Rosuvastatin are tablets that help to manage your cholesterol levels. They make sure your cholesterol levels don't get too high and protect you from the health risks that come with having cholesterol that is too high.
If you're already using Rosuvastatin, you've been taking them for 3 month, and you're happy with your treatment, you can reorder with Zava. Fill in a short assessment online and place your order. Your Zava Doctor will check your order is right for you and if they agree it is, we can post your treatment to you, or you can collect from a post office.
3 x 28 tablet(s) / 5 mg - £50.99
3 x 28 tablet(s) / 10 mg - £54.99
3 x 28 tablet(s) / 20 mg - £59.99
3 x 28 tablet(s) / 40 mg - £64.99
6 x 28 tablet(s) / 5 mg - £69.99
6 x 28 tablet(s) / 10 mg - £74.99
6 x 28 tablet(s) / 20 mg - £81.99
6 x 28 tablet(s) / 40 mg - £87.99
How to take rosuvastatin
- Take rosuvastatin at the same time of day each day
- Take rosuvastatin with or without food
- Make sure you swallow your tablet whole, without chewing, breaking or crushing it
Benefits of rosuvastatin treatment
- Lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and raising good cholesterol (HDL)
- Lowering triglycerides (a type of fat)
- Slowing the progression of heart disease
- Preventing heart attacks
- Preventing strokes
Side effects of rosuvastatin
- Stomach pain
- Joint pain
- Upset stomach
It's a 'statin' – Rosuvastatin is a prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol levels. It belongs to a family of drugs called statins.
It's a first-line treatment – usually the first thing a doctor will recommend for you if you have high cholesterol is to make changes in your lifestyle. This doesn’t always have enough impact, which is when statins might be prescribed. Importantly, even if you are prescribed statins, you should still make positive changes in your lifestyle.
How it works – statins will work by reducing how much cholesterol the liver produces. They do this by blocking an enzyme that the liver uses to make cholesterol. However using these should also be combined with a change in the amount of fats in the diet.
You can reorder Rosuvastatin with Zava – we offer a few quick and easy steps get it processed for you:
- Pick the medication you want to order. If you’re looking to reorder, then you should have been using the medication for at least 3 months and should be happy to continue with it.
- Fill in a quick 3-minute questionnaire – this covers relevant aspects of your health, like medications you might be taking
- Wait for our doctor to assess your answers – based on your answers, they’ll check whether you can be prescribed rosuvastatin
- Make your payment if your order is successful
- Wait for your rosuvastatin to be delivered straight to you, or collect from a post office if you prefer
Starting treatment – in the same way, it’s easy to start the process with your doctor. You should have a talk with them first about your needs and any personal health aspects they should know about. Together you can then make a safe and effective decision on whether you can be prescribed rosuvastatin. From here, once you’ve been taking the medication for at least 3 months, you can place your order on our site. Equally, once you’ve been prescribed it from your doctor, you could log this on your website and start your treatment then.
How to use – you should use rosuvastatin in the way your doctor has told you. Follow all instructions closely. See the ‘how to take rosuvastatin’ section to the right for advice on using your medication.
How to get the best results – to make sure you get the most out of your treatment, there’s more that you can do than just taking your medication on time. Some things to consider are:
- Be organised – organisation is also key when it comes to remembering to take your pill on time. For example, setting alerts or reminders on your phone could be a great way to help you make sure you’re taking your pills on time without overwhelming you. Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it's close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or within 12 hours of each other
- Manage your lifestyle – your doctor might recommend a specific diet for you, which will likely include lowering your intake of fatty foods, while increasing the amount of vegetables and fruit you have. Positive changes like this can provide support for your medication to do a good job. Additionally, you should try to avoid drinking excessive alcohol, since it can increase your fat levels and your risk of liver damage
- Exercising regularly – exercising for at least 30 minutes each day will be a great help to you, by increasing the level of your good (HDL) cholesterol, which protects against cholesterol build up. Exercise you might consider include brisk walking, jogging, running or swimming. Of course, you should seek advice if there are other exercises you want to try but are unsure of
- Check in at your pharmacy – when you fill out your prescription, make sure that you call ahead to check that your pharmacy stocks this, so you don’t end up missing any doses
- Store your medication appropriately – don’t store/leave your medication in your car, especially when the weather is very hot or cold. Store it in the original package to protect from light and moisture
Is it right for me? – your doctor will only prescribe rosuvastatin if you’ve discussed this together, and it appears to be the most suitable treatment option for you. In order to make sure that you come to the right decision on this, you need to be accurate with the information you give during your assessment so that your doctor has all the information they need to take care of you.
Who can't use rosuvastatin? – in some cases, you might not be able to take rosuvastatin, like if you:
- have an allergy to rosuvastatin or any of its ingredients (you can check this with your doctor and the information leaflet that comes with the medication)
- are pregnant or suspect you’re pregnant
- are breast-feeding
- have any form of liver disease or abnormal liver functioning
Rosuvastatin can interact with other drugs – drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. Keep a list of all the products you use, including over-the-counter and herbal products and share this with your doctor. You shouldn’t make any changes to your medications without talking to your doctor about this first. You might not be able to take rosuvastatin if you’re also taking:
- Immunosuppressants (Cyclosporines)
- Cholesterol medications (Fibrates)
- HIV drugs: Atazanavir (Reyataz), Ritonavir (Norvir), Lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra)
- Contraceptive pills
- Other statins (atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin)
- Blood thinners (warfarin)
- Hepatitis C medications (ledipasvir, sofosbuvir)
- Antacids, which contain aluminum and magnesium hydroxide (cannot be taken within two hours of using rosuvastatin)
Rosuvastatin can cause side effects – just like any other medication. You might not be one of the people who experiences these, but it’s a good idea to become aware of them, since this can help you know what to look out for. The production information leaflet that comes with rosuvastatin can be a good place to look at first to get an idea of some of the side effects that are possible. For a list of common side effects, see the ‘side effects of rosuvastatin section on this page.
What to do about side effects – general discussion with your doctor can be very valuable and help you in managing side effects, since it can raise recommendations like changing your dosage or adopting some changes in your lifestyle that you hadn’t thought about before. These might help you in managing your symptoms and making your treatment experience more pleasant, safe and effective. In some cases, side effects can become more severe or seem to persist for a while, and this is one of the cases in which you should see your doctor.
Some serious side effects include:
- an allergic reaction (rash, itching, red, swollen, blistered/peeling skin, fever, tightness of the chest/throat; difficulty breathing/swallowing/talking, swelling (mouth, face, lips, tongue, throat)
- issues with your pancreas: pancreatitis, very bad stomach/back pain, very bad upset stomach or throwing up
- blood in your urine
- being unable to urinate or if you notice a change in how much urine you have
- muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness (this can sometimes lead to kidney problems)&nbsp;
- serious liver problems
If you’re experiencing any of these serious rare side effects or any others, which are causing distress, then, you should call your doctor or your emergency services immediately. Don’t try and drive yourself to the nearest hospital – get someone to do this for you.
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