Drug Ratings for PRAVACHOL

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 2  High cholesterol I have experienced weight gain and extreme bloating. I feel so uncomfortable I can hardly move at times. I am normally quite active. I've noticed some forgetfulness. I would rather try to lower my cholesterol through diet and exercise. I've never had a huge stomach. I don't want to let this go any further. My doctor suggested I get stretch pants, another said it was pretty normal for my age. Amazing! F 75 1 months
40 mg
7/29/2014

 2  High LDL I have been having a numb tingling feeling in my hands and feet, possibly neuropathy. I stopped taking Pravastatin,without telling my Doctor,on my own and it actually started to improve. I have read that there may be a connection between Statins and neuropathy. If anyone has any information, please let me know. Thanks M 51 2 years
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6/14/2014
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 1  Cholestral Severe stomach cramps, constipation, joint pain, fatique Don't take this drug. We need improved cholestral medicine that is safe. My script was a low dosage and still have side effects, terrible. M 57 5 months
20 MG 1X D
4/23/2014

 1  cholesterol After taking pravastatin 1.5 years. I started getting pain in my lower abdomen when sitting. It took 4 months before I finally figured out it was related to the meds. Yes, I said something, not my doctor. The burning and muscle spasms went down to my thighs and up to my upper abdomen. It was driving me crazy. Finally got off the statin. It's been almost 4 weeks since I've been off. I've noticed a little improvement. I can sit now for longer. But I have to take benadryl all day. I just pray my body will recover from this drug. Nothing is worth the agony I've had to go through. F 47 1.5 years
10 mg 1X D
1/22/2014
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 3  to reduce cholesterol caused by RX Last few years have had severe muscle soreness and weakness in lower legs. Also foot cramps in last few months and extremely sensitive to squeezing my legs or arms. My memory is also getting worse! I thought it was due to the 5 mg of prednisone I've been on since my kidney transplant in 1997. But now I'm thinking otherwise. I quite taking Pravachol three weeks ago and hope these symptoms will improve. Otherwise I"m healthy as a horse! I'm a 62 year old female on anti rejection drugs for kidney transplant. One drug was Serolumus which caused cholesterol readings to be abnormally high - therefore was put on Pravachol. With the 40 mg once a day for 16 years, my readings were under 200. I'm thinking I'm better off with higher readings and less pain. My family history has no heart problems at all. I'm hoping for relief soon. F 62 14 years
40 1X D
5/16/2013
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 4  High Cholesterol None M 61 15 years
20 mg 1X D
5/3/2013

 4  high cholesterol Have only taken this for a week now...have had a low grade fever...and muscle aches in hips and legs....some back pain. Giving it a try for a little longer to see if it goes away. F 36 7 days
40 mg
3/20/2013
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 2  High cholestrol I stopped taking Pravachol because I was having severe headaches and muscle spasms. My doctor started me back on Pravachol and I have been in constant pain since. I'm a diabetic on insulin and can not take everything. I'm not sleeping and eating has become a task because I'm always nauseated. The pain in my back is constant and excruciating. The headaches are just as worse. F 38 3 months
40 mg
10/28/2012
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 1  Hi Cholesterol Severe pain in calf. Felt like a grapefruit knot in calf. Went to ER for pain medicine and check for clot. Better today and will not take any more statins. I had soreness with other statins but nothing like this. Done. M 52 4 days
40 mg
10/12/2012

 1  high cholesterol Developed high fever 3 times in 6 days. Thought I had the flu at first and a reoccurance the second time. The third time I knew something was drastically wrong. Muscle pain so bad with the fever I could barely roll over in bed plus a splitting headache. Did more thorough research of this med and found out these are life threatening side effects. I now have to have blood drawn every 3 days as this med has severely affected both my liver AND kidneys. Liver enzymes 11 times the normal level!!! And kidney function went from 69 down to 35!! BEWARE!!!! All this damage in just 10 days! BE VERY LEARY OF THIS MEDICATION!! (or statins in general!) F 55 10 days
10mg 1X D
8/13/2012

 1  High chloresterol extreme lower leg and back pain, severe leg cramps, tingling in legs and feet. stopped medication after 3 days but muscle pain, cramps and tingling of legs and feet continues after a full month after coming off medication. M 62 3 days
40 1X D
7/12/2012

 1  High Cholesterol Skin problems hard nodular bumps filled with sebum.Has anyone else had any type of skin reaction? F 54 2 years
40
5/26/2012
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 3  high LDL I've been taking adjusts drug for over a year now. It has reduced mt LDL choles. I've always had good HDL & triglyceride number. about two weeks ago I began having achy legs, pain in both hands, headaches & shoulder soreness. I even considered being tested for Lyme dz. All of a sudden it occurred to me that it could be the pravachol. I will stop it immediately and see if these symptoms go away. F 65
40mgs 1X D
5/24/2012

 2  High cholesterol Constant lower back pain, panic/anxiety attacks, numbness and constant tingling in both shoulders, arms and hands, legs always felt heavy, becoming more and more tired every day I took the medication. I first started on Crestor. Over a period of a year and a half on Crestor, I developed constant lower back pain, heaviness and eventually pain in both of my legs, and when the doctor doubled my medication from daily 40 MG to 80 MG, extreme anxiety and panic attacks to the point where I couldn't sleep. Then the doctor switched me over to daily 40 MG Lipitor. Within a month, all of the side effects of Crestor remerged. I stopped taking the medication. The last statin was Pravachol. For six months I again slowly developed chronic lower back pain, heaviness and pain in my legs, and constant tingling in both hands. When my dosage was increased to 80 MG, the lower back pain intensified, the numbness in both of my shoulders, arms, and hands became unbearable, and the anxiety and panic attacks returned in full force and sleep was not possible. I have now stopped taking any statins. The doctor either will have to come up with something different, not a statin, or I will simply die with clogged arteries. I walk over two miles every day along with other exercise, try to eat nothing fried, etc. It has taken a little over two weeks for all the side effects to mostly go away. There is still some slight numbness and tingling in my left hand, the lower back pain has mostly subsided, and I can go on my daily walks without feeling that I have lead weights strapped to both legs!! I quit smoking over 5 years ago and felt great after quitting. Statins made me feel old, tired and weak M 62 6 months
40MG to 80 1X D
5/4/2012
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 3  Genetics heart and cholesterol I've been taking 30 plus years. My LDL overal cholesterol are down but so is my good cholesterol. I have high triglycerides still. I feel like my muscles are shrinking. I've begun a vitamin regime including coQ10. Now there's lots of bad news on statins. I don't want a heart attack or stroke but I'm afraid of the other potential side effects. What will maintain my heart and arteries without the side effects of statins. My fathers side of the family died of heart problems. Dad was 54. My sister had a quadruple bypass at about 60. Dad died at 54 My sis just died at 76. So far I've missed the bullet and have been a smoker. How much coenzyme 10 should I take? I feel I MUST need it. If you are not a professional with proper medical background, please do not contact me and scare me. Isn't 30 years on this drug damaging? F 66 1 days
40
4/23/2012
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 1  Moderate cholestrol stoped taking pravachol 3 months ago. Started taking 100mg Ubiquinol daily. Fatigue gone, mucle pain gone, Joint pain diminished and getting better every day. Thank god I found this site when I did. Knowledge is power. Thank you all for the information. M 74 11 months
20mg 1X D
2/23/2012
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 1  high cholesterol I took Lipitor for many years & gradually developed nearly every known side effect & adverse reaction! After trying Tricor, which didn't lower my cholesterol & then another statin (Zocor) simvastatin, which left me weak, achy, etc., my doc insisted that I give statins one last shot, then he'd stop pushing them on me. After taking pravastatin for almost 3 months, my cholesterol was alot lower - from 396 down to 238, but I developed severe migraine-type headaches, bulging veins in my temples, horrible neck & shoulder pain & aches & stiffness in my lower back, & higher blood pressure. I stopped the pravachol & was almost normal within a few days, then informed my doc, who told me to stay off for 2 weeks, then to try it again. Been on it for 2 days now & the headache, neck ache & bulging veins in my temples have returned with a vengenace & my blood pressure is probably up, too. BTW, I have also taken co-q 10 for years, but the doc never told me t Did lower my cholesterol, though not to optimal levels. Caused migraine headache, neck ache, shoulder ache, lower back pain & stiffness, bulging veins in temples, elevated blood pressure. I have been a victim of all of the various statins - they have all caused many side effects. F 62 3 months
1X D
1/7/2012

 1  Lower cholesterol On the fourth night of taking this drug, I woke up about 2 AM with intense in my side and back. I took one more dose the next day. I had the same pain that night. I didn't take it the next day and still had the pain again one more night. I don't think I will take another statin after my experience with this one. M 49 5 days
40 1X D
12/31/2011

 2  Moderate cholestrol M 74
20mg 1X D
12/1/2011
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 2  253 cholesterol; plaque in carotid bad nightmares which woke me up and one time followed by shakes; 1 incidence of shortness of breath; bad pain in knees, some in left hip and middle of back; some soreness in throat. I have had many bad reactions to meds and avoid at all costs, but decided to try a statin when some plaque was discovered in my carotid artery. Previously tried diet and exercise but could not lower overall cholesterol score (ratios are good). don't know what to do now. Leaning towards taking a Lyme test (had it before) or going off drug first for a while. F 64 6 weeks
20mg 1X D
12/1/2011
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 2  High Cholestrol I have noticed that my HAIR WAS GETTING THINNER AND MY COSMETOLOGIST CONFIRMED IT! Muscle pain, and short of breath, sleeplessness! HAIR LOSS!!!! I thought is may have been a different drug I started at the same time. However, I went off of the other drug and my hair continued to fall out. I am now going off of this medication. It started falling out within months of taking it. It also affects my sleep and I've noticed being short of breath and muscle pain. I'm in good shape in general. I'm not staying on this drug. I wish I would have known about the hair loss issue sooner, my doctor didn't know that was a side affect, so I continued to take this med and my hair got worse..!! So YES IT DOES CAUSE HAIR LOSS AND MUSCLE SORENESS AND AFFECTS YOUR SLEEP!! I'm going off of this drug today!!! I dont care what my doctor says it's my body and I'll try a more natural solution.!! F 49 8 months
20 1X D
10/25/2011
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 1  High trigycerides, Bad LDL, Not sure exactly how long, switched from 40 to 80 and got really bad reaction, muscle cramps and had joint pain all the time. Leg and hip pain. Wow I am still a young man. Tried all the statins with similar results. Does anyone know what else to do for bad cholesterol? I am excersizing, changed diet etc. Doctor said take an aspirin, but I am already doing aspirin daily. I am experiencing confusion, lack of sleep, pain, low motivation, etc .This is rediculous. Supposed to be helpful, and one of the older more tolerable meds. Seems to be the worst yet, why? Had been able to go biking, swimming, running, now I can hardly walk up the stair swhere I live on third floor cause of musle pain in my left leg. M 58 12 months
40mg 1X D
10/1/2011
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 2  Cholesterol I have had leg cramps at night, extreme fatigue, pain in the hips, loss of appetite, nausea, feel faint/dizzy when I get up to walk, weakness/tired feeling of being unwell, insomnia and dreams at night. How long does it take for Pravastatin to quite causing problems in your body? I take COQ10, Vitamin c 3000mg, 2000mg of fish oil and was wondering if this OK or if there is somthing else I should take M 64 3 years
40 mg 1X D
9/10/2011
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 1  High Cholesterol 1 month ago, I noticed weakness from the waist down, tiredness, loosing the hand grasp. Grasping for air if I'm walking. My doctor asked me to stop it. Joint stiffness and tightness. Irritated, because, I don't like taking any medicine, but somehow, i have too. Anyway, I am surprised to find out all about side effects. I was very active at the gym. I run 5 times a day and I lift weights 3 times a day. I'm always active, never got this sick before. I day, I was at my gym about to lift the weights, I was surprised that I could not pick it up. Anyway, I was told that it will take a month or longer for me to get my strength back. Now what should I do for my family. The medicine should help, instead, it destroys you in other way. Only GOD can help me now. M 54 2 years
20 1X D
9/6/2011

 1  moderate cholestrol Severe muscle pain, weakness, loss of muscle mass, hair loss, flu symptoms (3 times) digestive problems Previously took Lipitor, had to discontinue due to many of same side effects but mostly because of muscle problems. My wife, age 66, started and stopped at same time for same reasons. I play with large golf group (46 men, same approx age group) most of whom take or tried these statins. Well over half have had to stop taking the drugs or stop playing golf. Nearly all say their doctors are in denial about the problems (money related?. These drugs are a diabolic solution to a minor problem in most cases and cause problems way out of proportion to their benefits. Many have added drugs to cure (symptoms), these drugs also causing problems. Don't take or, if you do, stop taking at earliest bad indications because many of the problems are severe and don't reverse entirely when the drug is discontined. I'm very active, slim, trim,normally with no health problems when not on these statins. There is an age corelation - younger people seem to tolerate them better but probably don't need them in the first place. M 78 3 months
40 1X D
8/15/2011
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 3  ins didn't cover zettia Gradual loss of vision. Not taking any other drugs and my vision has been getting progressively worse...I already have macular degeneration and think this has made it worse. F 84 2 months
20MG 1X D
7/15/2011
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 1  heart disease Extreme fatigue, memory problems, loss of appetite, stomach problems, constipation. A week ago severe pain in my lower back and legs started, followed by chills, fever and vomiting, stopped the drug, all symptioms except the fatigue went away. Today my doctor told me I might have liver and kidney damage, will know tomorrow. Do NOT take this drug. M 60 2 months
40mg 1X D
6/27/2011

 1  High Cholestrol 226 / TIA Listless, depressed, unmotivated and gassey. This is NOT me. I am an active, employed RN who generally has a ton of energy. I was on Lipitor several years ago and had horrible muscle pain and stopped that. Next was Zetia and that gave me GI problems. I hate these drugs. I am going to call my MD and see what else I can do. I am really ready to get super strict with my diet and excercise regime. I have successfully lost 25 lbs in the last 2 months since my TIA but this drug is making me miserable. F 71 2 months
40 mg 1X D
5/26/2011
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 1  MILD CHOLOSTERAL HERE I AM AGAIN....FIRST IT WAS THE LIPITOR....NOW IT IS PRAVASTATIN....THESE STATIN DRUGS ARE JUST POISON. IF THEY CAN MAKE YOUR BACK, HIPS, LEGS HURT SO BADLY YOU CANNOT EVEN SLEEP..WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO YOUR KIDNEYS, LIVER, ETC. ALWAYS REMEMBER.....DRS ARE PRACTICING MEDICENE AND YOU ARE THE LAB RAT. DON'T MESS WITH ANY STATIN F 65 2 weeks
10 1X D
5/19/2011
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 4  Get my cholesterol down No side effect, and no problems what so ever for the muscle. Beter as Lypitor or Zochor. Very good iof you like doing sport or walking or byking, you can do with Pravachol no pain on your muscle, or join. M 64
40MG 1X D
5/10/2011
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 3  Maintain Cholesteral Level Knot in stomach like a hunger pang, nausea after eating, gas, flatulence, dizziness, weakness, feeling faint, pain in lower right back, heart pounding at times, tinnitus in left ear, general feeling like crap. Had taken Simvastatin 40mg for 4 years with no problems. Switched to Pravastatin 80mg because it was supposed to have less conflict with Warfarin. After 2 months, had a stress test and started getting all these symptoms. Did not put 2 and 2 together. Will ask doctor to put me back on Simvastatin 40mg on Monday. Notice my last 2 vials of Pravastatin pills smell like a locker room towel. Can't be a good thing. M 62 5 months
80 1X D
4/28/2011
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 4  6x TIA some times hips ache in morning getting out of bed but only has happened in the last 5 years but once i am up all ok . I have not gained weight , memmory fine , started taking it age 35 now 52 its keeping me alive F 52 17 years
20 1X D
3/11/2011

 1  moderately high cholestrol Considerable loss of memory for words. to the extent it became difficult to carry on a conversation. During pauses, my listeners started filling in the gaps with the words they thought I wanted to use, a very troubling and frustrating situation. It has been two years since I stopped taking Pravachol. I have been gradually recovering my ability to carry on a conversation without long pauses while I search for a needed word. Retrieving words is becoming easier. And I more rapidly find substitutes for words that are not yet readily available. F 84 4 years
40 mg 1X D
1/30/2011

 5   nausea, vomiting, feeling like I have the flu, severe muscle pain in the upper legs, back, hips and right arm. Since I have been taking pravachol my cholesterol improved drastically. It is a good drug for lowing cholesterol, but when I try to walk from a seated position I can hardly walk. The muscle pain in my upper legs, hips and back are so bad. the pain goes away as the day goes on, but I wake up every morning with the severe pain like I was doing some serious leg exercises all night. My doctor took me off the meds about 3 days ago and I am still having trouble walking. The pain is horrible. I have not been to the gym to work out in ages because of the pain. I am praying that I will not be a crippled person the rest of my life because of this medicine. F 58 90 days
20 mg 1X D
1/28/2011

 1  Pravastatin Insomnia, legs and hip pain lost weight fast. Used to rise HDL, went form 25 to 38 which was good. Doctors should warn you of the side efftect, I felt so bad no energy, lighthead, feeling of being sick all the time. I went from 10 mg to 40 and back to 10mg, and this med wreck me. I stopped using this med 6 weeks ago, feeling better, starting to get sleep most nights. Thank you for the information I found here. M 53 2 years
10 1X D
1/26/2011

 1  Cholesteral 276 After taking 40 mg Pravachol (Pravastatin) daily for 7 days I experienced muscle cramping and pain in my calves and thighs. I stopped taking the med, but the muscle pain continues. Hope it will go away soon. Talked to doc. Told him I didn't want to take statins due to the muscle pain. I told him I want to try diet/exercise for 8 weeks before trying another cholesteral lowering drug (but not a statin). Since my HDL is high, my ratio is good, and my triglicerides are good doc says I can try the diet/exercise. F 59 7 days
40 MG 1X D
1/20/2011

 1  high cholesterol (215) gradual onset of muscle "burning" and joint pain to point had difficulty walking, hip pain so intense woke me up at night, hair thinning including scalp irritation, increased pulse, tendinitis in Achilles tendons (both ankles), weight gain, sore throat, chronic sinusitis, BP increase, chronic cough, shortness of breath, headaches, feeling of being unwell or on the edge of getting sick, tired, feeling weak and necessary to change gym routine. I stopped taking Pravachol about 6 weeks ago. My cough is almost gone, and muscle and joint pain is significantly less though still present. Achilles tendons are healing and swelling is almost gone. Still present; dizziness and feeling lightheaded, pain in arms and lower back, shortness of breath and pulse increasing for no reason. Still feeling tired but part is the toxins in my system doc says. I am sleeping better at night, usually through the night these days. I am concerned the all of the side effects will not go away. I can't find anything online to say if the body eventually "heals" so I guess time will tell. Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, etc do not take away the pain though regular Aspirin takes away the headache at least for a little while. F 58 6 months
10 mg/day 2X D
12/15/2010

 5  High Cholesterol (199) Weight loss - 186 down to 163, which is good and needed to happen, my blood pressure came down as well. My cholesterol improved greatly on Pravachol and I have had no ill side effects except that when I take it with Celexa in the mornings, it will make my intestines do a dance for a few minutes. Otherwise, I am very happy with it. F 28 3 months
40Mg 1X D
10/20/2010

 4  High Cholesterol One side effect and one side effect only - EXTREMELY STINKY GAS. This medicine works and it works GREAT! It lowered my cholesterol just as I was told it would. I haven't had any side effects except stinky gas and more gas. I ran out and I was off my pill for a couple days before I could get another prescription and guess what? Barely any gas and when I did have gas, they weren't so bad that my fiance wanted to leave the room. I highly recommend taking this pill because it works and lets face it, we would all rather have stinky gas then be on a stretcher going into the emergency room for a heart attack. Good luck to you all! mild body aches at first (take the pill at bedtime) F 25 6 months
20 1X D
10/3/2010

 1  Moderate Cholesterol Level Muscle Pain! I stopped taking the drugs about 3 weeks ago, and I am still sore in some areas. F 41 14 days
20 MG 1X D
9/15/2010
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 3  high cholesterol (220) The second cortisone shot did not help either and in fact was more painful. I am finding that my muscles seem to get tired more quickly and that they don't recover as completely either. M 54 8 months
40 mg 1X D
8/20/2010
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 1  High Cholesterol 235 with drug severe leg and hip muscle and tendon pain; at one point I had to lift my leg to make it work; rubbery legs; difficulty walking; pain in arms and hands; memory loss, poor sleep, difficulty with bowels; tired all the time, foggy head. I've stopped this medicine to see if it would make a difference. It did but my doctor said I needed to keep taking it so I restarted the med with CoQ10 to see if that helped. All the adverse effects came back within days. After 10 days I stopped again and within days all the symptoms started to subside. It has now been 17 days off the meds and I do feel better however the hip and leg pain persists. I will not go back on this med and hope I am able to change my cholesterol numbers with diet and exercise. If that does not work I will keep searching for help. There must be something else that can help so many people who are having these severe side effects. F 55 4 years
20 1X D
8/20/2010

 3  High Cholesterol Bad aching leg cramps, acid reflux, and heart pain. I was on Pravachol for 2 years and was doing good till I started getting acid reflux then about two days latter my hips and legs started aching real bad to the point that the pain is hurting around the clock. My heart is bothering me also. The doctor took me off of Pravachol five days ago and I am in pain still. I am taking pain pills to help with the pain. The Doctor put me on Lipitor before putting me on Pravachol and Lipitor almost killed me right away. I was in so much pain I could not even tell you how much I cried. Every muscle in my body felt like someone was twisting my muscles, and I could not even walk for three days and took about one month to fully recover. I am through with taking statin drugs. M 47 2 years
40 MG 1X D
8/11/2010

 5  High cholesterol No side effects that I've noticed. After using this drug for 3 months, my LDL dropped to 101 and my HDL climbed to 47, without any other lifestyle changes (e.g., diet or exercise). As far as I'm concerned, it's a wonder drug. Bring on the bacon burgers. M 47 7 years
4mg 1X D
7/11/2010

 1  high cholestrol meds worked good. went from 213 to 124 in three months. However, the pain was not worth it. Dr. had me on Lipitor, Vytorin, Crestor, and now Pravastatin. I had to quit each because of the pain. I thought I ruptured my achilles tendon. Now dr. tells me statins can be rough on tendons. I will soon need a walker to get around, or get up from a chair, etc. Pain waked me at night too, especially hips and thighs. I have been off these pills for a month and so far no change. Maybe it is too late for me. Insist your dr. listens to you if you develop muscle pain - don't let them tell you it's not the drug. It is. My dr. told me they are starting to listen to people developing muscle pain on statins, especially women. If it's possible for you, try other ways to bring down cholestrol. These meds could make you a cripple if you are sensitive like me. F 65 2 years
30 mlg 1X D
6/29/2010

 5  high cholesterol Hard to tell which of my side effects can be attributed to Pravastatin because I take a number of other medications. This is a miracle drug that lowered my cholesterol from 235 to 132 in four months. Unfortunately it's also contributing to my insomnia, hair loss and muscle pain. One of my two blood pressure meds is contributing to my insomnia as well. I've got so many debilitating side effects right now that I don't know where to turn. The list from my diabetes meds alone would be enough to drive a person crazy! F 58 12 months
40 MG 1X D
5/2/2010

 5  cholestrol F 64 2 years
40mg 1X D
4/14/2010

 1  High Cholesterol Severe muscle pain in legs and lower back. Unable to walk long distances. Severe fatigue and weight gain. I have been on statins for several years (since the early 90's)and each one has caused me pain. I was first on Pravachol 10 mg; then when I started going to another physician he put me on Lipitor 20 mg. Took that for 13 months and almost wound up in a wheelchair. Changed physicians again and was first put on Zetia, which did no good; then back on Pravachol 10 mg; which was raised recently to 20 mg. Back now to where I was while taking Lipitor. Unable to walk and legs and lower back have severe pain in them even when laying in bed. I'm coming off of statins and letting whatever happens happen. F 59 7 months
20 mg 1X D
4/5/2010

 1  High Cholesterol I tried this at my Cardiologist's insistance after a terrible experiece with Lipotor 9 years ago. I told the doctor and pharmisist about my bad experiences but "gave it a try" after a long talk w/ doctor. Once again, within 10 days of starting, I feel terrible. Symtoms include: Lethargic, muscle pain, foggy, de-motivated, un-focused, flu-like feeling. Diet & exercise and let God sort out the rest! These kinds of drugs are not worth the toll the take on my body and mind. M 51 20 days
20 1X D
4/5/2010

 1  ldl 140 severe joint, muscle and tendon pain in arms, back, neck, feet, knees, bloating and memory fog I took the last pill 2 weeks ago and am still in pain and it's not getting better. I AM AFRAID THAT I WILL NEVER HEAL! F 53 2 months
20 mg. 1X D
3/22/2010

 2  cholesterol was 205 I had low back pain and stiffness, causing me difficulty in walking. I had leg pain and joint pain and constantly moved my legs at night to try to find a comfotable position to sleep. I had "brain fog"-forgetfulness, confusion, poor memory. I slept for long periods on my days off from work. I gained about 8 pounds in a month and had abdominal bloating. I felt exhausted all the time. I stopped the medication after one month and felt an immediate improvement in memory and clarity of thinking and and almost complete absence of the muscle pain and low back stiffness and pain. F 61 30 days
20 mg. 1X D
3/20/2010

 1  Mildly Elevated Cholesterol Look to the right for full description. I have been on four different statins in six years for mildly elevated cholesterol (originally, total cholesterol 240). I consulted my physician for the earlier changes. I complained principally of leg cramping and insomnia. I have also had joint pain, fatigue and general feeling of malaise, dizziness, hair loss, and mental fog. I stopped taking 20 mg. per day of Pravastatin a month ago without consulting my physician, but began stricter diet control (Mediterranean diet continued, with added soluble fiber and other foods recommended on the web for a healthy heart) and continued exercising 30 minutes per day on a treadmill. I will see my physician for an annual physical in eight months, but I don't think that he will convince me to try again. I would rather live a quality life, even if it is shorter. F 63 2 years
20 mg. 1X D
3/14/2010

 1  High cholesterol bloating, after 1 yr. bad indigestion, hair shedding badly, memory affected, joints hurting It took a year to start feeling quite bad. So glad I read other's comments, esp. about my hair. My hair dresser mentioned the shedding, then I read about side effects and figured it out. I called my Dr., told him I was stopping. I'm sure he'll try to get me on another statin, but I've tried others and had muscle pains and stomach problems. It's not worth it, friends. F 64 365 days
20 mg 1X D
3/13/2010

 4  High Cholesterl Hair loss. 50 percent of my hair is gone in the middle. i hope the manufacturer would investigate this. M 35 2 years
10 mg 1X D
3/6/2010

 1  cholesterol Daily leg cramps within 3 days. On day 8 I suffered severe vertigo and vomiting. no statins for me M 58 8 days
20 mG 1X D
3/6/2010

 2  cholestrol is 233 severe leg cramps on this drug as well as Zocor stopped taking Zocor for 1 week- cramps subsided- started back on Zocor where I had cramps again- dr. changed me to Pravachol 20mg and cramps have started back. Stopping statins, Cramps are too much for me. F 58 7 days
20 1X D
2/25/2010

 4  high cholesterol and triglycerides muscle aching when exercising. M 63 7 years
80 1X D
2/16/2010
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 1  high cholesterol Leg pain and cramps, acid reflux I have only been on this medicine for 3 days and I already have leg pain that keeps me awake at night. My stomach also feels worse than before taking the pravachol. I am only taking 10 mg as I stopped another statin, lipitor, three years ago due to the same problems but after my recent coronary blockage repair the cardiologist said I have to lower my cholesterol and that means back on statins. I have been taking 2 grams of niacin for the last three years but apparently that didn't prevent my recent double-stent angioplasty. M 55 3 days
1/1/2010

 1  high cholesterol Took pravachol for 2 years and slowly began having insomnia and active thoughts at night. Dr. said not because of pravachol so then had to get on sleeping pills. When I started taking Glumetza for blood sugar then the side effects of muscle pain began so had to stop the pravachol and when I did I began to sleep much better but am now hooked on sleeping pills. Cannot take any statin drugs. F 61 2 years
10/14/2009

 3  High Cholesterol I have notice for the last 3 1/2 weeks that I have really bad insominia. I didn't connect the dots until just a few days ago. This is when I started taking Prevachol 20 mg. I haven't had any other symptoms. But I am not going to take it for a few days and see what happens. F 47 3.5 weeks
8/13/2009
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