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Rosuvastatin Side Effects

Rosuvastatin is a statin, also known as Crestor, and it works to lower blood cholesterol that can be harmful to your health. 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

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Common side effects

These affect one in ten and one in every 100 and there is normally no need for concern. Although, if your side effects continue even after your body has become used to the medication or you are worried about any of the effects, you may want to visit your doctor to have your dosage reviewed or start using an alternative statin as treatment.

Uncommon side effects

These side effects affect one in every 100 and one in every 1000 patients and if you notice any of these you should tell your doctor as this medication might not be suitable for you to take.

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

Rare side effects

These side effects have been reported in one in every 1000 to one in every 10,000 people and tend to be more serious if they do occur, so in the event that you experience any of them, you should stop taking your medication and seek medical help immediately.

Very rare side effects

These effects appear at a frequency of one in every 10,000 and they should always be reported to a medical professional if they occur.

Unknown frequency

These effects are so rare that their frequency is negligible, but they can be serious.

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