Using Crestor ? and all statins ? safely

Using Crestor — and all statins — safely

Some simple steps can help minimize or avoid muscle problems from these cholesterol-lowering drugs.

If you take Crestor (rosuvastatin), the cholesterol-lowering statin, the summer of 2005 may have felt like déjà vu all over again.

Back in 2001, the then-newest statin, Baycol (cerivastatin), was yanked from the market after 31 deaths from severe muscle breakdown were linked to the drug. Lawsuits against Baycol's maker, Bayer, began piling up, and there was a general outcry about drug safety.

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