Crestor side effectsseem to be reported more and more as a result of the danger that is associated with taking the cholesterol reducing drug. One such side effect of Crestor includes kidney problems. For example, it has been reported that people are likely to suffer from kidney problems as much as 75 times more when compared to other cholesterol lowering drugs. Even more so, Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy group, brought notice of the six reported incidents of acute kidney failure or damage per each million Crestor prescriptions given out. It seems that Crestor use is significantly more dangerous than any other statin medications.
Dangerous side effects of Crestor unfortunately include the potentially fatal disease called Rhabdomyolysis. This condition can start as something that is simply minor with what seems to be just muscle aches, but Crestor muscle pain can eventually result in death. Rhabdomyolysis can cause severe and total muscle degeneration. This degeneration of the muscles floods the bloodstream with their contents, such as Myoglobin, a protein that is contained in muscle cells. If enough Myoglobin is spilled into the bloodstream, it can obstruct the kidney’s filtering system and lead to kidney failure. It is believed that serious danger is associated between Crestor and side effects, some of which could even cause death.
Yet another serious Crestor side effect that people can suffer from includes cardiac arrest. This can happen due to the dangerous level of potassium that is being released by the decaying muscles into the blood. A Public Citizen member states that Crestor medication is the only statin drug to cause primary renal failure. This member further states that the danger from renal or kidney failure can be as much as 75 times more when compared to every other statin drug combined.
Crestor has a questionable history both before and after it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The approval took a year longer than expected because the FDA looked into allegations of extremely dangerous effects of Crestor including Rhabdomyolysis. The FDA and the manufacturer of the drug, AstraZeneca, determined the dosage during testing was too high and these higher doses could lead to dangerous side effects. The drug company has since lowered its dosage recommendations. It is still important to be cautious of the side effects of Crestor 5 mg and 10 mg.