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momstrong5
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   Posted 3/26/2007 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
hi. ii'm new to this forum. my dr just put me on crestor. i was on zocor which helped lower my bad cholest but my good choles is still too low. any feedback on crestor?  thanks

Phishbowl
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   Posted 3/26/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello & Welcome!
In terms of "most widely perscribed/used", cholesterol-lowering drugs... Crestor is the latest generation of statin drugs; following it's (still to this day in the US particularly, I believe), most perscribed predesessor, Lipitor.

It's viewed as having all the same positive results as Lipitor but doesn't have the more severe side-effects that Lipitor has. I think it's supposed to have some success in helping the good cholesterol, too. Here in Canada, they seem to lean more towards perscribing Crestor than Lipitor. I think it's the side-effects thing (and probably some good 'ol politics, too :-)

Until recently, I was on Crestor for the past 6 months. At 39 years old, with only slightly elevated cholesterol, I didn't think spending (without insurance) what amounted to $700/year on "preventative therapy", was necessary at this time. I'm having some liver tests (blood tests) to check things out, as I did experience some of the statin side-effects: muscle weakness/ache, joint pain, and the one they don't tell you about but that you read a lot about in testimonials (message boards, articles, etc.)....hair falling out. It does grow back but it's like the follicles are weakened or something...anyway, that's just me.

Crestor, like other statins, is processed through the liver. You don't want to be having liver issues and be on statins. My doctors want me to consider a new drug: Ezetrol. It's a new cholesterol-lowering drug that isn't processed by the liver. Wonder how much that one is?

Not sure I really helped here????
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

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Warren
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   Posted 3/28/2007 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a long talk with my Endo guy last week as to Statins so your inquiry is right on the money.  Zocor is very popular with insurance plans in that its price point has traditionally been much more aggressive than Lipitor or Crestor or any of the others.  If an insurance company picks up a drug like Zocor as an approved statin, they usually don't put the others on the list.  Overtime that has changed, but thats where the appeal for Zocor came from. 
 
I can't speak for the efficacy of Crestor, but I can tell you what my Endo said.  He said he prefers Lipitor, because it has the most research done on it of any of the statins and has the longest and best safety profile of any of the statins.  I asked him about zetia...the part of "VYTORIN" that lowers the bad cholesterol and he said it didn't have enough test data available that he felt comforatable with it.
 
So....for what its worth, there is a reason that so many Endo's prescribe Lipitor and my Endo in particular.  I know this doesn't answer your particular question about Crestor, but its another piece to the puzzle for you.
 
scool  Warren
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