Drug Ratings for MEVACOR

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 1  High cholesterol Extreme tingling sensation in my feet, fatigue, stumbling, dizzines, deep depression, anxiety, shortness of breath etc etc F 56 4 weeks
10/27/2014
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 1  high cholesterol Burning sensation top of left toe and both legs at different times, very painful muscle soreness, stiffness in neck, numbness in jaw area and right side of face, tingling throughout my body F 40 2 months
40 Mg
3/30/2014

 1  borderline high cholesterol severe right arm and upper back. muscle spasms tingling of fingers tiredness forgetfulness leg cramps chest. tihgtnest. stopped taking. this. med. opting. for. exercise. and better. diet F 67 1 weeks
10mg
2/23/2014

 1  High Cholestol (high LDL) Update from first Rating of this Medicine dated: 9/30/2013. I was taking Lovastatin which is same as Mevacor. Would like to update readers for their own use: 1. Stated on 9/30/2012 that I did not feel any relief after 5 days of stopping the medicine. 2. On the 7th day I had more energy and was feeling better, as in having my usual alertness and energy back, not so tired. 3. By the second week, my legs were feeling better, I would say that was about 12 days after stop taking the Lovastatin. Today, 10/22/2013, my lower body feels normal except for muscles getting a bit heavy or feeling like they have been exercised too much from doing a regular walk, but besides that I think they will improve to normal in about another 2 weeks. However, my shoulders, neck, elbow, fingers and wrists still feel the side effects (burning muscles in my shoulder blades, stiff/sore neck at times (but is improving), weakness in fingers - but improving, same with the wrists and elbows. My upper arm m My doctor has told me to quit taking this medicine on 9/26/2013 and prescribed Simvastatin, 10 mg. I looked this medicine up on-line and it has the same side effects, so I'm not taking it. Right now, I'm not taking any medicine and using diet - ground flax seed, mediterranean diet, orange juice, broccoli, fish, skinless boneless chicken, no fried foods, whole wheat and whole grains, no processed foods of any kind, no doughnuts, muffins, etc., to try and see if my LDL will be able to be manageable that way. Iím also looking into Bile Acid Resins and Fibrates and/or Beta-Sitosterol, both seem to be a better option. I have asked for an NMR LipoProfile Test (also known as a Particle Test) from my doctor. Everyone should have this test done to see if you have small sticky LDL or big fluffy LDL (the big fluffy ones are what you want), see www.liposcience.com . Have not heard back from my Doctor about the test yet. F 49 0 days
20 mg 1X D
10/22/2013


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 3  high cholesterol (240) Compared to other statins, the side effects were not as bad, but still had anxiety, muscle pain, tingling in hands and feet. Also noticed weight gain (10 pounds) and bloating. F 55 6 months
10 mg 3X W
10/5/2013

 1  high cholesterol SEVERE DEPRESSION, anxiety, insomnia, suicidal thoughts. This medication almost ruined my life before I realized it was causing these terrible side effects Please be very careful if this is prescribed for you. F 61 30 days
40 mg 1X D
8/3/2013
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 1  High cholesterol Extreme fatigue, hard to digest food, diarrehea, achy muscles. Thought I was coming down with a cold but it's the Lovastatin. I feel so tired and have no motivation to do anything but sleep. F 51 14 days
20 mg 1X D
5/25/2013

 1  Total Cholesterol 301 I have been on lovastatin for 2 months. I have low back issues but when it flares up, only my right leg hurts and this pain is different and in both of my legs equally, not just my right leg. It is a diffuse leg pain/can not pin point the areas but feels deep, almost like the pain is coming from the bones or something. It is worse in the mornings...I would describe it as a deep, achy feeling in my muscles and bones with no definite origin. The pain also occurs in my buttocks, more so on my right side for the gluteal pain but equal in each leg as far as the diffuse pain I experience. It is more prominent in my lower legs, ie..my calves and shins than in my thighs. F 52
20 1X D
5/20/2012
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 1  high cholesterol Severe memory loss, very sore and stiff hip bones/muscles and muscle weakness, exhaustion/lethargy I am so happy I saw this site. I have been so worried about my memory and chalked it down to early dementia. I am 43 and shouldnt feel the way I do. I am stopping immediately. I will exercise and become a vegetarian. I have been thinking my life was over and so upset over it. I am a single dad of two adopted boys and have worried myself sick. I couldnt remember simple words. This isnt worth it. And the tiredness. all I want to do is sleep..like crazy hours of sleep 12-15 hours a day. This stuff is poison. Will report back after stopping M 43 2 years
10mg 1X D
5/8/2012
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 1  very high cholesterol I took lovastatin 20mg/d for 3 years with no side effects. Dosage was upped to 40mg and I began to decline. Joint and muscle pain. muscle spasms. Memory loss. I now feel like I am 80 years old. Stopped drug 5 days ago. Doctors reaction is incredible. No matter what you say they tell you to keep taking this drug. I will check back in in a couple of months to see if symptoms clear. Lovastatin reduced my cholesterol, but long term users beware. Side effects snuck up on me. M 45 5 years
40 mg/day 1X D
1/30/2012
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 1  high cholesterol Severe leg pain when walking, doing transfers, headache, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, fatigue. Had been taking Lipitor for years without problems. Had to change because of $. Decreased to 10 mg without success. Stopped it altogether yesterday. F 68 45 days
20 1X D
6/9/2011
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 1  High cholesterol Sore neck and back, heart racing, left leg/left arm numb, light headed - in a fog all day, dizziness - feel like going to faint, cant concentrate, trouble forming words to speak, abnormal tiredness Admission: poor diet and do not exercise...think its about time to quit the meds and start eating and working out...no more mountain dews....today 5/29/2011 going to stop meds....will report back on progress M 36 2 months
10 mg 1X D
5/27/2011
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 1  High cholesterol/triglicerides I started having shortness of breath about the same time as I started Lovastatin..thought it was just the weather but the problem has persisted to the point where I was having chest wall pain along with it. Had an EKG and Echocardiogram both of which were normal. Just found on the Mayo Clinic Website that SOB is one of the side effects. Will stop the Lovastatin and see if the SOB goes away. Very interesting comments. I have tried other Statins too without success. F 69 3 months
10 mgm 1X D
5/15/2011

 3  High cholesterol I've been taking Lovastatin for about 10 years. Had the sore muscle thing, but not severe. I am experiencing tremors (shaky hands, fingers, facial muscles. A "RARE" side effect of Lovastatin is "tremors". I have a friend who has extreme tremors and takes Lovastatin. I want to know if there are many of you out there who have experienced increasing tremors. Thanks. I might be 74, but I'm as active as most 40 year olds, might account for the sore muscles. M 74 10 years
10 Mg 1X D
3/18/2011
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 1  high chol. 256, LDL 180 at first no side effects, but after 2 weeks SEVERE muscle pain & burning in left shoulder then both shoulders. Couldnt sleep at all, pain felt like a burning sensation, hurt all the time. I had to stop exercising completely as that only aggravated symptoms. after stopping for just 2 days almost all of pain went away, can sleep normally again, now it just feels tender or brused but definitely better. I will NOT go back on, side effects were way to severe. F 46 20 days
10MG 1X D
1/28/2011
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 1  Risky Cholesterol - 214 I have been experiencing pain in my Rt Shoulder...like a rotar cuff injury. Thought I strained it exercising. Neck pain...same thoughts. Dizziness. Then i remembered my Dr. warning me about muscle pains. Came to this site...wow... This is a second round with statins in 3 years. Last time mental impairment led to 3 custom shirt jobs done wrong in a wk...lost $3k. I think I will talk to my Dr and get off them again.Then, improve my exercise and foods I eat as well as pick back up the red yeast rice, Omegas and CoQ10. A month later, I will get back to using Grapefruit Pectin too. They all helped take me from 240 to 200 last year. then I got busy, lazy, older. I think I am now anti-statin...especially after reading this site. Hope you all get better. M 54 4 days
20 MG 1X D
1/18/2011
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 1  High cholesterol I have turned into a cripple. massive arm pains, shoulder pains, knee pains, back pains, can't sleep. I used to be very active and healthy, now I feel like I am awaiting death any day now. Mine went from 220 to 198. I am going off of it tonight and will report back if I regain my life. M 52 3 years
20 mg 1X D
1/11/2011
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 1  high cholesterol the drug from hell. I felt like I was 200 years old. I could not move in the mornings I was so stiff. All my joints felt like they were swolen, but they weren't. It was absolutely horrible. I took myself off the drugs and told my doctor I would NEVER consider take a statin again. I would rather chance high cholesterol than feeling like that for the rest of my life. F 50 60 days
30 1X D
1/1/2011

 3  borderline high cholesterol Severe muscle atrophy, pain everywhere, migraines frequent & horrible when I NEVER had them before, neck stiffness, unable to exercise effectively any longer. Have made the decision to go off them. Cholesterol was 204. Dr said to go on them & it only dropped to 178. Not worth it. I am too young. I have had so many blood tests, MRI & Dr visits with every specialty imaginable, trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I recently went on vacation & didn't have them & the difference was stunning! I felt normal. I have also been supplementing with CoQ10, 50 mg per day, since I came across it 3 months ago. Migraines are slightly less painful & less frequent only. No other reduction in symptoms with CoQ10. Maybe for those in advanced age to help extend or improve life. However, Drs are prescribing these things to people younger and younger and the 40 year effects of taking these things have NOT been ascertained, nor have the effects on younger people been adequately ascertained. Same with only borderline high cholesterol cases. F 32 2.5 years
10mg 1X D
7/9/2010
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 1  high cholesterol left toe pain. At first, I blamed my new shoes. Yesterday, woke up with severe neck pain, stiff neck, soreness. Had a massage today, and some of the stiffness left. Some years ago, I took another statin at higher dose, and had continual muscle and joint pain until I figured out that it was caused by the drug. I was wondering if the stiff neck was caused by Lovostatin. Thanks to this website, I know that I'm not alone, nor am I imagining this side effect. M 52 3 months
20 MG 1X D
7/1/2010
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 1  Borderline high cholesterol Sleeplessness, significant muscle aches in lower extremities I am very dissatisfied with this drug. I have suffered from significantly disrupted sleep patterns. When I awoke in the morning, I could hardly walk from the muscle aches in my feet. The foot pain was so bad at times that I thought I had gout. I have found no evidence that these drugs reduce heart attacks or strokes, so I am not sure why I was taking it. Even if this drug does work to reduce heart attacks and strokes, I may still not take it because it has lowered my quality of life significantly. M 41 30 days
20 mg 1X D
5/25/2010

 1  choesterol major muscle pains and choesterol did not lower severe pains ---- also ate grapefruit nitely which increases chances of muscle pains or myopathy ---- F 53 60 days
1X D
4/27/2010

 1  high cholesterol Cramping in calves thighs arms prickling in feet, muscle spasm would wake me in the night. Wrist pain so bad could not open a door since turning door knob caused excruciating pain on inside wrists. Physician told me she never heard of these side effects and to keep taking the medication. Several time phoned and went to see her. She and office staff made me feel like a neurotic and office staff refused my reference of articles to the doctor about my problems. My urine became dark and strong, beginning of rabdomylosis. stopped taking the medication wrist pain went away but I have had peripheral neuropathy in both feet ever since. Causes burning on bottom of feet as if scalded, feels like full thickness blisters on bottom of feet, prickling sensations on bottom, sides and top of feet. Numbness at times that ache, feeling like feet and ankles been frozen. At times feel like I am walking on uneven surface, like floor covered with potatoes. Balance affected, walking for any length of time c Very dangerous drug. Company only concerned about profits. Statin medications have not been shown to reduce heart attacks. Interferes with the normal effect of cholesterol that helps prevent cancer, helps with protecting cells, etc. Have lots of articles I can refer you to that I have found. Damage can be permanent. F 67 8 months
30 mg 2X D
4/21/2010
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 1  High cholesterol Thought I had the flu. Nausea, stomach ache, diarrhea, right side of my neck very sore, shoulder joints ached constantly, could not sleep. Ached all over. I have never had any major problems with any drugs, but I will never take another statin. There was no warning from the doctor or pharmacist. Wish they could be in my skin tonight. Take it off the market. I had rather take my chances with high cholesterol.... F 63 3 weeks
20 mg. 1X D
3/25/2010

 1  Type 2 diabetic Watching my husband become a cripple with severe muscle pain and weakness. Additionally he saw a neurologist 2 times last year for serious memory and cognitive impairment. Was diagnosed with depression. He's 65 and over past 2 years he's gone down hill so quickly. he can no longer work as a truck driver. No idea Lovastatin could be the cause until 2 weeks ago when symptoms got so bad he could barely walk. I gave up on docs and searched internet. He stopped taking drug 2 weeks ago. No major improvement in muscle pain and weakness so far, but he seems mentally sharper. I am praying he will be back to himself again in a few months. This has been a nightmare and in all his many recent doctor appts, this was never brought up as a possible cause for these frightening symptoms. I am angry! M 65 10 years
20 MG 1X D
3/18/2010

 4  cholesterol I sleep better at night and my arthritic knees have improved. I was headed for partial knee replacements on both knees. I have put this off as my knees are so much better. Last Saturday I danced at least 15 fast dances at the local bar with no ill effects the next day. F 61 90 days
15 mg 1X D
3/16/2010

 1  High LDL Diarrhea, dehydration, stomach pain, muscle pain , cramps in toes and feet, trembling in arms and legs, dry eyes, belching, acid reflux, light headedness, high blood pressure, weakness By blood pressure has always been 110/70. It went to 180. We were on vacation, got medical help on ship. Stopped taking it and improving. Still have gut pains. Easier to die then live this sick: all interest in life left. And it was my daughter's 40th party and I could not keep food. Change in personality. F 66 20 days
40mg 1X D
3/3/2010

 1  hi cholesterol diarhea when taking 20 mg. changed to 10 mg. after a few wks. gradually increased to 20 - muscle pain and weakness - had been doing a series of exercizes for 2 yrs. - now could not complete. Dr. had me on simvastatin and pravastatin with similar results - some included leg pain during the night. Why keep patients on these statins? This time he told me to keep positive? How? When walking is difficult, rashes appear, and u get sharp pain in ur head - all of which u never had previously! Time for a change! F 69 2 months
20 mg 1X D
2/26/2010

 1  high chloresterol Muscle pain in my hips, thighs and calves, numbness in my feet, the combination of these issues made it difficult to walk even short distances. Finally went to see my Doctor about these issues. I thought I was arthritic and was taking Aleeve with no relief. Doc told me to stop taking the Lovastatin immediatley! I wish I would of been told of the muscle pain side effects when the drug was prescribed, I would of gone to see the Doctor sooner. I was told I should start to get relief from my sysmptoms in a week. I sure hope so, the muscle pain is intense! M 55 6 months
40 1X D
2/25/2010

 2  High Cholesterol Dizzyness,Memmory loss, Felt like i was in a fog all the time, loss of strength, heart felt like it was twiching, Felt like the top of my head was going to pop off. I work on high voltage and i don't need a medication given me problems. I realiy don't have much of choice if i keep taking the meds i'll be dazed and confused and the high voltage will kill me, or stop taking the meds and die of a heart attack. M 46 10 days
20 MG 2X D
2/15/2010

 1  Elevated Cholesterol memory loss, fuzzy thinking, mental slowness, clumsiness, inability to form words when speaking, mild joint pain (wrists) After taking this for about a week, I noticed the above symptoms on a very mild scale. I initially wrote it off to the long and late hours I was working for part of that first week. (4 days with only about 4-5 hours sleep.) After that assignment was completed, I went back to my regular work routine of two or three hours per day and 8-9 hours of sleep, however the symptoms did not abate and got progressively worse. After two weeks, I knew something well out of the ordinary was happening to me and the only logical conclusion was that because I was not doing anything else differently, it had to be the drug. I called a friend whom I knew was taking statins and asked him if he had experienced any side effects similar to mine. He said that except for severe muscle damage that he experienced, I could have been describing his symptoms. His doctor told him it was undoubtedly the statin and took him off. I quit the drug today and have called my doctor. I will report back on what happens. M 57 28 days
20mg 1X D
2/5/2010

 1  High Cholesterol Burning, numbness, tingling, trembling in arms and legs, stiff neck, neausea, blurred vision, forgetfulness, muscle weakness/stiffness, irritable. Felt like I had a serious illness most of the time. Poison! Would not reccomend for any reason. Had to stop running because I was no longer able. Was on lower doses for three years with no problems. Increased to 80 mg for six months and started having problems. Never imagined it could be the meds. Tested for other diseases until I ran accross this site. Quit taking immediately. Felt somewhat better immediately but still had side effects off and on for about 1 1/2 months. Now feel great and able to run 1 hour a day. Going to try other drugs to lower cholesterol. M 37 3 years
1/26/2010
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 1  High Cholesterol 1st feeling of rushing of blood in chest, flash warm feeling. I feel like I have been beat up all over my body. Doctor said fibromyalgia, despite Chiropracter/massage therapist denying this. I have a high tolerance to pain, due to 4 discs being gone in my lower back. So why would I develope this now? Extreme right shoulder pain, tightness. Had upper back injury years ago and attributed numberness in fingers and arms to that, appears to be drug related. Cramping in muscles, twitching in hip joints. Cannot sleep or fall asleep, pain all over, took prescribed sleeping pill, Oxycodone, Neurontin and still could not sleep for hours. This is after the 2nd time being on the medicine. Told doctor that Pharmacist vehemently warned against using this. Took it for a month, was off 2 weeks. Apparently it takes longer for the symptoms to go away, but they did get better. On it again and it is worse. Husband read this and said stop taking it now! I actually slept that night all the way through and l I asked to try anything else and the doctor insisted on this medication. I would not go back on it for anything. I was taking Lyrica for fibromyalgia and also Raniditine for acid reflux, besides the pain pill above and sleeping aid. Why take a medication and then have to take 4 more drugs to counter its effects? F 52 60 days
1/21/2010

 2  lower LDL dry eye blurred vision migraine sore neck stomach ache nausea tingling/burning/itching feet difficult urination stiff and sore thighs difficulty walking muscle weakness Normally I work out 7 days a week and am very healthy. Started on lovastatin to lower elevated LDL cholesterol. Dry eyes and blurred vision right away, stomach and head ache progressed to migraines which I haven't had in three years. Random itchy rashes. Muscle pain in my legs and I get so stiff I have to stand up carefully and hold the railings to go up and down stairs. After 15 Dr. visits I read about the side effects and stopped the drug last night. No one asked about taking new medication and statin side effects. Woke up this morning feeling better with diminished head and stomach ache. Hope this all resolves soon. Was on 20 mg Lovastatin. F 56 100 days
1/18/2010

 1  doctor's idea After 5 years my thigh muscles became so stiff and weak I could barely get in and out of the car, had to use hands to life. Also since stopping I noticed I no longer needed to take Prilosec for heartburn and that my loose bowel movements firmed up. I had never thought of side effects such as those. My legs still ache at night but a lot less than at the height. Blood test showed no muscle damage and only one liver enzyme slightly raised. I'm taking Q-10 and Carnitine supplements now, and hope to recover fully. M 75 5 years
12/5/2009
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 5  2 NEUROSURGERIES / HIGH CHOL. NONE WHATSOEVER. KNOCKED MY CHOL DOWN IN 3 MONTHS FROM 280 TO 80. WHAT CAN I SAY? IT WORKED FOR ME, 100% THANKFUL. LOOKS LIKE I'M ON IT FOREVER NOW. M 57 3 years
11/8/2009

 2  Hi cholesterol and family history Soreness in upper lift arm, as if a bruise or recent vaccination (which it is not), numbness in left side of face, itchy eyes, some blurriness of vision? Have just started 40mg of lovastatin, 3 days. Read the side effects from the pharmacy and was alarmed. Then the shoulder pain started and I began researching side effects on line. Found this site. Am very concerned, and will not continue. I will discuss this with my doctor further. Also am concerned that my 87 year old mother's dementia symptoms may be related. Have read that some experience memory loss and cognition difficulties taking statins. Too many drugs!! M 57 3 days
10/31/2009

 1  high cholesterol Took only 5 lovastatin tablets and had muscle pain, was weak, trembly, low blood sugar, ulcers in mouth and on tongue, terrible acid reflux. Took me several days to feel a bit better. It was very frightening. Took tablet every other day for 10 days for a total of 5 doses. F 61 10 days
10/14/2009

 1  blocked stent Sporadic but frequent joint and muscle pain, especially in right shoulder and arm, but also left side, also hips and knees. Considerable and constant foot swelling also being experienced but possible lisinopril effect. Was reluctant to take it because 4 months after double bypass 9 years ago I was put on simvastatin which made me weaker and weaker but without pain. Told VA docs over and over but had to find out for myself that weakness was a simvastatin side effect; stopping it stopped the progression of the weakness. Just so, if lovastatin is the cause of my current problems - and the muscle pain is certainly not the result of trauma - the docs just haven't managed to come up with that possibility in three consults. M 70 5 months
7/11/2009
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 1  High Cholesterol I've experienced headaches, neck pain, pain in mostly all my upper body joints, having a hard time falling a sleep at night, and tired through out the day. I've only been taking this medication for two weeks. After the research I've done, I'll be stopping the medication today, and try an alternative solution. F 50 15 days
5/8/2009
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 5  high cholesterol none Taking lovastatin for almost 1 yr. Dr. started at lower dosage and checked blood every 3 months increasing dose each time until I reached 80 mg a day. My cholesterol is now where it should be and I have no problems taking the drug. F 68 11 months
5/1/2009

 1  high cholesterol ANy one on statin drugs should read the Businessweek article from Jan. 28, 2008. Research done by scientist, not pharm. companies. I quit taking it after reading this article. Useless, harmful drug! F 53
3/23/2009

 1  high cholesterol I am only 43 years old but after two weeks on this medication I developed serious memory problems such as forgetting the birth dates of my children. I've always had a sharp mind and was not taking any other medication so I knew it was the mevacor. I've since read that all statins have this side effect and that drug companies hid the side effect data when the FDA approved statins for human use. I was forgetting critical information at work and was scared that I was developing early dementia. The symptoms stopped within a week of stopping the mevacor. But my doctor still wants to try me on another statin. They say memory problems are rare-tell that to the executive who kept taking a statin for 2 years while his memory got so bad that he lost his job. The problem didn't reverse like mine after stopping the drug. The problem is that side effects like mine happen gradually so that it may take a long time (maybe never) before realizing that it is the medicine that is making you sick. When do F 43 14 days
1/29/2009

 1  elevated cholesterol Nausea, fatigue, low energy, depression, and muscle pain numbness in legs, feet, shuffling when walking, memory loss, falling, tripping, loss of balance, inability to drive, dry eye, inability to function blurred and double vision. This med makes it hard to raise 13 mo.granddaugher.And try to keep on getting around. M 65 2 years
1/13/2009
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 1  High Cholesterol Fatigue; hand and finger pain (can't open jars or cut uncooked veggies); hair loss at crown; short term memory loss/forgetfullness; difficulty getting in & out of car; sitting to standing; back and shoulder pain, pulling sensation in legs, at night...Feel like a sickly old lady! When taking 10mg, I did not notice any symptoms. Dr. increased dosage to 20mg (he did not see enough progress on lower dose). Yes, my numbers have improved, however, I do not wish to live in agony...Quitting meds tonight! F 59 3 months
1/5/2009

 1  high cholesterol Was on lovastatin for 3 years. Cholesterol stayed around 200. Dr. suggested increasing dose from 20 to 40. Took the increased dose for two months. For the past week, I have barely been able to walk. Pain in my legs and hips was the worst pain I have ever experienced. I have been off the drug for one week. Pain is still pretty bad. I have been taking Darvocet and Motrin. I have a few hours of tolerable discomfort. I am wondering how long this will take to get out of my system. I am used to going to the gym for yoga, aerobics and swimming at least 5 days a week. Right now I would be happy to just be able to walk without pain. I was on the increased dose for 2 months. Did not have problems on the lower dose. If anyone has had similar experience...HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO GET DRUG OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM AND FEEL NORMAL? F 63 2 months
1/1/2009
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 2  elevated cholesterol/family history Severe moscle and joint pain in hips and upper arms. Stiffness and difficulty sleeping -waking early in AM with arm pain. Tool lovostatin without difficulty but started having symptoms after about 18 months while on 60 mgs per/day. Getting better off lovostatin for two weeks but still difficult to raise one arm above horizontal and persistent hip pain. M 69 400 days
12/17/2008

 2  High Cholesterol I have only been on it for a week but coincidentally have no energy and general malaise. I have a history of depression and wonder if this medication is right for me. I was denied by my insurance for a more effective yet more expensive medication. I am wondering if this medication is worth the cost savings. F 37 7 days
12/10/2008

 1  elevated cholesterol Nausea, fatigue, low energy, depression, and eventually muscle pain and dyspepsia. All gone within a few weeks of stopping the medication. One symptom remains: atypical neuropathy, although even this is a bit better. Of note that in over 20 visits with three different physicians I was repeatedly asked about my symptoms and the medications I take regularly. On NOT ONE SINGLE OCCASION did any physician ever wonder whether my symptoms derived from taking this drug. But yes, they wanted to prescribe other drugs for some of the symptoms. I basically had to figure this out myself. M 61 8 years
12/7/2008

 1  High Cholestorel numbness in legs, feet, shuffling when walking, memory loss, appeared to have symptoms of parkinsons or ALS, falling, tripping, loss of balance, inability to drive, dry eye, inability to function Posting this for others to see. My father, athletic, healthy male who worked out daily at the gym, went to the doctor for first time just for a physical when he turned 64 years of age. Doctor placed him on lovastatin. Within weeks he had weakness in legs, problems with back, would run into walls, lose balance. After 6 months developed dry eye. When he visited doctor, and explained doctor said it was from 'aging'. My father must have aged 30 years in 6 months. He is now (after three years, 2 of those years on lovastatin) unable to leave the house on his own and can not drive. I had to move back with him to watch him. In the last two weeks I witnessed him take two very bad falls, and he couldnt get up without my help. He has been taking coq10 in high doses due to what i've read on the internet. It seems to have seriously improved him but still he has the above symptoms. This drug changed our lives for good. Its poison! M 67 2 years
11/20/2008
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 1  high cholestrol Blurred and double vision, severe dizziness, migrane headaches, memory problems,fatigue Thanks to everyone for their postings. I was beginning to think that I had a brain tumor and actually had an MRI. My doc prescribed 40 mg of this poison...twice the normal dosage. It is reassuring to know that once this drug is stopped, the senses return to normal. Again, why is this drug on the market? Can anyone tolerate it? F 53 21 days
11/19/2008
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 4  high cholesterol some bloating after taking, usually last a couple of hours taking generic, lovastatin 20 mg. lowered bad cholesterol from 212 to 167 in 3 months Dr. just increased amt. to 40 mg. so I'll check back in after my 3 month trial with the increase. F 67 3 months
10/16/2008

 1  slightly elevated cholesterol Memory loss increasing to severe, stumbling on flat surface , worsening to weakness in all muscles incl bladder, swallowing, pain in legs, shoulders, old injury sites "flaring up", abdominal pain, bloating,night sweats, misery. it seems to be automatic to give new diagnosed type 2 diabetes pts blood pressure and cholesterol meds. Started Lovasatin March 2003.By Sept memory loss became noticeable,vague pains, abdominal bloating, December told Dr. going to cut 40mg dose in half. Dr havd not heard of any other patient with mem=ory loss or pains. Blood tests normal. Apparently I didn't see less rapid decline till muscle pain crept in, very very slowly, then old injuries became terribly painful especially at night and feet so I had to put folded towel in shower in AM. Memory loss became much worse, Called Dr. Aug 07 and said I would die of high cholesterol, rather than live like this. Quit statin over three days, one day later took 200mg Coenzyme Q 10 and woke up next day without pain in feet. Never had again. I take fish oil and CoQ10 100mg daily since then,Memory all but back to normal- did 1st Crossword puzzle three months ago, But was so bad I realize I had unsteady walk, could not climb up onto one step with F 66 2 years
7/13/2008

 5  Elevated Cholesterol From my previous posts, I have reduced the side effects to my back maybe cracks a little more than usual - during the day I'll twist this way ot that or flex my sholder back and get a crack out of my back. It's really a very minor side effect. I reported twice before on this post (I used the same description found in the left most column). For clarification, Mevacor, Lovastatin, Monocolins and Red Yeast Rice are [pretty much] the same drug. - Anyways, my numbers now are: Total 194, HDL 53, LDL 129, triglycerides very good, glucose a little elevated but still well within normal. - here is what I did and what I have changed since these numbers were derived. 1/2 pill of Red Yeast Rice (5.2g monocolins), 1500 mg niacin (actually 1200 niacin and 300 inositol in the form of inositol hexanicotinate), 5 1g fish oil pills (molecularly distilled to remove any toxins), b-complex with and also extra folic acid and b12, 200mg CoQ10 (minimum) - Going forward I will increase niacin to 2000mg to increase my HDL. I must be careful and watch my liver function number because niacin as well as the red yeast rice puts a strain on the liver. CoQ10 is absolutely essential for the elimination of many of my earlier symptoms. M 49 18 months
6/26/2008
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 1  High cholesterol Memory loss, numbness and tingling in extremities, muscle pain and wasting, atrial fibrillation, bone pain, joint pain, insomnia, poor vision etc... According to doctor blood tests seem normal to him. Started having heart fibrillations 6 years into this drug therapy. Stopped taking drug and symptoms went away. Start drug symptoms return. Doctor believes drug not responsible. Common senes tells me to stop but don't want to piss doctor off. Hard to find doctors here in Hawaii. Predisposing factor to having negative symptoms may be stress from police job etc. Being on this drug is like a death sentence. Cannot even work out to get back in shape...ironic..been on drug 7 years. M 47 7 days
6/10/2008

 1  high cholesterol Nausea, insomnia, nervousness, loud ringing in ears, forgetfulness, confusion on low doses I've taken several statins with similar intolerable side effects. The cure is worse than the disease in this case of many of us. M 64 2 months
4/5/2008

 1  high cholesterol insomnia, depression, anxiety, muscle weakness and pain, reflux, loss of energy, enthusiasm and drive. Tendonitis, stomach upset, pain in side. memory loss. The worst experience I have ever had. Have been off one month and am improving in ever area. The change is very dramatic. Took it 3 years, no symptoms in the beginning, came on gradual and I didn't attribute them to medication until my doctor had me discontinue. As if by Magic all my complaints cleared up. I felt so bad I was feeling suicidal. F 8
3/28/2008
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 1  High Cholesterol Joint and muscle pain. Tingling and numbness in extremities. Fatigue, fatigue fatigue. Weakness. Stopped taking a week ago and am just starting to feel like myself again. M 60 3 years
3/24/2008

 1  High Cholesterol Pain and swelling in hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. Symptoms were diagnosed as arthritis and prescribed 1600 mg of ibuprofin and sulfasalazine for arthritis. This drug is worse for your health than high cholesterol. M 58 2 years
2/21/2008

 1  cholesterol I am having severe muscle aches,joint pain, headache's . I can not walk after sitting for awhile because of ankle and leg pain. I also have found after sitting in a car for awhile is even harder on my legs and my hips. I have been to my doc.test show no arthritis. My Doc has never mentioned any side effects with lovastatin, he says I have some form of arthritis or auto-immune even though all test are negative M 51 14 months
2/6/2008
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