Crestor is rosuvastatin, a lipid-lowering agent prescribed to patients with abnormal lipid profiles. Days ago, a study showed that high doses of the drug can clear up arteries clogged with fatty deposits, in effect reversing atherosclerosis, and preventing possible heart and stroke attacks.
But not many people are rushing to buy the medicine. Many experts are criticizing the study's small sample size, and the lack of a comparative statin in the study. Although effective, Crestor is hounded by calls for its withdrawal from the market by concerned consumer groups because of reports of serious muscle wasting and kidney problems. In my own experience, I've had patients complaining of muscular aches after just a week of use.
This is the perennial problem of doctors with medicines. It is always a double-edged sword. Sure, they deliver what they promise in those advertisements, but they also deliver something more --- unwanted side effects. You simply can't have it all.