Crestor is a branded statin, a type of medication that is particularly intended to help patients safely lower their cholesterol. Taking it can lower your risk of developing cardiovascular complications as a result of cholesterol in the system. It primarily works to lower 'bad cholesterol', also known as LDL, but can also have an effect on triglycerides, which are fats present in the blood. Like all statins, it performs at its best if it is taken alongside the appropriate lifestyle changes.
It is a statin, so it mainly affects the production of enzymes in the liver, which play an important role in synthesizing LDL. LDL is known as bad cholesterol, because it is being taken to the body cells and if it’s not used, it’s left in the arteries, forming plaque.
Apart from lowering LDL production, Crestor also stimulates production of HDL, which is ‘good cholesterol’, meaning it takes cholesterol away from arteries. It’s also been proven to lower triglycerides, which are general fats that form part of the body’s overall cholesterol count.
Patients will normally be prescribed Crestor if other methods of lowering cholesterol, which may include diet and exercise, were not effective or if a patient is at an elevated risk of complications due to another health condition.
It is not suitable for patients who have a medical condition affecting their liver or kidneys or who are allergic to the active ingredients in this medication. It may also affect or be affected by other medications, particularly those that influence the immune system or blood lipid content.
Cholesterol synthesis is at its most active in the evenings, which is why this treatment should be taken once a day before bedtime. You’ll likely start off by taking the lower dose which is 5mg and may be adjusted to a higher 10mg, 20mg or 40mg dose, if required.
Crestor should not be taken alongside high quantities of alcohol or grapefruit.
Side effects of this treatment aren’t normally serious and may include headaches, insomnia, nausea or dizziness. Luckily these side effects tend to go away as the body starts to adjust to the new treatment. However, if you find that these side effects persist or you experience an allergic reaction or intense muscle pain, you should seek medical help immediately.
121doc provides patients with a safe way to order the medicine they need online. Simply ensure that you complete the online consultation that forms part of the ordering process as thoroughly as possible. This will then be checked by one of our partner doctors. If a prescription is approved, your treatment will be shipped directly to you for next day delivery.
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