What are the side effects of Rosuvastatin?
Some of the most common side effects are
- Muscle aches (up to 13%)
- Headache (6-9%),
- Dizziness (4%)
- Stomach pain
- Joint pains.
In rare cases, Rosuvastatin may cause abnormal liver tests and an increase in blood sugar. You should report any side effects to your doctor to see if Rosuvastatin should be discontinued. You should avoid drinking more than three drinks of alcohol a day while taking Rosuvastatin. Rarely, Rosuvastatin can cause muscle injury and kidney injury.
Contraindications to Rosuvastatin
- Active liver disease
- Muscle disease or myopathy
- Allergic reaction to Rosuvastatin in the past
- If you have had an adverse reaction to a statin other than Rosuvastatin, tell your doctor as you may need to avoid this medication.
Rosuvastatin and Medication Interactions
Discuss all your medications with your doctor before starting Rosuvastatin. Certain medications may interact with Rosuvastatin. This includes blood thinners such as warfarin, colchicine (gout medication), ketoconazole, spironolactone, HIV medications, fenofibrate, gemfibrozil, and niacin.
What to do if you experience side effects with Rosuvastatin?
For mild side effects such as stomach upset, headache, or muscle aches consult with your doctor as soon as possible.
Seek immediate medical attention for any of the following more severe side effects:
- Lack of energy or extreme fatigue
- Jaundice: yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Dark or foamy urine
- Pain in the right upper abdomen (liver)
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Severe itching
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Numbness or tingling in fingers or toes
Is Rosuvastatin safe in pregnancy?
Rosuvastatin should not be used if pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It should be stopped immediately if an unplanned pregnancy occurs. It should be stopped at least two to three months before becoming pregnant.
Is Rosuvastatin safe for breastfeeding?
Due to Rosuvastatin being present in breast milk, use while breastfeeding is not allowed by the manufacturer.