Crestor belongs to a group of drugs known as statins. Statins are drugs prescribed to treat high cholesterol. Statins are only prescribed if changing your diet and doing more exercise hasn’t helped lower your cholesterol.
60% of the population in the UK have high cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatty substance, which is made by the liver, but is also found in certain foods. Having high cholesterol puts you at risk of having a heart attack or stroke, which can be very dangerous to your health.
While taking Crestor, you should carry on eating a balanced, low-fat diet, and keep exercising regularly. This will all help you stay healthy and lower your cholesterol levels.
How to take Crestor
Always take Crestor as your nurse or doctor have told you. If you’re ever unsure, ask them or your pharmacist.
Otherwise, you should take Crestor as follows:
- swallow your tablet whole, without chewing or crushing
- take it with or without food
- take your tablet once a day at around the same time
If you ever take more Crestor than you should, contact your doctor or nearest hospital for advice.
If you ever forget a dose, don’t take an extra one the next day to make up for it. Just carry on as usual on the next day with another pill.
Who can take Crestor?
Only take Crestor if it’s been prescribed to you by a nurse or doctor. Your doctor will assess whether Crestor is suitable for you. You doctor will take into consideration your medical history and any other medicines you might be taking at the moment.
Keep taking Crestor until your doctor has told you to stop. Even if your cholesterol gets to the right level, it may increase again. Crestor helps keep your cholesterol levels at a healthy level.
Who should not take Crestor?
You shouldn’t take Crestor if you:
- are under 6 years old
- are allergic to any of its ingredients
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- have liver disease or kidney problems
- have unexplained muscle pain
- take a drug called ciclosporin
You shouldn’t take high doses of Crestor if you:
- are under 18 years old
- have thyroid problems
- often drink large amounts of alcohol
- take medicines called fibrates
- are of Asian origin
Talk to your doctor if you’re not sure whether Crestor is safe for you.