Drug Ratings for ZOCOR

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 1  high cholestorol Chest pain, shortness breath, unexplained weight gain (30lbs), muscle pain, itchy, waking up all night long, blurry vision This drug is poison. My life has been ruined and doctors will not admit statins caused my issues. I was healthy right before I started the statin. I now have, so I am told, Fibromyalgia, CFS, trigger finger, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, chronic Costochondritis and Peripheral neuropathy. Did not have any of these issues before statins but somehow coincidentally I developed all of these issues starting one month after starting statins. This is what the doctors tell me anyway. Do not take this drug if you want to keep your quality of life. F 52 7 months
20 1X D
12/19/2014
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 1  Elevated cholesterol (230) Had been experiencing bad muscle pain (upper arms, upper legs, shoulders, and hip joints) for over 3 years. Finally suspected it might be related to simvastatin. Doctor said quit taking it for a month and see what happens. Within 2 days the pain was pretty much gone, but after a month still some fatigue but not as bad. Now a week into trying pravachol. Pain is back but not near as bad. In a couple weeks doc says to come back in to discuss other options. Probably fine for most people, but 10-20% get muscle pain. Have lost 10lbs since quitting just because now a can move around and get back into exercising after 3 years sedentary. F 54 3.5 years
40mg 1X D
10/31/2014
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 1  cholesterol was a little high Started with shoulder pain Then hips , knees, ankles, ankles get so stiff I cant walk some time. Pain all over joints and muscle, severe pain in my head , especially left head pain. Had some teeth removed because of the pain in my jaws.reacurring infections in head, and bladder infections. I am 4 years off the 20mg. Zocor and still in pain, and no doctors know whats wrong with me. I hate this drug , it should never have been given out, when I called merck they told me I had to complain to turkey or india thats where it was made.checked on the company and the US government has had problems with this company operating problems.i know I have been poisened , I have been off it for 4 years and I still have to battle every day with the joint pain , muscle painfrom head to toe.not to mention my short term memory is gone and severe pain in my head. Doctor says I have reaccuring sinus infections and bladder infections. I too cannot clean my house , walk any further then I could throw a ball, cannot pick up my grandchildren no muscle, I am 56 year old female that went diagnosed for 2 1/2 years and my doctor refused to give me anything for the pain. She said not until we figure out what is causing the pain . This was the only medication I was on , and the _____ could not diagnose me. Went to rheumatologis and she found out thru blood it was the zocor F 56 2.6 years
20 1X D
10/6/2014

 1  mild stroke / no after effects Weak muscles, fatigue, headaches, overall body pains, light head at times, frequent urination, just that run over by a truck sensation. My GP put me on it and after 45 days, my neurologist told me to stop. He wanted me in the gym 5 or 6 days a week, along with major diet changes, but using Zocor was not allowing me the affordability of working out and letting my own body help in the healing process - counter productive. M 70 45 days
20 1X D
7/31/2014

 1  As a precaution against heart attac I had intense cramps, weakness, and other vague pains in my right leg, which was weakened from childhood polio. I was starting to fear that I might end up in a wheel chair. I had no problem with this drug for 3 years. My polio attack (age 6) was relatively light, and I have always been active. I tried stopping Simvastatin (Zocor) 3 times because I couldn't really believe the drug was causing my problems - which I feared was caused by Post Polio Syndrome. I was not advised to stop the 'treatment', though my doctor agreed it would be a good idea when I suggested it. The problems started to recede each time I stopped, but it took 9 months to return to normal. Over that time, I took an NSAID (diclofenac) in progressively lower doses. This enabled me to exercise again - which I think contributed to my recovery. Note that Zocor seemed to selectively attack my polio leg - so I would advise anyone who has had polio (but really anyone at all!) to avoid this drug completely. M 64 3 years
40 MG 1X D
7/22/2014
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 4  elevated cholesterol & triglyceride Nothing new. I was already experiencing foot cramps and muscle pains due to a genetic condition, so I don't attribute those to Zocor. I was on Pravastatin for several years before, but switched because it was not sufficiently reducing my numbers to satisfy my doctor. My next cholesterol test is in 3 months, so we'll see how it goes. The price is not bad. My Medicare part D supplement pays for all but $12 per 90 day supply. F 65 90 days
20 1X D
6/29/2014
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 1  High cholesterol I was originally taking 20 mg... (I started to cut the pill in half).... The side effects included: acid reflux (I'm already on med for that), aches & pains - ESPECIALLY in my feet when I would first get up in the morning... Could hardly walk!!! Also - so tired.... AND strange bruises when I would bump myself - which I do quite often - we own a small motel - so with cleaning & general maintenance, etc.... always bumping something... The bruises would be way to big for the "bump" - it was like the blood was spreading under my skin.... I just didn't like this medication. Have not called my doctor to tell her that I stopped taking it - she probably won't be too happy with me.... F 56 2 weeks
20 mg 1X D
6/13/2014

 1  High cholesterol F 60
20MG 1X D
6/6/2014
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 1  Borderline Cholesterol Stabbing pains in shoulders. Cannot lift arms. Bursitis in hips, unbelievably swollen knee (previous surgery done in 1988). Pains in feet, no sleep since starting this poison in February. Never taken medications before and didn't want to take it but was made to feel I would die of a heart condition if I didn't. I took myself off it at the first sign of pain (28 days after starting). Two months on, I'm still in severe pain in shoulders, hips, knees, elbows, wrists. Hoping I wasn't on it long enough for permanent damage. This drug is poison! Very active with no pain up until February 2014 - March 2014. There must be something we can do to stop the "willy nilly" prescribing of this drug. I wasn't given the option of a "diet sheet". F 63 28 days
5mg 1X D
5/16/2014
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 1  Cholesterol Can't walk , lots of leg and back pain. M 45 3 years
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3/30/2014

 1  high cholesterol I started to get back- and hip pains many years ago.. I was told it was disc problems and had surgery. The pains continued. I visited pain clinic, was given cortisone injections and all kinds of pain medication, including morphine. No improvement. I had problems to stand and walk and had to use a walker. One day my husband went to pick up another package of Zocor for me, but the pharmacy had some delivery problems and I stayed without medication for some time. To my amazement, I started to improve. I phoned the health clinic to find out if I could stop the medication for a while and see what would happen. I was told that it was okay. (it was not the prescribing doctor). Little by little, my improvement continued. Eventually, I could both stand and walk and I didnīt need the walker. The terrible nerve pains also disappeared although the staff at the pain clinic had told me that they never would. A friend om mine had warned me in 2005. She even sent me some F 65 8 years
20 mg 1X D
3/9/2014
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 1  mechanical heart valve leg muscle & foot cramps, dizzy..cant balance on 1 leg, clear my throat constantly, feels like I'm swallowing sand often,had my 1st epilepsy seizure at age 67. Forget what I came for. Many others like here. It got my chloresterol down good. I wasn't even told to take Coq10 with my 80 mg of zocor. 3 weeks ago, I cut my pills in half and started to take 300mg fish oil,300 mg Coq10 and 2g vitamin c. Here are my 2 months ago numbers vs 3 days ago. 2 months ago...Cholesterol 139,tri 150 hdl 33, LDL 83. 3 days ago my new numbers are ch 124, tri 96,hdl 31 and ldl 79. I think I can raise my HDL with my fish oil and sardines. I too am so mad to think how I trusted these people for so long. F..F..F..F.. Did I tell you about my Fin foot cramps. Laying in bed sleeping, my foot would turn backwards in terrible pain,and I would pull it towards me with no success. I would have to get out of bed and stand on it to relieve the cramp. M 70 20 years
80mg 1X D
3/7/2014
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 1  High cholesterol Pain all over fevers sweating no rotor cuffs stabbing pain electric shooks insomnia tinnitus feel at deaths door F 55 4 years
80mg
2/25/2014

 1  High Cholesterol Chest tightness, aches all over body, tightness in back between shoulder blades, leg cramps, vision loss I was taking Lipitor for years and then switched to Zocor when my insurance changed and I couldn't afford Lipitor. I had some aches and pains then but didn't put two and two together. After taking Zocor for a while the pains seems never ending, I researched the internet and found people had aches and pains using it so I stopped. Didn't think about it but after a while I realized I was feeling better than I had in years. Went back for physical this year and my cholesterol was in the 300 so my Dr put be back on Simvastatin. Guess What, all the aches and pains are back with a vengence, in just a few months. After taking it for three weeks I realized I was hurting all over again. I cut back to taking it every other night to see if it would lessen, it didn't. I am quitting again today. I can't stand this pain, it is unbearable. F 61 4 months
40 mg 1X D
11/4/2013
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 1  mild high cholesterol Severe arm and back pain, shortness of breath, anxiety,headaches. I was only on it 5 months and started with the muscle pain in arms and legs. I became short of breath but that might have been the anxiety of it all. My doctor kept saying it's from low vitamin d but when I stopped the statin I felt better for a couple days and now I'm sore again F 33 1 days
5 mg
7/23/2013
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 1  simvastatin gave me Neuropathy and Myalgia , have issues walking the distance trouble going up stairs. I wonder if I ever feel better , hate this drug will never ever take it again . Feel like its killing me . not to mention high blood pressure also Linsopril dropping that as of tomorrow feel like I am fighting for my breath not to mention naushua's F 64 1 years
20mg 1X D
7/8/2013
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 1  High cholesterol Do not take this drug if you drink alcohol more than 15 drinks a week. You can develop panic disorder, general anxiety disorder, severe depression, and peripheral neuropathy. These are all potentially crippling and disabling conditions. People who take statins for heart disease live like 20 days longer than those who don't. Don't spend all the time effort and money on this drug when there's so many horrible side effects. M 42 5 months
40mg 1X D
6/1/2013
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 4  high cholesterol fatigue, weakness I'm taking Zocor because it's inexpensive. F 52 3 months
40 mg 1X D
5/3/2013
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 1  high cholesterol I have some mild arthritis which I take an OTC NSAID for (and which works well), but when I started on Zocor, I noticed my hip and lower back pain was worse. I also got a sore in my mouth ( I NEVER IN MY LIFE had a sore of any type of in my mouth) and I directly attributed it to Zocor. I stopped the drug a few days ago and amazingly the pains in my hips and back started to improve the first day I stopped the drug. I could tolerate my usual arthritic problems but I felt the Zocor was already worsening them in just the two weeks I was on the drug. The mouth sore started to go away in about three days after ceasing the drug. I am going to address my cholesterol issues with diet, not meds. These statin drugs are dangerous! I will never take this drug or any other statin again. High cholesterol can be managed in other ways and certainly should be addressed with diet first before any type of med. F 57 15 days
19 1X D
4/28/2013

 1  Borderline high cholesterol-familia 24/7 pain-felt like I had been hit by a truck, chronic muscle spasms, unable to walk without shooting sciatic pains, leg and feet numbness, could not raise arms or lift legs without excruciating pain, could not turn head. Hair falling out and muscle atrophy. Took 18 mos after discontinuing statins for muscle spasms and all over pain to diminish. I was 49 and in the best shape of my life through exercise and diet with some arthritis that had been under control with my exercise routine. I had to stop exercising because of the pain, have ongoing PT, wear compression clothes to support my body and continuously use pain meds. I was so terrified that I had the beginnings of ALS or MS that I started thinking about long term care because I never thought I'd improve. DO NOT BELIEVE THAT DISCONTINUATION OF THE DRUG WILL IMMEDIATELY STOP THE SIDE EFFECTS OR THAT A LOW DOSE WILL NOT CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS. IT HAPPENED TO ME AND I WILL NEVER BELIEVE THE SCAM ABOUT CHOLESTEROL AGAIN. F 52 4 months
5mg 1X D
4/18/2013

 3  cholesterol muscle and joint aches The trick is to find the absolute minimum that you need to lower your cholesterol to an acceptable level. At 10mg daily I can feel stiffness in my finger joints. At higher dosages the stiffness and aches spreads to other parts of my body. I eat a strict diet now and that helps. I also take Benecol chews which also helps. (I tested Benecol's effectiveness. It's good for a 10 or 15 point drop in LDL) M 57 2 years
10 1X D
3/27/2013

 1  Cholesterol knee pain, muscle pain and tightness, numbness and tingling in hands and feet, fatigue, dry eyes and mouth, mental confusion and irritability, headaches, weight gain, nausea, bursitis, sweating my list of side effects is not complete it could go on and on. I have severe pain all the time everywhere, but mostly now in my knee joints where I am unable to sit, rise from sitting or go down stairs. F 40 2 years
20 mg 1X D
3/12/2013
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 1  high cholestrol while getting dressed I suddenly had some kind of spell like dizziness, almost passing out, weird feelings in my head and extme weakness. It was scary and weird. F 77 3 days
20 mg
2/3/2013

 1  High cholesterol, MI Fatigue, severe muscle pain in legs and hips, neuropathy, dizziness No side effects in first 5 months, came on gradually. Was sent for testing from lupus to ms, it was the statin. Have been off of it for 1 month and have noticed some improvement. M 41 11 months
40 mg 1X D
1/17/2013
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 1  High Cholestorol Anxiety, tingling extremeties, numbness, muscle and joint pain, muscle damage, digestive issues, visual disturbances, body shocks, blackouts, light headedness, dizziness, poor concentration and memory I decided to come back to this site nearly two years after stopping Zocor to give an after-the-fact testimonial. I took 80mg Zocor for 5 months starting January 2011 and stopped June 2011 when I suspected that Zocor may have been the cause of all my symptoms. The weeks following stopping the medication things got worse. I had to take a medical leave and eventually lost my job because of all my symptoms. I saw many specialists and took numerous blood tests and imaging (x-rays and mri's) and had procedures done (upper endoscopy and colonoscopy) and everything was negative. I was even sent to mental health who cleared of any mental issues. I was told by both Mental health and neurology that they had seen this before with patients who had taken Simastatin at the high a level. Things VERY SLOWLY got better but never completely better. The last specialist I saw--a rheumatologist looking for auto immune disorders told me that since no one can find the answers for all my symptoms to try eastern medicine and holistics. I didnít know what to make of that so I went to see a naturopath a year after I stopped taking Zocor (May 2012). He asked what medications I've been taking prior to my symptoms and he gasped at the high level Zocor. He pointed out that many of his patients had problems with statins. He explained to me that the biggest problem with statins is that it inhibits the production of CoQ10 in the body which is required for all systems. Even a year after sto M 35 5 months
80MG 1X D
1/14/2013
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 1  lowering cholesterol DIZZINESS, FATIQUE, SHORTNESS of BREATH and unusal tiredness. Is there something else I could take to lower cholesterol some herb? M 83 3 months
40MG 1X D
1/7/2013

 1  mild cholesterol shocking muscle pain debilitating stopped taking 4 years ago but pain and wasting is still there. this has drastically changed my life. I have set up a web site for australians afflicted by this medication and hope others will join in and unite to show the medical fraterity the real dangers of this medication and try to get some satisfaction in treatment and respect http://australianstatinvictims.com/ M 49 3 years
20 1X D
1/3/2013
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 4   none at first then felt itchy, leg pains, pains in hips pains in my left side and bladder. suddenly developed rashes under breasts and abdomen. Stopped taking it, not sure if it was from this drug. Ive been vomiting all week. I may have a bug. This med was good at lowering my cholesterol though. F 60 14 months
20 mg 1X D
12/9/2012
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 1  High cholesterol Severe pain (and I have a high tolerance for pain). Started in knees and shoulders spread to back, feet and arms. The pains shoot out from the joint and in the metatarsal bones of the feet if I move the wrong way. A few times, I didn't think I would be able to get out of a chair or couch. I stopped taking simvastatin 5 days ago and PRAY it goes away soon. I am overweight but active and other than mild arthritis type pain, was able to function just fine. Now I feel like I am close to being an invalid. The drug worked great for my cholesterol but I will NEVER take it again. I'll follow some of the more natural routes. F 58 5 years
20 mg 1X D
12/1/2012

 1  High cholesterol hair loss & difficulty swallowing & severely chapped lips & leg cramps I stopped the medicine, the symptoms disappeared & a few months later, my doctor suggested I try again taking it only 3x a week.... After 6 mos, I experienced difficulty swallowing again......I stopped & it went away after 2 1/2 weeks.......I'm done with statins F 65 6 months
20 mg 1X D
11/28/2012

 4  zocor None M 65 4 years
40 MG 1X D
9/3/2012

 1  cholesterol high My arm muscles hurt so much , I began to wrap them with tape to be able to move them without so much pain.Also shoulder and neck pain constantly, arms felt like they weighed 200 lbs each.Sharp shooting pains in the feet, and in various spots in my body, it felt like an electric shock sting.Stopped taking them after 2 wks.of pain and feeling like over 100 yrs. old. It took a few more weeks for all of the symptoms to stop. Am now on 10meg. Crestor, and the same type symptoms are starting again- only difference it has taken 3 weeks to have these pains and nerve "stabs" start up.. I have stopped them once again and will not take any statin pills anymore. Age plays no part in this pill, I have always been an active woman and avoided pills of any kind for most of my life. I'd rather die moving around and enjoying life them have my body be attacked and filled with drugs..Let the pharmacutical people who create this type of poison test themselves first before using people as test tubes to find out the side effects. F 74 2 weeks
20-40 mg.
8/19/2012

 1  high cholesterol Mostly Pain, Pain, Pain. Deep throbbing pain in my joints and muscles. Hair loss, insomnia, tinnitus, dysphagia, dementia. The prescribing physician shrugged off my complaints with "You're getting older. Everyone has pain." I stopped taking Zocor when another doctor recommended I stop taking all the medication I was on. Most of my problems went away, but not all of them. I was left with no energy and a very dull mind after being tortured for six years. I took for Zocor for six years. The prescribing physician ignored my complaints. It was all a big mystery to him. I discovered what had been wrong with me by accident months after I came out of a coma. This nightmare took 20 years out of my life counting the 12 years it took me to recover. I kept detailed records. You can see a summary here: http://morleyevans2.com/Depraved/Depraved.html I got better. Please contact me at morleyevans@gmail.com if you need help. M 65 6 years
10 1X D
7/27/2012
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 1  High cholesterol Muscle weakness and aching, peripheral neuropathy in hands and feet, fatigue, dizziness I was taking this medication while exercising and I think that masked sme of the symptoms. I have been off it for two months and still have symptoms. Doctor says to be patient...I want to scream, " don't poison youself with this drug!" M 49 2 years
20 mg 1X D
6/30/2012
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 1  high cholesterol Severe muscle weakness memory loss confusion severe headaches brain fog paresthias breathing problems and much much more. Its the worst thing that ive ever gone thru. Ben off it for one year and im still very very ill. F 4 months
20mg
5/24/2012
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 5  High Cholesterol None I was begun on generic Zocor 20 mg (simvastatin) about 6 yrs ago for high cholesterol. My total cholesterol 6 months ago was 164 with it. After dropping 24 lbs & with regular exercise, my total cholesterol went down to 124 (I have lost a total of 70 lbs over 3 yrs). As per my request, my doc dropped the Zocor 20 mg every day & will re-evaluate my cholesterol levels in another 6 months. I am totally pleased with how well Zocor worked for me !!! M 61 6 years
20 mg 1X D
4/19/2012
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 1  achieve optimal cholesterol level 6'1" 205lb male in excellent shape, recreationally weight lifting my whole life with no issues, who after a month of Zocor without being to dramatic began fighting deteriiorating into becoming an invalid; after 3 months I was finding it impossible sleep through the ache or to even get out of bed in the mornings, not able to overcome the pain to pull back the sheets, walking around with arms that felt like hurting 20lb bags of potatoes that didn't have the strength to pick up a cup of coffee. After 5 months my joy of life was GONE. Not a minute of the day or night without an excruciating deep ache in my elbows. No sleep, no sex drive, no peace.... all in an attempt at my doctors suggestion to get my cholesterol from a reasonable 200 to an optimum 160. It took getting a point of preferring to have my arms literally cut off my body than continuing to live like this. Within a minute of describing my problem (deep ache as opposed to simple pain) the Dr. said STOP THE ZOCOR IMMEDIATELY. Within 3 days of being off this POISON I can literally feel the pain leaving my body. In 3 months I'll reevaluate the cholesterol issue... but as I type this I'm feeling the weight of the world off my shoulders... and the deep ache leaving my arms. M 57 6 months
40mg
3/18/2012
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 1  Prevenitive Measure Sex drive is gone... Muscle and joint pain, muscle atrophy,reduced testosterone (Had it tested) and an overall feeling of being unwell. Since starting zocor I went progressively from feeling good to having aches and pains all the time. My hobby is weight lifting. Zocor has managed to take me from a 300 lb bench press (With no pain) to it hurting to just get out of bed. I still lift the weights but see little to no benefits from it and recovery time is significantly longer due to muscles and joints take days if not weeks to stop hurting enough for me to go at it again. Zocor works well... It lowered my total cholesterol to 99. But being it was only 170 when I started treatment that is not a huge accomplishment. As is always recommended I reported these problems to my doctor and he told me he was certain it wasn't my medication. I just stopped taking this drug for about a week and the muscle pain is already backing off. Who cares if "your numbers look good" if you feel terrible all the time. Another incentive, at least for me to quit statins is the updated FDA warnings about increased risk of diabetes and dementia. My father has been taking "Lipitor" for years. Within the last five years he has been diagnosed with first diabetes then dementia. A little to close to home since the only reason I took this drug was because of "Genetic Predisposition" from Dad. M 49 5 years
40 MG 1X D
3/1/2012

 1  high cholesterol Severe pain throughout lower part of body. Just had major back surgery. Should be doing so much better. Found this site. I wish I had found this earlier. I will quit this medicine today. How long before I feel better? F 60 18 months
20mg 1X D
2/28/2012
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 1  Family history Pain in finger joints and muscle pain and knots in shoulders, neck and back. Severe mood swings. Actually considered smoking again after 7 years of no desire to touch a cigarette whatsoever. Extremely tired and weight gain. M 35 3 weeks
20mg
2/14/2012
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 4  Very high cholesterol I have been taking this for the past 16 years. No bad side effects, just sometimes get itchy like ive got an allergy, so occasionally take allergy tablet.Would probably have had a heart attack by now if I wasn't taking it. So what would you rather do? Not take it and have a stroke or heart attack or take it followed by a healthy diet and be alive? F 41 10 years
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1/31/2012

 1  Cholesterol slightly high (200+) My arms ached particularly after raking leaves or weightlifting. That was three years ago. They still ache today if I lift heavy objects. For example, if I hold a toddler for any length of time. I was eating grapefruit when taking Zocor. I have no doubt the drug has permanently damaged my arm muscles. I can't lift weights anymore. Afterwards my arms ache for weeks. My (former) Doctor wanted me to continue taking Zocor. M 66 14 days
10mg 1X D
1/26/2012

 2  High cholesterol (296) Genetics I am a runner. Shocked to find out my cholesterol was so high (296). Learned it was genetic. Side effects began with Charlie horses/calf pain in the middle of the night. Vaginal pain and dryness, swollen gland on left side of throat, sinus infection, naseua, indigestion, dead legs, and weight gain! In 3 months, my cholesterol lowered 103 points, but it's not worth it. Going cold turkey for 3 months and then re-test and go from there. F 39 3 months
20 mg
1/20/2012

 1  Borderline cholesterol & Family hx I used simvastatin for 3 years. In year number 2 I started having muscle weakness, leg cramps, confusion and tinnitus. Year number 3 had trouble walking, started using bilateral hearing aids, major leg cramps in especially the top part of my legs. Have seen 2 doctors and 1 neurologist. By the way, my new doctor just started me on Crestor 3 weeks ago--which my neurologist is weaning. I stopped the simvastatin 1 1/2 years ago but symptoms have not resolved. Currently working with a neurologist to see if effects are reversible. At 57, the pain and weakness in my legs and arms along with the horrible tinnitus might be permanent. I wish I had known before the first practitioner started me on this med for borderline hyperlipidemia and a family history. I was having no symptoms from the cholesterol itself, even had a heart cath to prove it. Most recently besides having trouble walking and climbing steps, I've had memory clouding and thinning hair. I have a lot of living to do but this has de F 57 3 years
10 1X D
1/19/2012
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 1  Elevated Cholesterol Was admitted to hospital with COK values exceding 2400, complete use og my leg and kidney, liver and heart problems I have attemped to sue but have heard nothing about how the suit is going M 72 60 days
80 1X D
1/1/2012
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 1  high cholesterol/triglycerides Severe muscle aches, hair loss, weight gain I was doing roller derby at the time, which produces muscle aches of its own so the muscle aches produced by this drug, along with the 15lb weight gain and hair loss, were unacceptable. I found a natural red yeast rice alternative which has brought my cholesterol down from 193 to 182 and my triglycerides down from 347 to 272 (I know that's still high). I intend to stay on the red yeast rice as I have been on it for the past six months with no ill effects and while the cholesterol drop wasn't major, the tri drop was, so I will continue with it. I wouldn't recommend a statin drug to anyone unless s/he was a masochist who loved chronic pain and getting fat and bald. F 28 1 years
40 mg 1X D
12/31/2011
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 5  cholesterol leg cramps dont fool yourself by stopping this drug, you will eventually pay the price in a major heart attack. M 56 3 years
20 mg 1X D
12/29/2011
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 1  Cholesterol Waves of anxiety, lasting 2-4 days. I started having feelings of anxiety and worry, usually about work issues. I thought maybe I was just reacting to stress at work, however my feelings were totally out of whack. It would last 2-4 days, where I had trouble concentrating, lost appetite, and just had a feeling of dread. Then it would go away, and I would be fine for a few days. This cycle continued for almost 3 months. I was so confused by this, I figured I might need some psychological help. Then it occurred to me this all started at the same time I had started on simvastatin. Anxiety didn't seem to be a listed side effect, but I was desperate, so stopped the simvastatin. The anxiety continued for about a week, then totally stopped. It is 3 weeks now, no more anxiety, I'm back to normal! I still can't believe the effect, especially since I was on a very small dose (5mg). But the facts don't lie. I'm really scared to start on another statin now, not sure what to do. M 53 3 months
5mg 1X D
11/17/2011
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 1  high cholestral Started meds last Saturday night. Woke up Tuesday morning and was very stiff and sore. I suffer with joint pain and had both knees replaced 5 years ago. As day progressed pain increased. Haven't had pain like this since before knee replacements..Could not figure out why all this pain.. weather? Activity? nothing out of the norm. By late afternoon i had dug out my canes. Remembered doctor saying complications with Zocor could be muscle and joint pain. Called Dr. told her my trouble. She said quit taking the pill and come in for blood work in morning.. Could not get into our mini van, to much pain. Called my sister who came and got me in her car. Gimped on home in great pain to knees. Thought maybe i felt alittle better last nite, with hopes of being better in the morning. NOT!! took 10 minutes to get out of bed and make it to bathroom. Called doc. again. My blood work looked fine, and she didn't think it was connected to the Zocor. I beg to differ. So now what?? How long does it take to F 54 3 days
10 mg 1X D
11/17/2011
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 1  High cholesterol & tyiglicerides Shaking hands. Cramps in lower leg extremities and forearms. Foggy headed. I have expereinced the symptoms above while taking this medication for only one (1) week. I am discontinuing this medication asap. I located a book called the DASH diet, a way of life to natually lower cholesterol. F 43 1 weeks
20 mg 1X D
11/4/2011
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 1  Slightly elevated triglycerides The mother of all leg cramps, both legs, on more than one occasion. Shoulders feeling like knives are stabbing me. Residual muscle knots under my thighs making sitting for any length of time impossible. Wake up feeling horrible, that is when I can sleep. And all of this over three months after I stopping using this monstrous drug. So much more, but that'll do for now. I feel that it has poisoned me. The pain is unbearable. I am looking for a support group to address the depression that this has caused. M 58 30 days
20 1X D
10/30/2011
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 5  High Cholesterol None I've had chronic high cholesterol my entire life as long as doctors have been monitoring it. (10 years now). I was on Lipitor for a while when I was in my teens, and 100lbs lighter, but it did nothing to my cholesterol levels.My newest doctor put me on the generic of this (simvastatin) around 4 months ago. I've had no side effects, and it has worked wonders for my cholesterol. I saw fantastic results after just a month of use. My cholesterol was finally in the normal range (below 200) for the first time ever. While they say its supposed to be used in conjunction with a change in diet and exercise, I can't really afford to buy a bunch of healthy foods because I'm on food stamps, and even with no change in my diet and only a small change in my activity levels, I saw these results. F 26 4 months
20 1X D
10/29/2011
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 1   Swelling in legs/ ankles muscles weekness, dangerous at 80 mg M 78 120 days
80 1X D
9/13/2011

 1  heart disease Leg cramps and tingling at night numbness in legs..feel sick, very ired F 49 3 days
20 mg 1X D
8/30/2011
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 2  Cardiologist Rx for Atherosclerosis mood changes, fatigue, knee pain, shoulder pain, muscle aches/weakness, confusion, dizzy I've been in/out ERs & specialist for past 6mos with list of symptoms and nothing is ever found on CTs/MRIs/Xrays/blood/urine etc and have been going nuts trying to figure out what's wrong with me and feel like a hypochondriac and being treated like one. I've never had high cholesterol, my ahterosclerosis is from other conditions. Taking an aspirin a day 81mg and zocor/simvastatin for 3yrs and FINALLY tonight find this sight and realize it's my dang medicine causing it - I'm stopping tonight and never taking it again. I already have stageIV breast cancer and don't need any extra complications. I don't know why none of the ER docs or specialist didn't mention it being zocor. Thanks everyone who shared here and I know that's what it is. I will post again in a few weeks to let you know. F 49 3 years
20 MG 1X D
8/29/2011

 1  Family history of heart disease Joint/muscle pain, esp. in hip, shoulders and wrists. Sharp pain in tips of fingers and toes. Overall muscle weakness. Elevated TSH level after years of steady level on thyroid replacement. Ringing ears. Brain fog. Insomnia. Doctors forced me into taking Zocor b/c of severe family history of heart disease. Stopped it after two years. Started again when doctors told me I would die, this time with CoQ10. Symptoms are now worse. Quitting for good now. One doctor supports me. F 51 3 years
20 mg 1X D
8/19/2011

 3  High Cholesterol Numbness in legs at night M 57 3 weeks
10 MF 1X D
8/18/2011

 1  High Chlorestoral Hip pain, back pain, swollen hands, mood changes, knee pain, leg pain, foot pain, neck pain, fatigue, general joint pain, overall stiffness, pain in wrist. I have worked out my entire life with weights and cardio for an 1 hour a day, never had joint pain. after working out now I am almost unable to walk without severe stiffness even when taking yoga for stretching. I eat healthy and have a great attitude about life. I am now going to go off this drug and hopefully will feel better shortly. It is not worth it. I feel like a 90 year person. F 66 4 months
10 mg 1X D
8/17/2011
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 1   muscle contractions throughout entire body, hip pain, leg weakness, cannot stand to have legs touched due to pain, lack of energy before being on zocor was taking vytorin for about 7-8 years, and now find I have kidney damage-which I recently found out is a side effect of zocor which is one of the drugs in vytorin F 65 4 months
40 mg 1X D
8/13/2011
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 1  high cholestrol extreme pain all over my body, hurt to be touched, no appetite, no energy, hurt to walk, pain in knees, constipation, to touch the fiber of body at any place except the tip of my nose and ears was painful! Was shorted on the number of pills in my last refill, so I skipped taking for a few days and then stopped until I could get my prescription refilled---have to drive 75 miles to get meds. Amazingly, in three days time, my friends could hug me and I felt no pain. I could rub my shoulder and I felt no pain. Still can't believe this. No constipation after three days. Legs don't jump during my sleeping hours, I even feel like cooking and preparing meals again. Have more energy and I want to do things...marvelous! F 84 6 years
40 mg 1X D
7/30/2011

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