Crestor (generically known as rosuvastatin) is a prescription medication used to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol in the blood. Crestor is an effective reducer of cholesterol levels and is especially helpful when combined with a diet low in fatty foods. Despite these benefits, there are a number of dangerous side effects associated with the drug.
Crestor should not be taken by pregnant women as the medication can cause birth defects. If you are pregnant or could potentially become pregnant, you should not take Crestor. You also should not breast feed while using Crestor.
Some people may be allergic to Crestor and exhibit the following symptoms: chest pain, swelling in the hands and feet, hyperactive or non-active bladder, stomach pain, and muscle pain. If you have any of these symptoms while taking Crestor, call your doctor immediately.
General Side Effects
Other, less severe side effects of Crestor include dizziness, memory loss, painful urination, headache, nasal congestion, and diarrhea or constipation.
In some cases Crestor can damage the skeletal muscular tissues. This is a rare condition but can also result in kidney failure. People of Asian descent and the elderly are at a higher risk of developing this rare condition. If you begin experiencing muscle weakness or pain, you should contact your doctor immediately.
In addition to a series of side effects, Crestor should be carefully taken by people with the following conditions: kidney disease, a seizure disorder, any muscle related disorder or illness, or a recent surgery or illness. If any of these conditions apply to you, you should tell your doctor before taking Crestor.
You should fully understand the risks and side effects of any medication before taking it. If you have any questions or concerns, consult your primary care physician or a certified pharmacist.