Crestor is a statin drug that’s prescribed to reduce the levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglyerides in your blood. When left untreated, cholesterol and fat can collect along arterial walls, which limits blood flow and may eventually cause a heart attack or stroke. For the best results, Crestor should be used along with diet and lifestyle changes, including lowering saturated fat intake and increasing exercise.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Crestor exactly as prescribed.
Patients of Asian descent might absorb Crestor at a higher than normal rate.
Don’t take Crestor if you have liver disease.
Crestor may cause birth defects, and should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Before taking Crestor, inform your doctor if you have:
Some side effects of Crestor include:
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience:
How soon does Crestor start to work?
You may see results on your blood work as soon as 2 to 4 weeks. Because high cholesterol often comes with no symptoms, you might not feel any different when taking Crestor.
Can I drink alcohol while taking Crestor?
Drinking alcohol while taking Crestor can increase your risk of liver damage. Avoid alcohol, and tell your doctor if you’re used to consuming more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
What is a cholesterol-lowering diet?
A cholesterol-lowering diet typically involves eating fewer sources of saturated and trans fats (full-fat dairy, fatty and processed meats, packaged snacks and pastries). Eat fewer processed foods, more vegetables, and sources of fiber like whole grains and vegetables. For complete cholesterol-lowering meal plans, your doctor may recommend a consultation with a nutritionist or dietitian.