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What is Rosuvastatin and what it is used for?

Rosuvastatin belongs to a group of medicines called statins. It is used to lower cholesterol if you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. It’s also taken to prevent heart and blood vessel disease, heart attacks and strokes.Your doctor may also prescribe rosuvastatin if you have diabetes, kidney disease, or a family history of rheumatoid arthritis or heart disease.

Rosuvastatin is available on prescription as tablets.

Who can and can’t take rosuvastatin?

Rosuvastatin can be taken by adults and children over the age of 6 years but not suitable to some people. Tell your doctor if you:

  • have had an allergic reaction to rosuvastatin or any other medicines in the past
  • have liver or kidney problems
  • are trying to get pregnant, think you might be pregnant, are already pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • have severe lung disease
  • take a medicine called ciclosporin
  • or a close relative has or have had a muscle disorder (including fibromyalgia)

Rosuvastatin also comes as a higher 40mg dose for adults. It’s not suitable for some people. Tell your doctor if you also:

  • have an underactive thyroid
  • have had problems with your muscles when taking a statin or another cholesterol lowering medicine in the past
  • regularly drink large amounts of alcohol
  • are of Asian origin
  • take other medicines called fibrates to lower your cholesterol

Common side effects

These side effects happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Keep taking the medicine, but tell your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • feeling sick
  • headaches
  • stomach pain
  • feeling weak or dizzy
  • constipation
  • protein in your pee (if you’re taking the higher 40mg dose) – your doctor will check for this as there are no symptoms for this side effect