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Crestor is a high cholesterol treatment that lowers the amount of natural cholesterol your body produces and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
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Crestor is part of a group of medications called statins. Crestor uses the active ingredient rosuvastatin to treat high cholesterol. It aims to control the HDL and LDL cholesterol levels to keep you as healthy as possible on a long term basis.
Statins work by lowering your cholesterol levels and consequently reduce the risk of developing serious health problems in the future, such as heart attacks and strokes.
Crestor, and other statins, work by slowing down your liver’s production of cholesterol, which in turn will result in overall lower levels of LDLcholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) present in your body. Crestor also increases your levels of HDL, known as ‘good’ cholesterol, and this will help keep your levels of bad cholesterol down.
Statins also help the liver to remove LDL cholesterol that’s already in your blood. All of this won’t just promote healthier cholesterol levels going forwards, but it will help prevent heart attacks and strokes from happening in the future too.
Crestor isn’t a one size fits all type of medication, each person will need a dosage that fits their needs. Crestor comes in 5mg, 10mg, 20mg, and 40 mg dosages, so there are a few different options and you will only get the right one prescribed to you.
The severity of the cholesterol and other medications you take or conditions you have can all affect the dosage of Crestor you need, so it’s better to speak to our clinician so they can assess all the factors and advise you on the best dosage.
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Taking Crestor is pretty straightforward. All you need to do is swallow a tablet at the same time every day. Setting an alarm and getting into a routine can make it easier for you to remember when it’s time to take your tablet.
The tablet can be taken with or without food, so you don’t need to coordinate your mealtimes with medication-taking times. Having a glass of water with your Crestor tablet will make it easier to swallow.
Remember to get regular cholesterol checks from a clinician. They’ll see how Crestor is affecting your cholesterol levels, and if your dose needs to be adjusted.
Your body won’t feel the effects of Crestor immediately after you start taking it; it can take up to a week for Crestor to take any effect, but it takes longer than that to reach its full benefits. The timeline varies and every person will react uniquely to the medication, but you almost certainly get the full benefits of Crestor in less than a month of using it.
If you forget to take a tablet and it’s almost time for your next one, just skip it and take the following dose as scheduled. You shouldn’t take two tablets at the same time to make up for a missed dose.
To make sure that you don’t forget if you took your tablet or not, and to avoid taking more tablets than necessary, you can get a pill organiser that will tell you if you took that day’s dose or not. This can be especially useful if you take multiple medications.
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