Statin Drug Crestor Side Effects Heart Attack Risk

Crestor Warning: Crestor side effects may include heart attack risk and increased susceptibility to type 2 diabetes.

The statin drug Crestor (active ingredient rosuvastatin calcium) was introduced to the cholesterol drug market in 2003. Crestor is recommended for lowering cholesterol levels and reducing plaque build-up in the arteries.

The most widely used prescription drugs in the United States are cholesterol medications, also called statins. About 25 cents in every Dollar spent on medications by Americans is on medication for either cholesterol or diabetes.

Medical practitioners have expressed concern about prescribing statins to patients who are potentially at risk of having heart attacks or strokes. Recent evidence indicates that statins may also have an influence in increasing susceptibility to type 2 diabetes.

Rhabdomyolysis is a recorded side effect of Crestor. Rhabdomyolysis reduces muscle mass, resulting in a strength decrease. While it does not always happen, it has been reported that this loss of muscle mass takes place throughout the body, including the heart. When this happens the patient is at a definite risk of having a heart attack. Ironically, this health risk is what the medication is supposed to help prevent.

Interestingly enough, the study that exposed these health risks was funded by the manufacturers of Crestor, and a visit to the Crestor website reveals many reports of the common Crestor side effects, such as headaches, muscular and abdominal pain, general weakness and nausea. They mention two serious Crestor side effects that require immediate medical treatment, namely unexplained muscular pain, tenderness or weakness, particularly if the patient has a fever too. The Crestor website recommends blood tests before going onto a Crestor medication regime, as well as during the treatment program, in order to ascertain potential liver damage.

Potential Crestor side effects are particularly problematic in persons of 65 years and older, especially if used with other (unnamed) drugs.

There is no doubt that the extensive warnings on the Crestor website came about as a consequence of the 2005 FDA Crestor warning, requiring extensive alterations to the warnings on the Crestor packaging. More recently, in January 2010 and November 2010, the FDA released further Crestor warnings, in connection with depression and sleep disorders. The FDA also issued warnings about adverse reactions when Crestor is taken with Cyclosporine, and Lopinavir/Ritonavir (atazanavir/ritonavir), as well as alerting users that myopathy and rhabdomyolysis had been recorded, and attributed to the use of Crestor.

The information supplied on the Crestor website, and on the Crestor packaging insert do indicate that use of this drug is potentially harmful.

The Crestor warnings issued by the FDA are also an indication that Crestor is potentially dangerous. As early as August 2003, when Crestor was approved for use in the United States the FDA issued a warning as to the suitability of the drug for certain portions of the population, warnings which were extended periodically over the ensuing years.

Will the FDA announce a Crestor recall, in order to revalidate the drug’s test results? Only time will tell. At this point in time, it has been documented that some patients being treated with Crestor have developed type 2 diabetes. Crestor has also been directly linked to heart conditions that were not present before the patients started using Crestor.

Important Information:

We are in no way connected with, nor do we have any affiliations to, the manufacturers of Crestor, or any rosuvastatin calcium based based products.

Consult a Doctor
We do not intend, by this article or otherwise, to discourage anyone from taking medication without their doctors’ approval. Please consult your doctor, not your lawyer, on matters relating to your health. It could be dangerous to stop taking medicines, and even more dangerous should you stop abruptly. Patients should talk to their physicians to decide whether the benefits and risks of taking Crestor make it the right choice for them.

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