Crestor 20mg Tablets 30


Drug Name: rosuvastatin
Private Price $23.99
PBS $23.74
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Crestor 20mg Tablets 30

Crestor 20mg Tablets 30

Product ID: 50779

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information


Rosuvastatin calcium

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some of the common questions people ask about CRESTOR. It does not contain all the information that is known about CRESTOR.It does not take the place of talking to your doctor and pharmacist.All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor will have weighed the risks of you taking CRESTOR against the benefits they expect it will have for you.If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What CRESTOR is for

Everyone has cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood. They are fatty substances needed by the body for many things.Triglycerides are an energy source for the body. Cholesterol is used for such things as building cells, making bile acids (which help to digest foods) and making some hormones.There are different types of cholesterol. Too much of the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) can block the blood vessels that supply your heart and brain with blood, and can cause heart attack, angina and stroke. The "good" cholesterol (HDL) helps to remove the bad cholesterol from the blood vessels. High levels of triglycerides can be associated with a low level of "good" cholesterol and may increase the risk of heart disease.CRESTOR belongs to a group of medicines known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (also known as 'statins'). It lowers the "bad" cholesterol, and raises the "good" cholesterol when exercise and changes to diet are not enough on their own.Cholesterol is present in many foods and is also made by your body. CRESTOR does not reduce the cholesterol that comes from fat in food. Because of this, when you are taking CRESTOR, you need to follow a low-fat diet, control your weight and exercise regularly.High cholesterol is also more likely to occur with certain diseases or if you have a family history of high cholesterol.Your doctor will have explained why you are being treated with CRESTOR and told you what dose to take. Your doctor may need to check your cholesterol levels before prescribing CRESTOR or changing your dose.Follow all directions given to you by your doctor carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for another use. Ask your doctor if you want more information.

CRESTOR is not addictive.

CRESTOR is not recommended for use in children as its effects in children have not been established.

Before you use CRESTOR

When you must not use it

Do not use CRESTOR if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Ask your doctor about effective methods of contraception.

If you become pregnant, stop taking CRESTOR as soon as you find out and see your doctor immediately.

Do not use CRESTOR if you are breast feeding. We do not know if your baby can take in CRESTOR from breast milk if you are breast feeding.

Do not use CRESTOR if you have active liver disease.

Do not use CRESTOR 40 mg if you have:
low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism)
a personal or family history of hereditary muscular disorders
a previous history of muscular problems from using other lipid-lowering agents
a history of very heavy alcohol use
Asian heritage
been prescribed another class of lipid lowering agent called a fibrate
severe kidney impairment
situations that may increase CRESTOR blood levels

Do not use after the use by (expiry) date printed on the pack. It may have no effect at all, or worse, an entirely unexpected effect if you take it after the expiry date.

Do not use CRESTOR if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.

Do not use it to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to. Do not give this medicine to anyone else.

Before you start to use it

You must tell your doctor if:
1. you have any allergies to:
any other statins such as simvastatin (e.g. ZOCOR, LIPEX); pravastatin (e.g. PRAVACHOL); atorvastatin (e.g. LIPITOR); fluvastatin (e.g. VASTIN)
any ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet

If you have an allergic reaction, you may get a skin rash, hay fever, difficulty in breathing or feel faint.
2. you have any of these medical conditions
liver problems
kidney problems
low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism)
a personal or family history of muscle disorders
a history of muscle problems from using other lipid-lowering agents

It may not be safe for you to take CRESTOR if you have any of these conditions. Your doctor may do a blood test to check if you have any problems, and may adjust the dose of CRESTOR.
3. you have any unexplained aches or pains in your muscles
4. you regularly drink large amounts of alcohol

Excessive alcohol consumption may not be safe in patients taking CRESTOR.Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines including:
cyclosporin (e.g. SANDIMMUN and NEORAL, used, for example, after organ transplant)
antacids (medicines used to treat heartburn and indigestion). CRESTOR can be taken 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking an antacid
warfarin (e.g. COUMADIN and MAREVAN, used to stop blood clots)
gemfibrozil (e.g. LOPID, JEZIL, and AUSGEM, used to lower blood lipids)
Lopinavir/ritonavir combination (KALETRA) used to treat HIV infection
medicines that you buy at the chemist, supermarket or health food shop, including herbal medicines.

Your doctor will consider if CRESTOR should be used together with any of these medicines, or may wish to adjust the dose of CRESTOR or the other medicines. These medicines may affect the way CRESTOR works.Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you what to do if you are taking any of these medicines.If you have not told your doctor about any of these things, tell them before you take CRESTOR.

Effects on driving and using machinery

Be careful driving a car or operating machinery until you know if CRESTOR affects you. CRESTOR generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. However, as with many other medicines, CRESTOR may cause dizziness in some people.


How to take it

The usual starting dose is one 5 mg or 10 mg tablet taken once daily. Depending on your condition and ethnic background, your doctor will decide the most appropriate starting dose for you.Your doctor will monitor your cholesterol and triglyceride levels during your treatment, and, if needed, may increase your CRESTOR dose to 20 mg once daily. For most patients a maximum 20 mg CRESTOR daily dose is sufficient to treat their condition.A small number of patients may need to further increase their CRESTOR dose to 40 mg once daily, for example patients whose high cholesterol is hereditary. Your doctor will advise you on the dose that's right for your condition. The daily dose of CRESTOR must not exceed 40 mg daily.DO NOT INCREASE OR ADJUST YOUR CRESTOR DOSE YOURSELF.

Take CRESTOR once a day, at about the same time each day. Keeping a regular time for taking CRESTOR will help to remind you to take it.

Swallow each tablet whole with a drink of water. CRESTOR can be taken at any time of the day. It does not matter whether you take CRESTOR with food or on an empty stomach.

While taking CRESTOR you also need to follow a low-fat diet, control your weight and exercise regularly.

How long to take it

You must continue to take it as directed. CRESTOR helps lower your blood cholesterol and triglycerides. It does not cure your condition. If you stop taking CRESTOR, your cholesterol and triglycerides levels may rise again.

You may have to take cholesterol-lowering medicines for the rest of your life.

If you forget to take it

If you forget to take a dose of CRESTOR, take it as soon as you remember, as long as it is more than 6 hours before your next dose is due. Otherwise, wait until your next dose is due and take it as normal.

Do not double the dose to make up for the one you missed.

If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.


Telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital immediately if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much CRESTOR even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

While you are using it

Things you must do

Have your blood cholesterol and triglycerides checked when your doctor says so to make sure CRESTOR is working.

Stop taking CRESTOR and contact your doctor immediately if you become pregnant while you are taking CRESTOR.

Things you must not do

Do not stop taking CRESTOR unless you have discussed it with your doctor.

Side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking CRESTOR. CRESTOR helps most people with too much cholesterol, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.

All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
nausea (feeling sick)
stomach pain
unusual tiredness
itchy skin
memory loss
stiff or painful joints (arthralgia)

These are all mild side effects of CRESTOR.Tell your doctor immediately or go to casualty at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
aching muscles, muscle tenderness or weakness not caused by exercise, particularly if you also have a fever or generally feel unwell
swelling of the face, eyelids and lips

These are all serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention Serious side effects are rare.

Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell. Some people may get other side effects while taking CRESTOR.

After using it


Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take CRESTOR out of the blister pack it will not keep well.

Keep it in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.

Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep it where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard, at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground, is a good place to store medicines.

Do not leave it in the car on hot days.


Ask your pharmacist what to do with any CRESTOR tablets you have left over if your doctor tells you to stop taking them, or you find that the expiry date has passed.

Product description

What CRESTOR looks like

CRESTOR 5mg are yellow, round, film-coated, biconvex tablets engraved "ZD4522 5" on one side.
CRESTOR 10mg are pink, round, film-coated, biconvex tablets engraved "ZD4522 10" on one side.
CRESTOR 20mg are pink, round, film-coated, biconvex tablets engraved "ZD4522 20" on one side.
CRESTOR 40mg are pink, oval, film-coated, biconvex tablets, engraved "ZD4522" on one side and "40" on the other side.

CRESTOR tablets are available in blister packs of 30 tablets.


CRESTOR contains rosuvastatin calcium as the active ingredient, equivalent to rosuvastatin 5mg, 10mg, 20mg and 40mg.plus,
Cellulose Microcrystalline (E460)
Calcium phosphate
Magnesium stearate (E572)
Glyceryl triacetate.

The 5mg tablets are coloured with titanium dioxide and iron oxide yellow.

The 10mg, 20mg and 40mg tablets are coloured with titanium dioxide (E171) and iron oxide red (E172).


AstraZeneca Pty Ltd
ABN 54 009 682 311
Alma Road

This leaflet was prepared in February 2007.

Australian Registration Numbers:

5mg 119120
10mg 119128
20mg 119130
40mg 119135

CRESTOR is a trade mark of the AstraZeneca group of companies.

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