Rosuvastatin
  • Rosuvastatin
  • Rosuvastatin
  • Rosuvastatin
  • Rosuvastatin

Rosuvastatin

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Medication features

  • Generic version of Crestor
  • Reduces cholesterol

NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.

Overview

Order Rosuvastatin Cholesterol Tablets Online

Our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service means you can order rosuvastatin online. Before ordering you simply fill in a short online assessment that will be vetted by our UK registered doctors. Our pharmacy team will receive a prescription if your order is authorised by our doctors. The prescription will be checked by our pharmacists and then dispatched to the address you choose.

Our statin service is only available to patients who are already prescribed this medicine from their GP.

What is Rosuvastatin?

Rosuvastatin is a drug that belongs to a group of medicines called statins. Statins are used to reduce cholesterol levels in people who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. It can also be used to help prevent heart attacks and strokes in people who are at risk. 

The brand name for rosuvastatin is Crestor. It is a prescription only medicine.

How does it work?

Rosuvastatin reduces blood cholesterol levels. It does this by blocking an enzyme called HMG CoA reductase. This enzyme is responsible for making cholesterol in the body. By inhibiting this enzyme, rosuvastatin slows down the production of ‘bad’ cholesterol.

It also improves the ability of the body to remove ‘bad’ cholesterol from the blood. It can also increase the amount of ‘good’ cholesterol in the body. Blood tests are used to check cholesterol levels in the body.

Dose

Rosuvastatin is available in four different strengths:

  • 5 mg
  • 10 mg
  • 20 mg
  • 40 mg

Rosuvastatin tablets are usually taken once daily. The rosuvastatin dosage you take will be prescribed by your doctor after they consider a number of factors e.g how high your cholesterol level is. Many patients will be prescribed 5mg once daily as a starting dose. This can be increased depending on how you respond to it.

The usual dose to prevent heart attacks and strokes is 20 mg once daily. Children under 18 years of age can be treated with it for high cholesterol that runs in the family. Treatment for this usually starts at a low dose.

Some statins are more efficient if taken at night. This does not apply to rosuvastatin, which can be taken in the morning or at nighttime. 

Alternatives

Statins are prescription drugs and several are available:

  • Atorvastatin
  • Simvastatin
  • Crestor (rosuvastatin brand)
  • Fluvastatin
  • Pravastatin

Other medicines used to lower cholesterol include:

  • Fenofibrate
  • Ezetimibe
  • Bezafibrate

There are also newer treatments which can be injected. These are called PCSK9 inhibitors.

FAQ

Is rosuvastatin a good statin?

All statins are similar and the decision to prescribe a particular statin lies with your doctor. Rosuvastatin is a potent statin. The 5mg strength is described as a medium-intensity statin and the other three strengths are described as high-intensity doses.

What is rosuvastatin 10 mg used for?

Rosuvastatin is used to treat people with high cholesterol. It can also be used to help prevent heart attacks and stroke in at-risk people. The 10mg dose may be used if someone needs to be prescribed a high-intensity statin to reduce their cholesterol.

What are the benefits of rosuvastatin?

Rosuvastatin is efficient at reducing cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol. It is beneficial at preventing heart disease and reducing the risk of problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Unlike some other statins, rosuvastatin can be taken at any time of the day.

What foods should be avoided when taking Rosuvastatin?

Grapefruit juice should be avoided when taking certain statins. Rosuvastatin is not affected by grapefruit juice so patients can drink grapefruit juice whilst taking it. Drinking large amounts of alcohol should be avoided when taking statins because it can damage your liver. Try to keep your intake to the recommended 14 units of alcohol a week. 

How long should you take rosuvastatin for?

Rosuvastatin is usually taken for life. It will work for as long as you take it. If you stop taking your statin, your cholesterol levels may rise again. Stopping a statin should not be done without talking to your doctor or a healthcare professional about the risks and benefits of doing so. 

Can you just stop taking rosuvastatin?

Most people who take statins will take them for life. There are cases when doctors believe a statin is no longer necessary or not suitable for a patient. You should keep taking your statin unless your doctor tells you to stop. Your cholesterol levels can increase again if you stop taking your statin.

Should rosuvastatin be taken at night or morning?

Some statins are more efficient if taken at night. This does not apply to rosuvastatin, which can be taken in the morning or at nighttime. You should take it at the same time each day.

Can you order rosuvastatin online?

Rosuvastatin can be prescribed online. Before prescribing any medication, our doctors have to assess the suitability of each patient. You will need to complete a medical questionnaire which our doctors will assess.

If approved by our doctors, they will issue a prescription to our pharmacy team. Our pharmacy team will then dispense and dispatch the medicine to your chosen address. 

Our statin service is only available to patients who are already prescribed this medicine from their GP.

Side Effects

Side effects can happen when taking any medicine.

Common rosuvastatin side effects include:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain
  • Diabetes (more likely if you are at high risk of developing diabetes)

Stop taking it immediately if you develop: 

  • Any unusual aches or pains
  • If you experience muscle rupture
  • Signs of liver problems such as yellow skin 

Seek medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms of an allergic reaction (e.g difficulty breathing, swollen lips and tongue).

The patient information leaflet contains further information regarding side effects.

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.

Warnings

Other conditions and rosuvastatin

Rosuvastatin is not suitable for everyone to take. Examples include:

  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If you have severe kidney problems
  • If you have unexplained muscle aches and pains
  • If you have liver disease
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to rosuvastatin or any of the ingredients in the tablets

The highest strength of rosuvastatin (40mg) should not be used in a number of other circumstances such as: 

  • In people with thyroid problems
  • Moderate kidney problems
  • If you are of Asian origin
  • If you have any repeated or unexplained muscle aches or pains

See the patient information leaflet for further information.

Interactions with other medicines

A number of drugs interact with rosuvastatin. Examples include:

  • Ciclosporin
  • Blood-thinning medication such as warfarin
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Certain medicines used to treat HIV
  • Medicines called fibrates
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Certain anti-bacterial medication such as fusidic acid and erythromycin
  • Certain medicines used to treat Hepatitis C

A full list of interacting medicines can be seen in the patient information leaflet. For further advice, you should call your doctor or pharmacist to discuss interacting medicines.

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