Rosuvastatin: a highly efficacious statin for the treatment of dyslipidaemia

Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2002 Mar;11(3):125-41.


Rosuvastatin is a synthetic enantiomer that is hepatoselective, relatively hydrophilic and has minimal metabolism via the cytochrome P450 3A4 system (similar to pravastatin). Rosuvastatin, like atorvastatin, has a plasma half-life of about 20 h and is a potent inhibitor of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase. The majority of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitory activity in plasma is associated with the parent rosuvastatin compound. In a Phase II study, rosuvastatin across a dose range of 1 - 80 mg lowered low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) by 34 - 65%. Phase III trials have demonstrated greater reductions in LDL-C for rosuvastatin compared to atorvastatin as well as greater increases in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). The drug appears to be well tolerated at all doses up to 80 mg/day. A starting dose of 10 mg will reduce LDL-C by approximately 50%, which should adequately treat most patients to within the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III) goals.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Corrected and Republished Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Fluorobenzenes / pharmacokinetics
  • Fluorobenzenes / therapeutic use*
  • Half-Life
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / pharmacokinetics
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Hyperlipidemias / drug therapy*
  • Pyrimidines*
  • Rosuvastatin Calcium
  • Sulfonamides*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Fluorobenzenes
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
  • Pyrimidines
  • Sulfonamides
  • Rosuvastatin Calcium