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Brand name: Crestor

Crestor is only available with a doctor’s prescription. It contains the active ingredient rosuvastatin.

Crestor is used to lower high cholesterol levels. Crestor works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. It reduces the ‘bad’ cholesterol and might raise the ‘good’ cholesterol.

Even if you have normal cholesterol levels, you might also be prescribed Crestor if you have high blood pressure or heart disease (or a risk of heart disease). This is to lower your chances of having a heart attack or stroke.

Crestor comes as a tablet. Crestor tablets should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. It does not matter whether you take it with food or on an empty stomach.

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Active ingredient in this medicine: rosuvastatin

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Crestor 5 mg film-coated tablet, 30

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

CRESTOR should be used as an adjunct to diet when the response to diet and exercise is inadequate.,Prevention of Cardiovascular Events,CRESTOR is indicated for prevention of major cardiovascular events in men greater than or equal to 50 years old and women greater than or equal to 60 years old with no clinically evident cardiovascular disease but with at least two conventional risk factors for cardiovascular disease (hypertension, low HDL-C, smoking, or a family history of premature coronary heart disease).,CRESTOR is indicated to: = Reduce the risk of nonfatal myocardial infarction = Reduce the risk of nonfatal stroke. = Reduce the risk of coronary artery revascularisation procedures. In patients with hypercholesterolaemia: CRESTOR is indicated for the treatment of hypercholesterolaemia (including familial hypercholesterolaemia). Prior to initiating therapy with CRESTOR , secondary causes of hypercholesterolaemia (e.g. poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, nephrotic syndrome, dysproteinaemias, obstructive liver disease, other drug therapy, alcoholism) should be identified and treated.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance A yellow, round, film-coated, biconvex tablet impressed with "ZD4522 5" on one side.

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Dosage Form Tablet, film coated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
30 tablets blister foil packs: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
7 tablets blister foil packs: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 October 2017

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