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Rosuvastatin - Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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  • Rosuvastat    
  • Rosuvastat    

Why do I need this medicine?

Rosuvastatin helps lower your cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) levels in the blood.

Excessive cholesterol and triglycerides in your body can clog up your blood vessels. This can lead to many health problems such as stroke and heart diseases, including heart attack.

Rosuvastatin is meant to be taken as part of a complete cholesterol management programme that should include exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Rosuvastatin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Rosuvastatin with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Rosuvastatin must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Rosuvastatin even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Rosuvastatin unless instructed by your doctor.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have liver disease as Rosuvastatin may not be suitable for you.

Do not take Rosuvastatin if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby soon. If you become pregnant while being treated with this medicine, alert your doctor immediately. Rosuvastatin may cause harm to your unborn child. You must use proven birth control methods while taking this medicine.

Do not breastfeed while you are being treated with Rosuvastatin.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you:
  • have thyroid disease
  • have kidney disease
  • consume large amounts of alcohol or if you are a frequent drinker
Inform your doctor immediately if you experience muscle pain, weakness or tenderness especially if it is accompanied by fever or general body discomfort.

If you are going for an operation, including minor surgery or dental work, inform your doctor, surgeon or dentist that you are taking Rosuvastatin.

Your doctor may need to perform blood tests to make sure that your liver function is normal before you take Rosuvastatin and thereafter depending on your doctor's advice.

Individual's genetic traits are unique from each other. Researchers say that certain genetic traits can affect your response to Rosuvastatin. Though not routinely done, but in some exceptional cases, your doctor may advise you to take genetic testing to check if this drug is best suited for you.

What side effects could I experience?

Rosuvastatin may cause dizziness. If you feel dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other common side effects of Rosuvastatin include any of the following: stomach pain, wind, indigestion, constipation, nausea, headache and weakness.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
  • persistent muscle or joint pain, muscle cramps, weakness or numbness
  • yellowing of the skin or the eyes
  • brown or dark-coloured urine
  • rashes
  • swollen eyes or mouth, breathlessness
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for HIV infection e.g. indinavir, nelfinavir, ritonavir
  • medicines for Hepatitis C infection e.g. boceprevir, telaprevir
  • other cholesterol-lowering medicines e.g. gemfibrozil, fenofibrate, nicotinic acid
  • birth control pills
  • ciclosporin (medicine used for organ transplant and rheumatoid illness)
  • warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
  • colchicine (medicine for gout)
  • a herbal or food supplement called red yeast rice
Rosuvastatin should not be taken at the same time as antacids or cholestyramine. These medicines could reduce the effectiveness of Rosuvastatin when taken at the same time. If you must take antacids, take it at least 2 hours after you have taken Rosuvastatin. If you are taking cholestyramine, take Rosuvastatin at least 4 hours after you have taken cholestyramine.

This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Rosuvastatin.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid excessive consumption (more than 1 litre a day) of grapefruit juice.

Avoid alcohol.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Rosuvastatin - Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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