcare professional if you develop unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness while on Crestor, particularly if accompanied by malaise or fever.
Liver damage. Crestor can cause liver damage like other lipid lowering medicines. This risk may be increased when Crestor is used with certain medicines. Your healthcare professional may do blood tests to check your liver before you start taking Crestor, and while you take it. Crestor should be used with caution if you have a history of liver disease or drink substantial amounts of alcohol.
Other side effects include muscle pain, constipation, weakness, abdominal pain, and nausea
Who Should Not Take Crestor
Do not take Crestor if you:
- Have liver problems or have persistently high liver enzymes
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Crestor may harm your unborn baby. If you get pregnant, stop Crestor and call your healthcare professional right away.
- Are breast-feeding. It is not known if Crestor can pass into your milk, and if it can harm your baby. You should choose to either take Crestor or breastfeed, but not both.
- Are allergic to Crestor or any of its ingredients
Crestor has not been studied in children.
Interactions with Crestor
Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over the counter drugs, and supplements. Crestor and certain medicines may interact with each other causing serious side effects. Crestor and other medicines may affect each other, causing serious side effects. Especially tell your healthcare professional if you take:
- Cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune)
- Warfarin (Coumadin)
- Gemfibrozil (Lopid)
- Drugs that may decrease the levels or activity of your body’s own steroid hormones. These drugs include ketoconazole (Nizoral), spironolactone (Aldactone), and cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Aluminum and magnesium hydroxide combination antacids (for example, Maalox)
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