Cholesterol with Crestor?
lowering cholesterol with Crestor:
Your physician may
prescribe Crestor when lowering cholesterol levels with exercise and
diet have failed to work. This cholesterol medication is used in
lowering total cholesterol levels as well as harmful levels of
low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Also, it has been found to
reduce triglycerides, a form of fat carried in the bloodstream that
can end up being stored as body fat. Crestor may also be combined
with another medication in lowering cholesterol such as Colestid,
Questran, or WelChol.
Crestor is used in
lowering cholesterol levels by also increasing the amount of (good)
cholesterol known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL).
It is believed
that it is especially important to keep LDL cholesterol levels low as
higher levels have been associated with heart disease. Federal
guidelines have recommended that individuals consider drug therapy
when LDL levels reach 130 in people who are at high risk for heart
disease and for individuals with lower risk, the cut off is 160. For
those with little or no risk it is 190.
Important fact about using Crestor in lowering cholesterol:
only be used if diet, exercise and weight loss fail in lowering
cholesterol levels. It is always important to recognize that Crestor
should be used to supplement these lifestyle changes rather than as a
replacement. To get the full benefit of this cholesterol medication,
you should continue with your diet and exercise program as prescribed
by your doctor. All these efforts in lowering cholesterol to normal
levels are important as they lower your risk for heart disease.
How should you take this medication for lowering cholesterol?
Crestor is usually
taken once a day with or without food. However, you can take this
cholesterol medication at any time, although itís best to make a habit
of taking it at the same time every day to prevent missing doses. You
should swallow each tablet whole with a glass of water.
If you need to
taken an antacid that contains aluminum or magnesium hydroxide, such
as Maalox or Mylanta, you should always make sure to take it at least
two hours after you take your dose of Crestor.
When should Crestor not be prescribed?
should not be taken for lowering cholesterol if you have liver disease
or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this medication.
Also, you should never take Crestor during pregnancy or while
Special information about this cholesterol medication if youíre
pregnant or breast-feeding:
never be used in lowering cholesterol during pregnancy as a developing
baby needs plenty of cholesterol. Your doctor will prescribe Crestor
only if youíre highly unlikely to become pregnant while taking this
drug. If you do become pregnant you should tell your physician
immediately. Likewise, Crestor should never be used in lowering
cholesterol if youíre breast-feeding.
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)