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If you’re thinking about starting on a statin medication like rosuvastatin, you might be wondering about potential side effects. One of the most common questions people ask is whether or not these medications can cause weight loss.
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What is Rosuvastatin?
Rosuvastatin is a prescription drug that belongs to the class of statins. Statins are drugs that are used to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Rosuvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol and to prevent heart disease and strokes.
There is no evidence to suggest that rosuvastatin causes weight loss. In fact, the opposite may be true. One study found that people who took rosuvastatin gained an average of 1.6 kg (3.5 lb) over a period of 2 years, while those who took a placebo (a fake treatment) lost an average of 0.8 kg (1.8 lb).
If you are trying to lose weight, talk to your doctor about other ways to achieve this goal.
How does Rosuvastatin work?
Rosuvastatin is a prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol. It works by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body. Rosuvastatin belongs to a class of drugs called statins.
Statins are a type of medicine that can help lower the level of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol can lead to a buildup of plaque in your arteries, which can increase your risk for heart disease, stroke, and heart attack.
Rosuvastatin is usually used in adults and children who are at least 10 years old.
The FDA has assigned the generic Rosuvastatin its own unique identification number, so it can be tracked separately from the brand-name drug Crestor.
What are the side effects of Rosuvastatin?
The most common side effects of Rosuvastatin are:
-Nausea / vomiting
If you experience any of these side effects, contact your doctor. In rare cases, more serious side effects may occur, such as:
-Allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat; hives; or rash)
-Kidney problems (changes in urine output or increase in Persistent Side Effects from Rosuvastatin include: Weight gain; inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis); new or worsening diabetes; and destruction of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia).
Does Rosuvastatin cause weight loss?
Rosuvastatin is a prescription drug that belongs to a class of drugs called statins. Statins are drugs that work by preventing the production of cholesterol in the liver. Rosuvastatin is used to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.
High levels of cholesterol and triglycerides can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious medical conditions. Rosuvastatin is used to treat high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems in people with certain risk factors.
Rosuvastatin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Weight loss is a possible side effect of rosuvastatin therapy. This eMedTV article discusses rosuvastatin and weight loss in more detail and describes some of the other side effects that have been reported with this drug.
How does Rosuvastatin compare to other statins?
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) is one of the most powerful statin drugs available and lowers LDL cholesterol levels more than other statins. Along with its needed effects, rosuvastatin may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Weight loss is a common side effect of rosuvastatin. In clinical studies, weight loss occurred in up to 5.4 percent of people taking the drug. The average weight loss was about 1.4 pounds (0.6 kg).
In comparison, weight loss occurred in up to 3.2 percent of people taking atorvastatin (Lipitor), up to 2.4 percent of people taking simvastatin (Zocor), and up to 2 percent of people taking pravastatin (Pravachol).
Other common side effects of rosuvastatin include headache, muscle pain, and nausea. These side effects are usually mild and go away on their own.
What are the possible risks and benefits of taking Rosuvastatin?
Rosuvastatin (Crestor) is a statin medicine used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. It is used to treat people who have high cholesterol and are at risk for heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. Rosuvastatin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not take rosuvastatin if you are allergic to it, or if you have liver disease.
Some people taking a statin medicine like rosuvastatin develop muscle aches or weakness. These side effects usually go away after a short time, but in some people they may last longer. Tell your doctor about any muscle pain or weakness that you have during your treatment.
Before taking this medicine
You should not take rosuvastatin if you are allergic to it, or:
if you have liver disease.
To make sure rosuvastatin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
a muscle disorder such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy; or
if you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages daily.
Taking rosuvastatin may increase your risk of developing diabetes. Your blood sugar will need to be checked often, and you may need other blood tests at your doctor’s office. Visit your doctor regularly.
FDA pregnancy category X. This medicine can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects if the mother takes the medication during pregnancy. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking rosuvastatin for fatty liver disease.. You should not breastfeed while using this medicine.”