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 4  reduce inflammation after TIA I am writing for my husband. Some of his hair fell out for a few months. Then we learned about co-enzyme Q10. Since he began taking it, no more hair has fallen out, and his hair is stronger than I have seen it in many years. (I cut his hair.) We had his genetics evaluated by Genelex; Medicare paid for it. Apparently most statins are metabolized in the liver by CYP3A4 and/or CYP3A5. This is the DNA test that he asked his doctor to prescribe. My husband takes generic Lipitor, called atorvastatin. His blood tests, ordered every 6 months by his cardiologist, are excellent now. He enjoys good health. He joined Life Extension Foundation: www.lef.org and follows their advice on supplements. He eats a plant-strong diet, and he takes walks daily. F 77 13 months
40 mg 1X D
7/7/2014

 3  High colesterol gene related Sore arms and pins and needles F 57 1 days
40mg
7/1/2014

 2  high cholesterol past 30 days i have stiffness in both my hands and fingers. the stiffness is continuous and not just in the morning. its difficult for me to make a fist. i am not sure if this is caused by medication, however i am going to go off it to see if the stiffness gets any better. i have changed my eating habits the last 6 months in hopes that will help lower my cholestoral. still on lipitor, but going to stop today. F 55 18 months
20mg 1X D
6/23/2014
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 1  High cholesterol Muscle cramps, pain and weakness in calf muscles, weight gain, fatigue, mental fog This drug is worse than the reason for treatment. Hope I have no permanent damage. F 63 9 months
20 mg 1X D
6/4/2014

 1  high cholesterol Been taking Lipitor for over 10 years. The last 5 years muscles have started to really hurt, problems walking, weakness pain all over. Cant concentrate feel like im in a fog. Also fasting glucose was 104 got it rechecked 2 weeks later now it is 106 and I've lost weight. I watch what i eat no drinking smoking or drugs. Going to doctor about this. Tried quitting cold turkey I became a zombie couldn't get off the couch felt almost unconscious. I worry what will happen if I miss 2 days of it. It was very strange. I don't recommend this drug. I even exercise and just doing a 20 minute walk is painful for me. I want off this. My doctor said satins really help well I won't take any if I feel like this even though my cholesterol levels are excellent great I'll just waste away. F 32 10 years
20mg
5/31/2014
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 1  Family history/high cholesterol Sheermisery I have posted here before but lately it has occurred to me that, since stopping taking Lipitor, I am also finding my mental capabilities are returning to their once excellent level. I had put my decline in those mental capabilities down to aging (I'm 75) but I now know that not to be true. I wonder now how many of the people being diagnosed with afflictions such as Alzheimer's are in fact simply showing the result of having taken Lipitor for years. F 75 10 years
2-0 mg 1X D
5/29/2014

 1  slightly elevated cholesterol lower leg cramping and weakness / dramatic hair loss / stomach ulcer / severe right shoulder joint pain / low levels of anxiety / difficulty concentrating or focusing I started with Crestor but when that gave me stomach pains I was put on Lipitor as an alternative. Right after starting Lipitor I began to feel "off". It immediately gave me leg cramps and I developed a stomach ulcer. My heart Dr. insisted that this was the result of other meds, however my family Dr. urged me to get off the Lipitor right away. The 2 Dr. had a difference of opinion but the heart Dr's scare tactics worked I guess and I stayed on the drug. He even urged me to increase my dosage to a level which my stomach could "tolerate". After slowly increasing the drug for about 3 months I began to have sever right shoulder joint pain which I just put down to age at the time. Then the hair loss started. I lost literally clumps of hair every day for a month solid, now I have almost bald patches at the front of my hair. Blood work showed that all other things were normal including hormones , blood sugar and thyroid. I also began to have low levels of chronic anxiety for no reason (very odd for me as I'm am outgoing personality). I chalked this up to age also possibly menopause given my age but blood work proved that incorrect. I decided to quit the Lipitor cold turkey 2 weeks ago. The hair loss slowed down almost right away though there is still some happening. The anxiety is now gone. The leg cramps are better. The shoulder is still extremely sore however. I wonder how long Lipitor side effects will last. I have read people are still expe F 44 1 years
10mg 1X D
5/18/2014
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 1  Family history/cholesterol test Sheer misery I posted my original comments on 11/12/2012 as female 73 years old which was only a few weeks after I stopped taking lipitor. I have since 'fired' my doctor, haven't taken lipitor since my first post (in fact I don't take any drugs at all) and 18 months later am as fit as a flea, can do anything I set my mind to which is mostly looking after a large garden almost single-handed. I feel about 50 which as I am now 75, is fantastic! My hair is thicker, my skin is clearer, I have no aches and pains (unless I have overdone some activity I enjoy). Stay away from this filthy stuff is my advice to anyone who wants to keep on enjoying a healthy, happy life. F 75 10 years
20 mg 1X D
5/14/2014

 1  Prevention Lots of side effects joint pain, cramps restless legs infertility sore muscles do recover well after exercise I can carry on Don't do endurance sport on lipitor or do any exercise. I stop taking Lipitor 6 Months ago and Im getting better M 56 15 years
20 1X D
3/30/2014
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 1  High Cholesterol after Angioplasty Chest Pain and Bruising. While taking 40 mg (along with Effient and Metoprolol), I experienced debilitating right side chest pain. Bruises were evident which felt very deep in my muscles. Had a half inch protrusion on one of my ribs. Stopped and felt much better. Started again with 20 mg and same side effects occurred. Now plan to be off for two weeks to evaluate. Going off Effient blood thinner in two weeks also. Scary stuff. M 56 3 months
40 1X D
3/13/2014
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 1  high cholesterol Joint paint, stiffness in movements, insomnia, foot cramps Was on lovastatin 20 mg for 8 yrs - lost weight, BP lowered, but still had hip/hand joint pain. Quit for a year and joint pain went away. New Dr said cholesterol too high and had to go on brand name even knowing I had relief of joint pain going off statin. He put me on 80 MG stating dose didn't matter that if I got muscle weakness or joint pain, it wouldn't be any worse on 20 mg or 80 mg. Day 2 of Lipitor hand pain, day 3 hip & back pain, day 4 all previous but now foot cramps at night. Quit and told Dr. I refused to take - would rather live with high cholesterol (no family history of heart disease) than live in pain and discomfort med was causing. F 64 5 days
80 mg 1X D
3/12/2014

 3  high cholesterol rapid heartbeat and light pain in chest and tried And my doctor said take 1/3 instead of hole pill M 47 2 months
40 mg
1/14/2014
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 1  High Cholesterol Extreme pain under rib cage, sent me to ER thinking it was gallbladder attack. Ultrasound was normal. I have never had these types of pains. They are muscle type pains, not heartburn on tummy ache type pains and they are never in the same place. I feel like I am being poisoned. I am physically fit and otherwise very healthy After stopping Lipitor for 10 days all pains subsided. I felt great and my appetite returned. I restarted taking Lipitor a few days ago and the pains have all returned. My doctor says Lipitor is safe and most all of his patients have no side effects. He thinks it's in my head. I will be changing doctors. shortly... F 64 60 days
20 1X D
1/1/2014
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 1  High cholestrol I took Lipitor for my total cholesterol if 301 ! But i have depression and take lexapro 20 mg. as my dose of lipitor was increased from 10 to 20mg , i started having serious knee pain and depressive mode. Came off of Lipitor and within few days i felt much bettet My doc has changed me to 10 mg of pravastatin , no joint pain but i am feeling depressed....will stop this and i will try niacin. Prefer to have high cholesterol but have a happy mood ! F 47 2 months
20
12/25/2013

 5  Cholesterol Have had no side effects. So far has worked just fine for me was put on it at a young age. High cholesterol runs in my family. F 32 8 years
20 1X D
12/22/2013
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 2  High cholesteral well been of this drug for nearly 3 months and the side affects have mostly gone.Just slight stiffness sometimes in feet.Next is now go and see my GP and see wot he has say about my finding when after being tested for any problems which were supposed to be normal.Never again will i take this drug. M 47
20mg 1X D
11/21/2013
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 1  high cholesterol muscle pain, weakness, difficulty swallowing, a.fib, complete heart block I am writing this on behalf of my mother. Mom was 89 when her pmd put her on lipitor. within 7 days she started having severe muscle pain and weakness in her arms and legs, and could barely walk. She went from an 89 yr old going oon 79, to an 89 yr old going on 99 in a matter of days. went to see pmd on the 10th day and he diagnosed her with polymyalgia rheumatica and put her on steroids, and sent her to a neurologist, rheumatoligist, and orthopedic md. within around 3 months of taking this drug she was diagnosed with atrial fib and put on coumadin. withing around 6 months she went into complete heart block and had a pacemaker placed. her quality of life deteriorated in the next two years while taking this drug. she walked with the "statin shuffle", had several falls, chf, periferal vascular disease with extreme leg swelling and 3+ edema and put on lasix. she could barely swallow (you need your muscles to swallow). my mother died 1 1/2 years ago. She fell getting out of bed (had she not been on this drug she would not have had the muscle weakness and falls) developed rhabdomyolitis, seizures, and passed away 10 days later. this drug destroyed her life. As for my own experience, after 1 day of taking this drug, severe calf pain. the next day muscle twitching. ALL STATINS ARE POISON. why don't the doctors understand this? F 91 2 years
1X D
11/17/2013

 1  Cholesterol After about a month my extremities felt like they were dissolving. Had terrible leg and foot pains and muscle tiredness. I lost most energy due to most muscles feeling so weak. Stopping medicine has helped relieve side effects but not completely. Had not tried lower dosages (below 20 MG). M 52 90 days
20-40 mg 1X D
11/11/2013
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 1  "High Cholesterol" Stomach problems, muscle pain, mood swings, headaches, joint pain. M 47 6 months
10 mg
8/24/2013
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 5  hypercholestremia i develop cataract some time muscle ache great drug to control cholestrol M 50 25 years
40mg 1X D
8/18/2013
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 1  HIIGH CHOLESTEROL MOVE SLOW EYE HEAVY .NO SLEEP AT NIGHT AND DAY TIME NO SLEEP IN FOUR WEEK ! F 54 1 weeks
20mg
8/8/2013
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 1  High Cholesterol Shoulder, knee, elbow, joint pain. Memory fog. Anxiety. Low Libido. Atorvastatin generic. Experienced brain fog immediatley. Really bad for my highly technical attention to detail work. Started experiencing joint pain approx 6 months in. Left shoulder is so bad right now have ice pack as I am typing this and have been taking alleve daily for the inflamation and pain. I previously had pain in the other shoulder, elbow, and knee, but moved and had to get another MD. In the meantime I was off the drug for a few weeks and saw improvement of those areas. Now I have been back on for another 6 months and the left shoulder is terribly painful. I have stopped the med for a week and hope to see improvement soon. Diet and exercise does not work for my genetic high cholesterol, but I am with the majority here and it's not worth it if ending up crippled or senile. I will find a natural alternative. I wish you all the best. F 50 1 years
40 MG 1X D
7/29/2013
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 1  Put on it after knee surgery Terrible burning/numb sensation in hands & feet. Joint pain is worse than pre surgery! My chiropractor advised me to look at this website. Will be quitting this. Since surgery, I've suddenly gone on blood pressure, cholesterol & diabetes meds. Never had these problems before. F 49 2 months
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7/27/2013

 1  My total cholesterol was 220. Muddled thinking, loss of strength and stamina. F 56 8 years
10 mg per 1X D
7/11/2013
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 1  high cholesterol Extreme tummy bloating. Tight chest. Headache. Mood swings. Awful gas tummy pains cold shivers. F 62 7 days
20mg
7/11/2013
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 2  High LDL Cholestorol Unusually fatigued in afternoon. Felt lazy and unmotivated to do anything. Went off them cold turkey early May and rededicated myself to a low carb/paleo diet. Now focusing on TRIG/HDL ratio, TRIGlyceride levels, and keeping blood sugar in acceptable range. Ratios and numbers have significantly improved and weight has dropped another 15 lbs although LDL has gone up (probably due to increase in dietary saturated fats). Will retest (out of pocket) in a few months to see if my numbers improve. Fatigue and laziness is gone and afternoon energy levels are high (as indicated by no yawning!). M 38 1 years
10 1X D
6/20/2013
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 5   None M 68
80 1X D
6/2/2013

 1  cholesteral Before I was put on Lipitor for high cholesterol, I had an echo done, normal results. 1 year after I have been taking it, and losing 20 pounds, took another echo and showed that I was in stage 1 diastolic dysfunction in left ventricular. Plus my right ventricular was mildly dilated. Also I had elevated calcium in my blood test...never did I have that prior to taking Lipitor. My dr. said diastolic dysfunction can come from age. I am only 53 yrs old! I have low blood pressure, I do not have coronary artery disease, I am not a diabetic. This past year I lost 20 pounds which should put my heart in the healthy stage...looked up Lipitor and DD and showed a connection that the Lipitor altered my heart function! F 53 1 years
10 mg 1X D
5/14/2013
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 1  cholesterol Muscule pain and numb leg chest pain. F 57 3 years
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5/13/2013

 3  Over 300 Cholesterol - Chest muscle pains. - Pins and needles in legs and arms. - Numbness in fingers, reduced hand grip power. - Numbness/pain in back. - Numbness/headache in forehead. - Numbness in mouth. - Headache that lasts for days. -My sight also gets tired from computer a lot easier than before. The week I started to take I had the chest ache, confirmed to be muscular by doctors. At the start of the second week, I accidentally took a dose in the morning instead of the night because I took the wrong pill (skipped the night dose). The day after I started to have the other symptons. The worst one - the mouth one has faded, but the others remain. I found out too late grapefruit juice can make this drug stronger. I drank it some days during the first 2 weeks. Stopped drinking it. At the beginning of third week I took 50mg of CoQ10 per day for 3 days. I couldn't sense an improvement, but after stopping for other three days I will try again. (I need better evidence before buying a can of CoQ10, it is very expensive and hard to find around here). Will beg my cardiologist to let me try natural exercise before continuing statins. Giving it a 3, because it was effective , in a single month and with ezetimibe and exercise all my numbers are in very safe ranges. Please be careful about "natural" supplements. Homeopathy simply does not work - it is just water - The supplements that do work may also have side effects, just like the drugs. Red Yeast Rice, for example, actually contains a statin (lovastatin) , so it will most likely have all the set of side effects as the other statins... M 28
20mg 1X D
5/2/2013
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 1  Borderline cholesterol Severe lethargy, general body pain, severe pain of the hip joint, limping now. Should be discount inked from the market, causing more evil than good. F 57 2 weeks
20mg 1X D
4/30/2013

 1  High Cholesterol Still have pain in feet and legs, since Dr made me continue this Lipitor (Crippling Medicine from Hell) & when I refused to take it the 2nd time, even though they continued to tell me that I could DIE if I did not take it, with my response being that I could live with agonizing pain and be disabled on this medication or possibly NOT DIE from this medication and still provide for my family by working. That was Long ago & my Feet still hurt so bad by the end of my work day, because they decided I should take Simcor in its place. Now I had no ideas at the time about Statin drugs until I found this website, I had been on Simcor for 1 Month & stopped it immediately when I realized that it was perpetuating my Foot/ankle pain. I will never take any Statin drugs again, & my Cholesterol is lower from my change in diet. Do NOT fall for the Statin Drug Scam, as Big Pharma runs our little Family Dr Offices with Lunches & boxes full of Sample drugs, to either give to patien Never take this Drug or any other Statin Drug, as it has never been proven that Cholesterol will Kill you, especially when I know people who are not over weight and eat right only to have there Hi # above 400 and it is Genetic, with no one dying from Heart attacks in there Family's. So many books out today about the Statin Drug Lies! M 46 8 days
40mg 1X D
3/24/2013
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 3  LDL was 98 Doc wanted it lower (72) drive is knocked down including sex drive. After stent (LDL was 72) Doc increased my dose to 40MG. LDL is 44 and it lowered HDL. One size does not fit all, if you are 50 or over and your family has heart issues, this may help. CHANGE YOUR LIFE EAT LESS FAT (NO RED MEAT) and watch your diet, exercise. We goofed off until now and now do it for the kids. M 57 4 years
20 1X D
3/23/2013
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 3  mild high cholesterol Muscle tightness, lower back weakness, body «stiffed» during sleep. That medication works to lower cholesterol level, but in my case it came with mild side effects like general body stiffness and muscle pain. I'll ask for another medicine. M 45 10 months
10 1X D
2/9/2013

 1  high cholesterol Pain under ribs , restless legs .muscle pain everywhere..lethargy depression.insomnia.brain fog mood swings .lack of strength..blurred vision.forgetfulness.. F 54 4 months
40mg
2/6/2013

 1  CHOLESTEROL I experienced permanent nerve damage to my feet & severe leg cramping. Symptoms started as a warming sensation on my lower legs after a few months and progressed to the permanent nerve damage. I discontinued taking Lipitor over 5 years ago. My feet are now simultaneously numb and painful. DO NOT TAKE THIS DANGEROUS DRUG. BE VERY AWARE OF THE PERMANENT NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES. M 55 1 years
40 1X D
1/22/2013

 1  cabg stiff neck, sore left testicle ,arm muscles melting,legs feel like they don't belong to me. M 62 30 days
80 1X D
1/17/2013
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 1  very high cholosterol headache, gas, bloating, mood swings, ill feeling, paranoid, anxious My Dr said my cholesterol was very high. SO she put me on Lipitor. I was so sick over Christmas Holiday and did not know why. Could not eat, sleep. felt so gassy and my belly blew up like a balloon. When I stopped taking it, I felt back to normal. Ill do it naturally with eating healthily with salmon and olive oil and veggies. F 45 30 days
20mg 1X D
1/13/2013
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 1  mild cholesterol terrible muscle pain terrible mood changes could hardly walk or lift my arms stopped taking them 4 years ago and still suffer terrible muscle pain and wasting. i have set up a website for australians to connect who have been afflicted by this medication please come and join and unite in effort to educate the medical fraterity of their ignorance or denial http://australianstatinvictims.com/ M 49 3 years
20 1X D
1/3/2013
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 2  high cholesterol became more anxious about EVERYTHING, and noticed words would not form in my head during conversations, was disturbing and couldn't figure out why these things were happening...made me think i needed antidepressants or something to deal with constant anxiety/fear (which i have taken before and are horrible to get off of) have noticed slightly more tingling and weird pains, so I think this is a perfect time to stop taking this. I agree with another post...what are they doing to us, in the interest of "healing" us? I did take the actual "lipitor" for several yrs, and it did lower cholesteral, but started experiencing the muscle tingley thing and stopped , then started with the Atorvastatin, where i noticed the above side affects. be very aware of any physical/emotional changes F 58 3 months
10 1X D
1/1/2013
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 1  High cholesterol Severe and prolonged leg, ankle, toe muscle pain every night Doctor said it was not the lipitor...went off it myself.... Now off 6 myths.... NO more muscle pain! F 61 6 months
40 mg 1X D
12/22/2012

 2  High cholesterol Very bad mood swings - rage. Joint pain. Extremely tired. My husband has totally changed in the past 2 months. HUGE changes in his mood and physical activity. M 56 2 months
1X D
11/28/2012
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 1  abnormal lipid profile fatigue, depression, hand and feet joint pains so very severe, dysfunctional bowel, muscle aches, no energy patients need to realize that the statins block the mevalonate pathway that leads to ubuquinol which is the catalyst for all energy formation in the human body, this is catastrophic and must be treated by cessation of statin and 200mg. of ubiquinol twice a day, takes time to reverse side effects M 62
1X D
11/13/2012
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 1  High cholesterol Overall decline in life. Depression, severe and persistent musclo-skeletal pain, insomnia, gas, severe rectal bleeding, nausea, stomach pain, syncope and more. After ten years of misery I stopped taking lipitor/atorvastatin, on the advice of my doctor, for a week to relieve severe shoulder pain, which I extended to ten days when I noticed an amazing improvement in my general well-being and after the ten days felt so much better I stopped taking it altogether. For those who feel a long life is preferable to a good life, this drug may be worth taking; for those who have enjoyed life and would prefer a slightly shorter one to a longer miserable one, stopping it is not a bad idea. Trust me - I get up every morning feeling a thousand times better, stay busy and active all day long and feel as I used to feel before I started taking this drug...and ALL of the symptoms have completely disappeared.. F 73 10 years
20 mg 1X D
11/12/2012
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 1  high cholesterol went from very active to severe leg muscle and buttocks cramps as well as aches and pains. basically a whole body feeling like i had the flu. No sex drive. Short term memory problems. Could not walk up stairs with anything in my hands more than about 5-10 lbs. Bad feeling of dread and depression. Could no longer mow my yard with a self propelled lawn mower with out having to stop and let leg muscles recover after about 10 steps. I have been off medication for over 6 years and am still not back to my prior self. Just recently leg muscles have come back to about 50% of what they used to be. I can not run or workout any longer for fear of getting hurt. This is a very dangerous and horrible drug. This drugs side effects were not explained to me by my doctor as being so risky. I am 5'9" and 160 lbs. high cholesterol is a family trait through several generations. M 38 6 months
not sure 1X D
10/2/2012
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 5  High cholesterol (260) No side effects My doctor (conservative and top-rate) says that taking Lipitor is a "no brainer". All advantages, no disadvantages. And for me that's true. My cholesterol fell to 160 and I've had no side effects. My husband and I buy 20 mg tablets and use pill-splitter to cut in half. Costs much less! F 69 5 years
10 mg 1X D
8/18/2012
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 1  High triglycerides Debilitating. Has ruined my life. One year - 7 different doctors, no one found the problem for an entire year of suffering! Now, off drug for one year and STILL have burning, knotting muscles throughout my body. Bottoms of feet hurt and are so tight it's hard to walk. It is rare I have a pain free day anymore. I'm miserable and used to be quite healthy and active. It should be taken off market. We should be compensated. It's changed my life and I think of the loss every single day. I get 4 pain free days per year. F 55 5 years
10 1X D
8/14/2012
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 1  High cholesterol Leg, arm, shoulder, and foot pain. Neuropathy in feet... Constant pain! Loss of energy. Difficulty thinking and speaking in a glib fashion. Disturbed sleep patterns. Difficulty urinating. Increase in blood pressure from below normal to slightly above normal, lack of sexual desire. Less muscle mass even though I force myself to work out at least four times per week ( usually five). Decreased energy and constant lethargy. Although it lowers wy cholesterol levels appropriately, it seems to have given me debilitating side effects that have decreased my enjoyment of life in general. I fear stopping the lipitor because I fear a heart attack... Bt I hate the side effects! I take vitamin c, fish oil capsules, CO Q 10, eat well, am allergic to red meat and have not eaten any in more than 35 years. I eat salad everyday for lunch, eat fruit and vegetables daily, and take many vitamins and supplements ( astaxanthan, MSM, alpha lipoid acid, vit. B complex, 500mg of time release Niacin, and more). One would expect me to be healthy and have a ton of energy, but instead, I feel Ike I have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I attribute all the negatives to the Lipitor. The worst of all the side effects is the horrible pain in my feet ( I have professionally prescribed orthotics in my shoes at all times). M 59 10 years
20 mg 1X D
7/31/2012
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 1  high cholesterol Mostly Pain, Pain, Pain. Deep throbbing pain in my joints and muscles. Hair loss, insomnia, tinnitus, dysphagia. Neurologist diagnosed me with MS. Feet hurt so badly, I could not walk. The prescribing physician shrugged off my complaints. I stopped taking Lipitor when I went into a coma in June 2000. It took me 12 years to recover. Lipitor created the same problems that Zocor had caused. I took for Zocor for six years. The prescribing physician ignored my complaints. This nightmare took 20 years out of my life. 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 65 135 days
10 mg 1X D
7/27/2012
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 1  to lower cholesterol and LDL debilitating sciatica, I wake up with my right leg( from my buttocks to my toes) tingling and numb. By end of day I am in extreme pain, and can barely walk. F 53 10 years
80mg 1X D
7/18/2012

 2  Lower high cholesterol At the beginning I didn't experience any side effects at all on 10 mg. It did lower my cholesterol. In my 2nd year I started having very bad leg cramps in the night and spinning head when laying down. In the 8th year my sugar started to go up which I am tested for every 6 months. In my 11th year I have now developed Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) as well as still all the above side effects. When I did research I read that all of the side effects I am experiencing have most likely been cause from taking Lipitor for a long time. I have now decided to stop taking Lipitor before something else happens to me. Too bad all of this showed up after so many years. M 68 11 years
10 mg 1X D
7/13/2012

 3  High LDL Anxiety, paranoia The Niacin medication I was referring to in my posting of 7/7/12 is called in some countries "Niaspan". M 66 7 years
40mg 1X D
7/12/2012
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 3  High LDL Anxiety, paranoia I went to see my doctor and told him about my discovery. First he was a bit reluctant but in the following meeting he already told me that he had read about Lipitor’s psychiatric side effects. He therefore put me off Lipitor completely and suggested a much lower dosage of 10mg Crestor. In addition, he prescribed a new medication: Niacin, beginning with 500mg the first month and then increasing to 1,000 in the second (with the ultimate aim of reaching 2,000 in the fourth monthly). Bottom line: When I discontinued Lipitor two months ago my LDL reached 165. This week my blood test indicated an LDL level of 124. So, after being helped by folks on this website I hope I can be of some help to others who suffer from statin side effects. Therefore, here is what I’ve done during the past two months: - Took 500mg of Niacin during the first months and 1,000mg during the second; - Took a total of 10 Crestor pills (10mg which are equivalent to 20mg of Lipitor) per month, i.e., one every three days. - Two natural pills of Phytosterol. - A cup of tea made of olive leafs. Now, I do believe that when I reach the maximum intake of Niacin in two months (2,000mg) the LDL will drop from 124 to 100 (the level required for diabetics). Good luck, folks! M 66 7 years
40mg 1X D
7/7/2012
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 1  High Total Cholesterol Extreme fatigue, general muscle aches, dark urine, burning back pain F 58 9 weeks
80mg 1X D
7/6/2012

 1  High cholesterol, post stentplaceme I am writing this for my husband. He initially took 10mg every other day several years ago but would complain of muscle soreness and tore a calf muscle while running once. At that point he stopped the Lipitor and improved. Fast forward 3 years, he went to dr for check up (he has known coronary disease) and was started back on Lipitor 20mg. At about 2 months in, he had nausea and sweating occasionally. One month later he ended up in hospital for coronary disease and dose up to 40. After 1 more month had episodes of extreme fatigue, increased belching, stomach discomfort and leg heaviness, low bp and pulse. Like the flu without fever. Hospitalized and cathed again but heart arteries were fine and previously placed stents open Dr stopped blood pressure meds and Lipitor. He was back to normal in a week. We thought it was the Toprol at first due to low bp and pulse also. So started back on Lipitor and within a week felt horrible again. Stopped it a week ago and will NOT go back on it. M 43 4 months
40 mg
6/24/2012

 1  high lipids Second time trying this. First time I got a frozen shoulder. Triedit a couple of years later and I have back and chest pain that made think i was having a cardio event. Stopped the Lipitor about a week ago and still having horrible back pain. If this stuff is damaging my muscles what is it doing to my major muscle.......... my HEART! This is a terrible drug! DO NOT TAKE! I would rather take the risk of elevated lipids! M 53 5 months
20mg 1X D
6/4/2012
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 1  Cholesterol a bit high Severe skin rash to my upper thighs . The itch and pain is unbearable to the point you cant sleep or bear to wear your trousers. M 49 2 months
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6/4/2012

 1  High cholesterol tingling and aches in hands, chest discomfort, difficulty breathing, stuffy nose, weakness in legs, back pain This drug is the worst. I stopped using it after 17 days when I started experiencing chest pains and difficulty breathing. Its side effects are horrible and it should be taken off the market. I do not recommend this drug to anyone. F 52 17 days
10mg 1X D
6/3/2012

 1  CHOLESTEROL ALL AND SOME NOT NOTED - KIDNEY-METAL MOODS-ANZITY-SUGAR LEVEL DROPS - STOMACH ULCER-JOINT PAIN- MEMORY TROUBLE- PUT ON MORE MEDS- LIPITOR ADMITED TO GIVING KIDNEY TROUBLES TO ME -I TOOK OTHER S WITH SAME TROUBLES AND MORE I TOOK MANY SATIN DRUGS FOR 5 YEARS OF HORROR, THEY ALMOST KILLED ME, I WAS 45 , 55 NOW AND STILL HAVE HEALTH TROUBLES RELATED TO THESE MEDS, MOSTLY DEJESTIVE SYSTEM AND STOMACH ULCERS- ALMOST A YEAR NOW TAKING MEDS TO HEAL MY STOMACH- CANCER? DON'T KNOW - LOOK UP MENTAL HORRORS ON GOOGLE FOR MORE HORROR STORYS ON CHOLESTEROL MEDS AND OTHERS THIS PUT YOU ON AND OTHER HEALTH TROULBES RELATED TO THESE DRUGS YOU ARE NOT TOLD ABOUT. M 55 60 days
40 1X D
5/15/2012

 3  3 Rough anxiety and paranoia. To be fair, I must note that I was also taking Norvasc - a blood pressure pill and when the above symptoms persisted I stopped Norvasc at once (replaced with Diovan). However, at that time - over a month ago - I was only aware of Norvasc's side effects and, indeed, when I stopped taking it most of the anxiety and paranoia symptoms disappeared - most, but not all. That is when I started looking for the other culprit. Sure discovered it soon: Lipitor. Spoke to a psychiatrist and she confirmed that the entire family of Norvasc (called amlodiphine) is known to have psychiatric side effects. A month ago my family physician confirmed that Lipitor is "guilty" of similar symptoms and agreed to let me off it for three months, until I take my next blood test. Meanwhile I'm now on health food as well as Q10, Omega III, Nosterol and Vitamin E (200IU). I now hope that LDL is low enough to say to Lipitor goodbye. Time will tell. M 66 6 years
40mg 1X D
4/4/2012

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