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Review: could Crestor cause Weight gain - unintentional?

Summary: Weight gain - unintentional could be caused by Crestor, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Aspirin, and have Blood cholesterol increased.

We study 57,607 people who have side effects while taking Crestor from FDA and social media. Among them, 1,062 have Weight gain - unintentional. Find out below who they are, when they have Weight gain - unintentional and more.

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Crestor

Crestor (latest outcomes from 59,838 users) has active ingredients of rosuvastatin calcium. It is often used in high blood cholesterol.

Weight gain - unintentional

Weight gain - unintentional (latest reports from 521,568 patients) has been reported by people with depression, high blood pressure, bipolar disorder, pain, high blood cholesterol.

On Apr, 10, 2014: 57,607 people reported to have side effects when taking Crestor. Among them, 1,062 people (1.84%) have Weight Gain - Unintentional. They amount to 0.20% of all the 520,712 people who have Weight Gain - Unintentional on eHealthMe.

Trend of Weight gain - unintentional in Crestor reports

Time on Crestor when people have Weight gain - unintentional * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Weight gain - unintentional15.69%37.25%12.75%8.82%18.63%5.88%0.98%

Age of people who have Weight gain - unintentional when taking Crestor * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Weight gain - unintentional0.10%0.00%0.00%0.00%3.01%14.73%30.50%51.66%

Severity of Weight gain - unintentional when taking Crestor ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Weight gain - unintentional3.12%53.12%31.25%12.50%

How people recovered from Weight gain - unintentional ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Weight gain - unintentional16.67%0.00%83.33%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Blood cholesterol increased (243 people, 22.88%)
  2. Hypertension (128 people, 12.05%)
  3. Depression (105 people, 9.89%)
  4. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (82 people, 7.72%)
  5. Hypercholesterolaemia (75 people, 7.06%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (212 people, 19.96%)
  2. Nexium (125 people, 11.77%)
  3. Metformin hcl (111 people, 10.45%)
  4. Furosemide (102 people, 9.60%)
  5. Lipitor (100 people, 9.42%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Spencer on May, 31, 2012:

    For about 8 years I experienced continuous weight gain. Although I didn't (until now) attribute the weight gain to Crestor. I had gained about 60 pounds. I tried dieting and exercise but I also found that I was experiencing extreme lethargy and other symptoms so that was hard to do. I should mention that I was also taking Lisinopril which may be more likely to explain the side effects I was observing. About two months ago I just decided to stop taking both drugs as I decided a heart attack was preferable to continued existence the way I felt.

    Guess what? Most of my symptoms quickly subsided. I was more energetic, exercised intentionally and as a consequence of my suddenly more active life cycle. I sleep better, snore less, have better balance and even my arthritic symptoms have pretty much disappeared. I have lost 20 pounds in the last two months. Interestingly, may blood pressure has increased only slightly. I'm actually wondering if Crestor might be partially responsible for the formerly elevated blood pressure.

    Unfortunately my cholesterol increased to the point that I have returned to taking Crestor. I'll be able to report in a few weeks whether I can attribute the ill effects to Crestor or Lisinopril or the combination of drugs.

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    Karina on Nov, 21, 2012:

    Just wondered how things turned out for you, Spender. I experienced sudden & otherwise unexplained wait gain after being on Crestor for about 8 weeks. My doctor was very interested in this and will now be weighing all of his patients on Crestor. I am now going to try Lipitor instead (unfortunately, Pravachol, which didn't affect my weight, also didn't manage my cholesterol).

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  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • I have had severe persistent diarrhea for 25 months. Weight loss of 40 pounds. Ater a sigmoidoscopy with biopsies, 2 colonoscopies with biopsies, barium xrays/scans. upper endoscopy - the dianosis was IBD/Chrons from top to bottom. I did 2 courses (each 6 weeks of Entocort EC and then I have been doing Asacol 800mg, 4 times a day for 9 weeks. In the last 3 weeks the diarrhea has subsided, BM's are predictable but I have gained 12 pounds and my entire torso is bloated. (no gas - or pressure) and no pain or discomfort. Is this normal?

    Reply

  • From this study (3 years ago):

  • I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Two months ago I woke up with severe pain in my left shoulder. I was diagnosed with a "blocked" shoulder and given Lyrica and Elavil. I take Aleve 220 mg every third day with great satisfaction, but I am told that it is a dangerous medication due to side effects. I also noticed that whatever I eat, salad or pasta, etc. I gain weight. There are days where my legs hurt so much that I have some difficulty walking which I enjoy very much. What am I doing wrong?

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