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Crestor Dosage and Important  Information

Crestor dosage overview:

Recommended Crestor dosage: 

The usual starting Crestor dosage is 10 mg prescribed once a day.  However, your physician may initially start at 5 mg per day if your LDL cholesterol level doesn’t require a high dose, or if you have some predisposing risk factors for muscle damage.  If your LDL cholesterol level is above 190, the doctor may start at 20 mg once a day.  If this dosage fails to lower your cholesterol, the doctor may increase your dose to 40 mg per day. 

If you have a rare genetic disorder known as homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia which causes unusually high cholesterol levels, the doctor may start at 20 mg once a day.  If necessary, the physician may then increase your Crestor dosage to a maximum of 40 mg a day. 

If you have very severe kidney problems, the initial recommended starting dosage is 5 mg once a day, up to a maximum of 10 mg per day. 

If you’re taking the medication cyclosporine, your physician may limit your Crestor dosage to 25 mg once a day.  If you’re taking the drug Gemfibrozil (Lopid) for lowering cholesterol, your dose must be limited to 10 mg once a day.  Your doctor may want to test your cholesterol levels within two to four weeks after you start taking Crestor and also after any dose adjustment. 

Crestor overdosage: 

Although specific information is not available, any medication taken in excess of the recommended amount can cause very serious consequences.  If you suspect an overdose of Crestor you should always seek immediate medical attention. 

If you miss a dose of Crestor…. 

You should take the forgotten dosage as soon as you remember unless it is almost time for your next dose, which you should then skip the one you miss and go back to your regular schedule.  You should never take two doses at the same time. 

Storage instructions for Crestor… 

You should store this cholesterol medication at room temperature to protect it from moisture.

Some information from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs

Additional information and webpage by Paul Susic M.A. Licensed Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)   

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