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Rosuvastatin is a medication prescribed to lower cholesterol and reduce the chance of heart disease in patients at risk of a heart attack or stroke.
It is a type of medication known as a statin that works by reducing 'bad' cholesterol, limiting the build-up of fat in the arteries and making it easier for the heart to pump blood.

  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Reduces chance of heart disease with limited side effects
  • Generic version of Crestor
  • Available in dosages of 5mg, 10mg, 20mg and 40mg

Please note the doctor will only be able to prescribe high cholesterol medication if you have taken this type of medication before or been recommended it by a doctor.

What are the benefits?

Many people who suffer from high cholesterol levels do not notice any symptoms, however the effects can be very dangerous and it can lead to complications such as angina, coronary disease and even a heart attack or stroke. Rosuvastatin is generally well-tolerated, presents a limited risk of side effects and can substantially decrease the chances of developing serious conditions which can lead to a better life expectancy.

How does it work?

Rosuvastatin works by lowering cholesterol levels when they exceed the healthy levels. The body naturally creates cholesterol from fats known as lipids and natural steroids. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is known as “good cholesterol” and helps to create cells and hormones, however low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is “bad cholesterol” which clogs arteries and can cause serious heart conditions. Rosuvastatin helps to lower the levels of LDL and increase the HDL in the body.

Who can take it?

Most patients can take high cholesterol like Crestor - the branded version of Rosuvastatin to reduce cholesterol levels and help them to lead a healthier life. However you should not take this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have suffered from certain medical conditions such as kidney or liver problems or unexplained muscle aches. When you fill in your online consultation you should also disclose any other medications you are taking, as they may affect the dosage you are prescribed.

How do I take it?

This medication can be prescribed in four different doses: 5mg, 10mg, 20mg and 40mg. However, a doctor decides which dose when prescribing high cholesterol treatment. Most patients begin by taking a daily dose of 5mg, in order to make sure that the medication is safe for them, although a doctor may increase the dose if necessary. This medication should not be taken at the same time as eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice, as it can have a negative effect on the body.

What are the side effects?

As with other statins, side effects are incredibly rare, which is why Rosuvastatin is generally considered to be a treatment suitable for everyday use. The majority of people will be able to use Rosuvastatin without experiencing any negative effects, however some might be more prone to them than others.


Headaches and dizziness may occur as a result of this medication. Memory loss is very rare. Behavioural changes and trouble sleeping are extremely rare.


Mild stomach pain is fairly common, and may be accompanied by a general feeling of sickness. Constipation may also occur. Severe stomach pain is rare.


Skin reactions are uncommon but may occur in the form of a rash or itching.


Temporary weakness in the muscles may occur, but damage and joint pain is rare.

Rosuvastatin side effects

Click on the relevant area of the body to find out about how it may be affected by Rosuvastatin

Some of the more common side effects include dizziness, constipation, muscle pain and headaches although they usually subside within a short time of beginning to take the medication.

Side effects Common Uncommon Rare Very rare Frequency unknown
Stomach pain
Feeling sick
Feeling weak
Skin reactions
Muscle damage
Severe stomach pain
Increased liver enzymes
Muscle damage
Severe liver damage
Severe allergic reaction
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Hepatitis (an inflamed liver)
Traces of blood in your urine
Damage to the nerves of your legs and arms (such as numbness)
Joint pain
Memory loss
Breast enlargement in men (gynaecomastia)
Diarrhoea (loose stools)
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (serious blistering condition of the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals)
Shortness of breath
Oedema (swelling)
Sleep disturbances, including insomnia and nightmares
Sexual difficulties
Breathing problems
Tendon injury

In some rare cases an allergic reaction can occur and the patient may experience swelling to the face or throat, trouble breathing or skin irritations. If you suffer from any of these symptoms after taking the medication you should consult a doctor immediately.

Can I buy high cholesterol treatment online?

Yes. You can buy Crestor, which is the branded version of Rosuvastatin from euroClinix after completing an online consultation form, which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. If the medication is approved, you'll be issued a prescription which will be dispatched by our registered pharmacy. You will receive your order the following day at no extra cost.

Medically reviewed by
Dr. Mahesh Chhaya MBBS Written by our editorial team
Last reviewed 16-06-2022
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