Cholesterol lowering medications are useful in patients where diet and exercise have not been able to lower their cholesterol levels. There are several types of cholesterol lowering drugs including a statin known as Crestor. Studies have shown that Crestor reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood stream when diet and exercise have not been able to lower cholesterol. My husband is in good health and under the age of forty; however, his cholesterol levels were over 600 because of his family history of heart disease. His physician discussed using a statin type medication such as rosuvastatin calcium in an attempt to lower his cholesterol. We read the Crestor reviews and, with the advice of his physician, decided to go forward with the medication.
Crestor is a cholesterol-lowering drug that contains the medicine rosuvastatin calcium and is proven to lower cholesterol. Rosuvastatin is a member of the family of medications known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors – – commonly referred to as statins. Simply put a statin works by blocking a substance in your body that is essential in the production of cholesterol. Crestor acts to block or inhibit the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which is the enzyme that facilitates cholesterol production in your body. By inhibiting or blocking this enzyme, Crestor has a direct affect on the production of cholesterol. Some test results have shown a decrease in the LDL cholesterol level of participants by up to 50% when combined with a proper diet. Crestor will not only lower LDL (bad) cholesterol level but also it will help increase the HDL (good) cholesterol level. Furthermore, Crestor may also reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart diseases.
The side effects for statins, including Crestor, include constipation, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain4 and muscle & joint pain. There are two very serious side effects that can result from taking Crestor: liver damage and muscle problems. Because statins can cause an increase in liver enzymes, which will damage the liver if not resolved, patients, taking Crestor should have regular blood tests to check liver enzymes. If you experience new muscle aches or tenderness, notify your physician immediately because in some cases muscle cells can break down (rhabdomyolysis) and cause damage to the kidneys and in severe cases, kidney failure. Because of these serious side effects, there have been lawsuits involving Crestor; therefore, you need to discuss the benefits verses the possible adverse effects with your doctor prior to beginning Crestor treatment.