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Drug Ratings for LIPITOR

Average Rating: 2.0 (1075 Ratings)

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 2  High Cholesterol Severe cramps in toes. Feet sore to walk on. Tingling and pain in toes and feet. Swollen feet. Insomnia. Constipation. Have only been talking the drug for 2 months. Will stop taking it now that I find others with similar problems. F 52 2 months
3/30/2004

 2  high cholesterol, plaque in coronar Burning of tongue, dry throat and mouth I took Lipitor for two months and I decided to discontinue taking it and see what happens. F 63 2 months
11/1/2004

 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  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  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  To reduce my high cholesterol I was tired, had muscle cramps, uneasiness = felt HORRIBLE. I stopped taking it. I will continue with better diet and physical activity after experiencing really bad side effects when trying the same stunt with ZETIA. M 36 2 months
20mg 1X D
12/29/2011

 1  High cholesterol I started taking Liptor as cholesterol was 494. After about 2 weeks I was extremely fatigued, headaches. After 2 months I started having leg cramps and very dark urine. Went in for 2 mo. blood test. Doctor took me off. Said it was compromising my liver. Had only taken my cholesterol down 30 points. I started walking & taking some phytomega vitamins & have dropped my cholesterol down. i have been taking statin drugs for 35 years. They all help some...but have gotten leg cramps with all & some hair loss with Mevacor. F 61 2 months
9/6/2006
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 1  high cholesterol It did lower my cholesterol, but I became so depressed that I called my doctor and told her I refused to take it anymore. I think this effect may have been caused by an interaction with the birth control pill. it lowered my numbers, but made my life miserable F 22 2 months
2/5/2006

 1  Cholesterol Aches and pains everywhere. Gradually diminished mental acuity and felt depressed. Side effects came on slowly so I did not think it was the statin for quite a while. Bad side effects took about a week to 10 days to disappear after I stopped taking it. Will NEVER take another statin. M 50 2 months
10/9/2007

 1  High Cholesterol No side effect for first 4 weeks, cholesterol down to 150 from 210, then unusual pain and weakness began in both legs, worse on left. Worse with exercise. Legs felt cramped and sore and weak, especially in calves and lower rear thigh muscles. I had been a regular and energetic walker, but I couldn't keep it up. My blood work showed mildly higher levels of whatever is watched for with this drug. The doctor left it up to me whether to continue, and I stopped taking it about 3 weeks ago. My leg pain seemed to improve after about a week but did not go away, and has now worsened again. I this drug should be used with far more caution! M 53 2 months
8/25/2006

 1  High Cholesterol Confusion, short term memory loss, lack of motivation. Returned to normal within a week of quitting Lipitor. I had rather risk living with a 228 cholesterol level than deal with the memory loss. It was quite frightening as it seemed like incipient dementia. M 57 2 months
2/21/2006
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 1  Prescribed by Dr. I was taking this medication for 2 months. Intense pain in both calves and thighs when walking only a few blocks. Pain in lower back, forearms and left shoulder. I thought I was getting PAD. I couldn't climb stairs or walk while shopping with my wife. I needed to rest every few minutes. I don't even have high cholesterol, but my cardiologist suggested I take Lipitor as a preventitive treatment. I'm glad I found this site. I have stopped taking it for 3 days now, but pain persists. M 53 2 months
9/25/2005
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 1  high cholesterol Severe neck/shoulder/pain, achiness, acid reflux I went on it for 2 months, I didn't first associate this as the muscle pains they were talking about but within 24 hours of going off of it (with my dr's blessing) I felt much better. It did lower my cholesterol very significantly within one month. Muscle aches cleared up quickly but acid reflux is still going strong and I didn't have it before. F 50 2 months
11/29/2004

 1  high cholesterol Developed severn calf cramps after a couple of weeks on Lipitor where I could bearly walk and after talking to a friend he told me he was prescribed Lipitor and had developed leg cramps and his doctor switched drugs. Before taking Lipitor I never have leg cramps. I then called my doctor and told him about my leg cramps and told me to stop taking the Lipitor and he was going to prescribe another drug. After one week off the drug I still have severn leg cramps and went in for another doctors visit and he said he didn't thiink it was a Lipitor side effect because the cramps were localized and felt maybe the cramps were caused by a muscle enemze. He drew blood and is running tests. About the same time I got the leg cramps my right knee swelled up so I saw another doctor and I don't know if the knee and leg cramps are related side effects. Anyway I asked the second doctor about Liptior side effects re.leg cramps and he felt that the side effect could be localized and that the cramps could After learning about the side effects of Liptior and talking to several people who have been prescribed Lipitor all had some kind of side effects. M 43 2 months
11/11/2006
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 1  MODERATE HIGH CHOLESTRAL EXTREME AND EXCRUCIATING MUSCLE PAIN IN SHOULDERS, NECK AND HIP. HAS TAKEN 5 MONTHS OFF THIS HORRIBLE DRUG TO BE ABLE TO EVEN LIFT MY ARMS. I WILL NEVER TOUCH A STATIN DRUG AGAIN. THESE DRUGS ARE ABSOLUTE POISON AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET F 59 2 months
7/27/2005

 1  calestrol pain in my left leg and most of my joints F 54 2 months
12/19/2004

 1  high cholestrol 266 Swelling left arm, very severe itching, intolerable itching, and vivid weird dreams. Also large dark bruise on hand. Should be banned F 56 2 months
4/17/2004
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 1  High cholesterol I took Lipitor for 8 weeks and experienced extreme pain in all my joints. It has brought me to tears and I have had to use sick leave from work. My doctor tested me for arthritis and other problems and all tests came back normal but thank goodness she took me off the Lipitor. I would not recommend this medication. F 40 2 months
1/10/2002

 1  high cholesterol I took Lipitor for about 2 months two years ago and it completely changed my life. My muscles and nerves have suffered from this. I have been diagnosed with fatty liver, leaky heart valves, goiter, neuropthy in both feet since that time. Before I stopped the Lipitor I ended up in the ER with a pulse of 156 and chest pains. I was a nail tech and needless to say that will never be again with the weakness in my arms. I would not give this to my worse enemy. F 54 2 months
7/14/2003
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 1  High cholesterol severe pain in left calf I was only on lipitor for 2 months but I started getting cramps in my left calf and it started to get worse until it was pain and I had trouble standing for longer periods of time. Went off the lipitor and within 2 days my calf was better. Thank God I only took it for 2 months. Sure, it lowered my cholesterol from 326 to 187 but it is not worth it if you have to live with pain. F 42 2 months
2/3/2003

 1  to lower cholesterol Took Liptor for 3 months 2 years ago. Developed severe thigh muscle pain (both legs involved) and could not walk 75 feet. Took myself off Liptor and all symtoms went completely away. Then my doctor had a bright idea to try Liptor again and the same symtoms came back. Problem is, went off this drug and I still have muscle problem and at times can hardly walk! Now the top outer thigh muscle starts to feel very warm, then get numb and lastly it starts to feel very cool (Like the icy hot patch). This drug is so bad, I just want to get back to my normal self, but I feel that the damage has been done! Am making Dr. appointment to see if anything can be done. 2-3 month F 53 2 months
1/8/2005
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 1  Cholesterol @ 269 After being on Lipitor for only two months, I was experiencing debilitating muscle pain in my arms, legs and back. Additionally, I was experiencing severe cramping in my legs and back. The good news was that my cholesterol dropped from 269 to 160. The bad news was that long term, it would likely impact the heart muscle. Once the doctor saw the CPK levels on my next liver function test, he called (himself) and said to stop taking Lipitor immediately. Interestingly, Niaspan had the same effect. Iím currently trying a therapy of 6000 mg. of vitamin C daily. An interesting site for information on this is www.newmediaexplorer.org/sepp/2003/11/09/ vitamin_c_beats_statins_in_cholesterol_heart_disease.htm and http://www.cqs.com/lipitor.htm. Iíll post again after I have my next cholesterol test (2/7) and see what the vitamin C has done. I'm not certain that any of the statins are worth the risk. M 54 2 months
2/6/2005
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 1  high cholesterol aches and pain in both arms and shoulders and weakness in arms, especially left arm. Difficulty sleeping because of pain. Noticed a decrease in sexual desire, but don't know if Lipitor is to blame. Seems like the cure is worse than the disease. I will discontinue using lipitor and see if the pain goes away. M 62 2 months
4/7/2005
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 1  High cholesterol I am thrilled to have found this site. The depression, lazyness (I don't feel like doing anything), lack of ability to concentrate, short attention span, feeling of Cholersterol went from 260 to 180 in the first month. The stuff works; however it's changed my personality. Quality of life is worth something. However, I agreed to it because diet and exercise didn't work. I had even lost 15 pounds (I'm 5 8 F 56 2 months
1/14/2005
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 1  Cholesterol Very severe pain in arms, knees, hands. Muscle weakness and overall weakness. I would not recommend it. F 64 2 months
3/2/2002

 1  High Cholesterol Extreme fatigue, headaches, cramping in both calves, memory problems, like Im in a fog all the time. Dr has taken me off the drug. Previously I have taken ZOCOR and MEVACOR with similar results, but not has pronounced as with LIPITOR Find another way to reduce blood cholesterol M 61 2 months
5/17/2005

 1  HIGH CHOLESTEROL SEVERE FATIGUE IN MY BODY AND TIREDNESS AND MUSCLE PAINS IN MY HIPS THAT CONTINUE TO THIS DAY AFTER BEING OFF THE DRUG FOR ALMOST A YEAR. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG!!!!!!! I was put on this drug by my doctor for my somewhat high cholesterol. The next day, after starting this drug, I suddenly felt like I had aged to eighty years old overnight but did not connect it to starting Lipitor. Up until the start of this drug I felt that I was as young as I was in my twenties and wondered if this is how you might start feeling the affects of age, by waking up one morning and feeling all that age caught up with you and now you were older than your years. I took the drug for two terrible months and then had a blood test and my cholesterol had dropped. My doctor mailed me the results of my blood test but did not send me a new prescription like he had the last time so I did not know that he wanted me to get it refilled. So I went off of Lipitor and within two months I was feeling normal again and even took a job with the post office where I walked five miles a day with no problem. I did not associate my getting better with my coming off Lipitor, unfortunately. Then I had an appointment with my doctor and he said I should have refilled that prescription by calling his office. So I did and the next day, after taking only one pill, I was eighty years old again. This time I did associate it with the start of Lipitor and then read the warnings the drug store gives you with meds and found that my symptoms were the same as what they warned against. I am not a hypochondriac and I never read those warnings so this was not a head thing. I immediately went off the drug but a year later I am still have the same eighty years old feeling and do not know that I will ever be normal again. I do not understand how just one pill can do that and this time I am not recovering like I did the first time. This has ruined my life and I would never have taken Lipitor if I knew what I know now and I am so sorry that I ever heard of this drug. This is so severe that I think taking it for even a short time can cause permanent damage. My doctor, when I told him of all this, wanted to change statins because he was still worried about my cholesterol. I told him no more statins and he then prescribed Zetia, which he said was was less effective but was not a statin, which I am still afraid to take unless I improve from the affects of the Lipitor. He told me he was on Lipitor himself and that he had no problems but then said, well he did have neck pains that could have been a side affect, but that he had been on the drug two years before this developed. I told him of the information on this site that describes some people having that delayed reaction and I advised him to take himself off of this drug for a couple of weeks to see if the neck pains cleared up! I advise, DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG!!!!! M 60 2 months
3/31/2005
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 1  high cholesterol extremly bad pains in hands,arms,shoulders I took lipitor 10mg for only about two months,then cardiologist increased it to 20mg.In one week i started to get very bad pains in hands,arms and shoulders,at the same time freezing cold,like arms plunged into freezing water,then burning sensations.after being messed about by doctors not believing it was statins,i came across the website about side effects of statins,and all was revealed.I told my doctor i would never take statins again.I stopped them about eight weeks ago.but have gone from bad to worse in most terribe pain and no painkillers have any effect.During the night,it is even worse,last night I cried with pain.but there does not seem to be an answer.I now warn all my friends about statins and their side effects.I now wonder if the pain will ever go. F 72 2 months
3/16/2005
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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
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 1  High Cholesterol Was put on lipitor 3 months ago because of high cholesteral. Took for a month and seemed to have problems with feet, etc but kept taking. I had tests done after a month. My doctor sent a letter and said to cut the dose in half for a month and have tests again. After my second set of tests she called me and told me to go off completely. She said she realized that my cholesteral would go back up, but CPK is of concern. Was raised to mid 200's. After a month I went in and of course my cholesteral was back up and my CPK level was elevated to over 500. Now am having another blood test a week later. Not sure what it will show but I feel horrible. Tingly hands, terrible musche aches. She told me "no excercise" until we determine what the problem is with CPK level. My husband said my face looks puffy. My eyes hurt all the time. I look sickly. This is horrible. Never again! DON'T TAKE THIS!!!!!!! F 55 2 months
11/18/2009
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 1  high cholesterol blinding headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Memory loss and at times find it difficult to work. severe fatigue with aches and pains. Prior to taking this medication I felt great and look forward to getting back to my old self again. I have been off lipitor for almost 2 weeks and still feel pretty lousy. F 54 2 months
6/7/2005

 5  tryglycerides none i want to know does it helps for reducing Tryglycerides as well other then the cholestrol M 80 1 months
1/27/2005

 3  cholesterol severe pain in buttocks and left leg Sciatica like symptoms I don't know if it helped anything. Felt no difference except sudden onset of pain after one month. Couldn't sleep. F 69 1 months
2/8/2008

 2  High LDL and triglycerides Mostly Tingling/burning in arms and legs and back of neck, Some lightheadedness, some memory loss, some chest pain, pain in shoulder-feels like arm pulled out of socket. Lowered my cholesterol from 270 to 180 in a month. LDL and triglycerides dropped to 100. I need to take this due to bad family history, but not sure how much I can take. The side effects are very distracting. I have been on this for a month and so far I am tolerating this, but if the side effects get worse, I would have to decide if dying at 60 from a heart attack is worse than living in misery until 80. M 51 1 months
3/23/2004

 1  to lower cholestrol very very blurry vision, at times felt that I'm going blind, severe muscle pain, dizziness, and migrane headaches. please call your physician if you feel like me as this is what I did. had to make another entry as i wanted to change the length of medicine taken from 1 day to 1 month as this was a typo on my part. F 55 1 months
1/19/2005
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 1  elevated cholesterol, post stent Severe headache, joint and muscle pain, anorexia, extreme gas, memory loss, mood swings I had a LAD artery 100% blocked a couple years ago and suffered a miocardial infarction. The pain was unbearable and the pain from the headache Lipitor caused was WORSE! I've taken Zocor, Crestor and had similar problems with side effects, but i thought Lipitor was going to cause my death. NEVER again! M 46 1 months
8/23/2007

 1  Lower Bad Cholesterol Very Painful feet for past 3 weeks and lower legs now starting to hurt. Can hardly walk without higher pain level. I stopped Lipitor for a few days before now and the pain did not subside. I now know from this site that it takes longer to recover then a few days. This has caused me to miss out on my Summer Vacation with Family. M 41 1 months
7/8/2007

 1  Cholesterol Fuzzy thinking, blurred vision, muscle/foot pain DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION. Look for natural remedies instead such as Red Yeast Rice supplements and eating healthier. Doctors should tell us about all the natural things to try first before turning to big drug companies! The drugs will kill you quicker than the original problem if you're not careful! F 39 1 months
6/11/2006

 3  High Cholesterol Constant aching/pain and weakness in arms, wrists, back of hands and shoulders. Pain in lower legs and lower back not quite as severe but still present. Gas and frequent diarrhea. Difficulty getting to sleep due to aching muscles. 'Severe aggitation' and quick to snap. For a while I was almost looking for someone to push a little too far so I could punch them. I usually avoid confrontations. The aggitation is one of my biggest concerns. Also growing more and more tired. I cut the dose from 10mg to 5mg and reduced above side effects by about 40%. Surprised when I found others had similar symptoms. Took 10mg of Lipitor for 6 weeks and dropped my cholesterol from 310 down to 225. Mentioned how I felt and was directed to cut the dose in half. Have taken 5 mg for about 4 weeks and cholesterol is now around 210. M 51 10 weeks
7/28/2004

 1  High Cholesterol After about 10 weeks on Lipitor I suddenly developed pain/cramps in both my legs, the left being slightly worse than the right. The cramps and tightness was sporatic from ankles, to calf to top of thigh then back of thigh, it didn't make sense as I hadn't done anything out of the ordinary to be feeling this way and it felt different than a overworked muscle type of pain. Although the Lipitor brought my level from 206 down to 143 within 6 weeks from what I have been reading I don't think I will begin taking it again. I stopped about a week ago, although my Dr. didn't think that was the cause, however, nothing else made sense. The pain/tightness is somewhat better than it was 3 weeks ago, but still giving me problems. F 39 10 weeks
10/27/2005
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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  cholesterol pain in both legs, unable to climb stairs for eight months,unable to stand for any time with out extrem pain in knee joints. When I notified the prescribing doctor ther was a problem, he eventualy said that there is a problem with the medication and the pain in the legs should subside in eight or nine weeks. It finaly took fifteen weeks and left me with two failed knee joits that were perfect before taking the medication.The product should be removed from the market for further evaluation. M 59 9 weeks
4/30/2005

 1  high cholesterol Extreme muscle fatigue(suspect Rhabdomyolosis) leading to tendonitis as a result of trying to perform normal physical work related duties. Just starting to regain strength after 16 months. Very upset that Doctor prescribed Lipitor after being informed about eye muscle problems with Zocor. No discussion of diet or possible side-effects, just here take these pills. M 53 8 weeks
7/24/2002

 1  high cholesterol My left arm and neck that hurt from chronic pain are now exploding. I hope from just taking a short time no perm damage is done. The pain is unbearable. I was down to a level 4 and now hitting 10 for parts of each day. I told the dr. I felt socked in the arm, he thinks my chronic problem is just getting worse. I hope he is wrong because I cannot take this much longer. M 51 8 weeks
4/17/2007
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 1  cholesterol All fine for first five weeks and then...increasing pain and stiffness at left knee. Attributed to running 15 miles per week, two 60 minute spin classes weekly, resistance training etc.. Symptoms worsened, swelling at knee, drained 25 cc fluid. Orothopedic consult; x rays and MRI revealed no abnormality. Symptoms worsend and spread to right knee. After two weeks of problems, skipped one dose of Lipitor. 36 hours after last dose, symptoms abated. 48 hours later symptoms nearly gone. MD confirms decision to discontinue entirely. Lipitor did bring my cholesterol from 235 to 175. Bloodwork indicated no liver or muscle enzyme abnormilities after 7 weeks but those results are not worth the symptoms. Switching to "Choleast" an over the counter red rice yeast formula M 60 7 weeks
10 mg 1X D
2/2/2011
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 4  high cholesterol vision problems, stiff neck symtoms, nerve pain and weakness in forearms from the elbows to the wrists in both arms with pain. took it with co q 10, vitamins, and bp med prinivil,estratest, actose,and flaxseed daily high fiber diet; lowered choles. from 228 to 123, triglycerides from 180 to 79, hdl from 53 to 58, and ldl chols. from 138 to 38. after only six weeks with very moderate exercise. F 52 6 weeks
10/11/2005
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 3  Total cholesterol = 287 headaches within 2 hrs of taking it. Low sex drive. M 49 6 weeks
2/4/2005

 3  RAYNAUDS - NEW TRIAL I HAVE LITTLE CIRCULATION IN MY FINGERS. NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT 40 MG. OF LIPITOR IMPROVES CIRCULATION IN A GOOD AMOUNT OF PATIENTS. MY DOCTOR CHECKED MY LIVER ENZYMES BEFORE I STARTED. THEY WERE NORMAL UPON TAKING THE LIPITOR, MY FINGERS STARTED TO FEEL BETTER ON THE 4TH DAY AND THE ULCERATIONS I EXPERIENCE STARTED HEALING. I WAS SO HAPPY AND SO WAS MY DOCTOR. HE SAID TO REPEAT MY LAB WORK IN 6 WEEKS. WELL I JUST FOUND OUT THAT MY LIVER COUNTS ARE TOTALLY WHACY AND I HAVE TO STOP THE DRUG. I AM GLAD THAT MY DOCTOR IS RIGHT ON TOP OF IT, BUT IT IS SO DISAPPOINTING BECAUSE IT WAS HELPING. I DID HAVE EXTREME EXHAUSTION BUT THEY SUGGESTED FOR ME TO TAKE IT IN THE MORNING INSTEAD OF NIGHT AND THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE. AFTER MY LABS ARE DONE AGAIN IN 3 WEEKS, THEY MIGHT TRY ANOTHER STATIN DRUG. AFTER READING THI WEBSITE, I DON'T HAVE MUCH HOPE. IT HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL THOUGH. IT CAN BE A GREAT DRUG FOR MOST, JUST NOT ALL. F 51 6 weeks
1/7/2009

 1  High cholesterol I took Lipitor for 6 weeks and noticed extreme dehydration and extremely dry eyes. My eyes are so dry that they stick to the eyelids at night and I am getting microabrasions on them - very painful. Additionally, despite eating a pure fiber diet to lower my cholesterol, the medicine has made me extremely constipated. I have been off now for 5 days. The constipation is starting to go away as are the dry eyes although they are still quite painful. I have started the "Blood Type Diet" for my blood type (A) and will lower my cholesterol naturally since I cannot fathom being on Lipitor after my experience with it. I would not recommend this medicine to anyone. F 37 6 weeks
9/5/2008

 1  High Cholestoral Weakness in both legs, hip pain, knee pain, feet and ankle pain.Lower back pain. Muscle weakness from the pevis down to my toes! Could not stand comfortably for 5 minutes. Started seeing a chiropractor for relief-did not work. Stopped taking Lipitor 40 ml. and side effects started to go away after 5 days. Have some lingering aches in legs. F 44 6 weeks
1/5/2008

 1  total cholesterol 248 One week after initiating therapy, developed syncope and hypertension. Primary care diagnosed and treated labyrinthitis. Subsequently developed irretractable lower back pain. Primary care treated with steroids. Other side effects included: weight gain, periorbital edema, fatigue, lack of libido, and detachment. My primary care never considered my symptoms may be associated with lipitor. I learned this only after reading about side effects in the PI and on the Internet. F 45 6 weeks
3/7/2005
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 1  high cholesterol legs feel leaden, initially, lower back pain (but I've had that before), cramps in thighs, achy legs, lack of energy. More problems with my sinuses. Woke up with severe vertigo, but it may be due to a cold virus. However, I've never had it before with a cold. Severe gas, and intestinal distention. Constipation. I take other medications. Some for high blood pressure, and thyroid medication. However, I didn't have side effects from any of those medications. When I started Lipitor, Immediately had lower back pain, then pain in my thighs (muscle cramping). It doesn't seem to matter what foods I eat, I always get distention and gas while on this drug. This is an unpleasant (for everyone near me) side effect. Since my Dr. is out of town, and I've only been on the medication for 6 weeks (10mg), I'm stopping it until I get in to see her. I've also had very different cholesterol readings over the years, and am skeptical that any given time you go in for a blood test, it could be very different. It's just that my last one was high (275!) But sometimes it's 170. And it's also been borderline for many years, around 200. (with the good cholesterol very good). I think it's higher these days, because I've been in menopause longer. But I wonder if side effects to any drug aren't a message that F 58 6 weeks
1/14/2005

 1  High cholesterol depression, muscle pain in shoulders, hips and feet. My feet felt like I was walking on small ice cubes when barefoot. Big time flatulence, achilles tendon tightness, dizziness, (one fall). PCP started me on 40 mg 6 weeks ago, quit 3 days ago, feeling better. Muscle pain improved, depression almost gone, fatigue persists. F 54 6 weeks
1/8/2005

 1  High cholesterol Got shingles, and was told by a doctor the shingles resulted from the depletion of CoQ10 caused by the Lipitor A research article in JAMA, 2004;291:2243-2252 concludes this: F 61 6 weeks
5/30/2005

 1  High cholesterol Got shingles, and was told by a doctor the shingles resulted from the depletion of CoQ10 caused by the Lipitor A research article in JAMA, 2004;291:2243-2252 concludes this: F 61 6 weeks
5/30/2005

 1   Extreme burning feeling and numbing of my feet that progressively got worse...had to stop after a month and a half. Burning went away with 3 days. M 58 6 weeks
5/22/2004

 1  To PREVENT High cholesterol Bouts of extreme forgetfulness, extreme muscle pain, insomnia, tremors, cluster headaches,kidney pain, urinary problems Became unable to walk without a cane, unable to sleep, kidney problems (urine like root beer). I had a high stress detail oriented job that I lost due to inability to think fast enough to manage. I went from being a "SMEE" (subject matter expert)to crying in front of my computer unable to function. Couldn't find words, got lost on way to grocery store etc. Dr kept telling me it couldn't be any of the meds I was on. Finally Googled symptoms and first hit was Spacedoc and there was my answer. Within 2 days of stopping I had noticeable mental improvement. I stopped it 8 weeks ago and still have much muscle pain and fatigue. Kidneys have cleared, but will still give me problems if I fatigue myself. I think it is a poison, some people do need statans I guess, but not me! F 57 6 weeks
40 mg 1X D
1/5/2012
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 1  High Cholesterol Weak legs, lack of concentration, slurred speach, loss of balance and loss of short term memory. I spent 2 days in the hospital because I could'nt talk without slurring my words, I could'nt concentrate and could'nt walk more than a few minutes without feeling weak. I have been off Lipitor for 2 months now and still get sore and weak legs and can barely remember anything that has happened recently :(. If you are over 50 it is better to have high cholesterol than too low!! Check this site for more Lipitor horror stories. http://www.newmediaexplorer.org /sepp/2004/01/31/lipitor_the_human_cost.htm M 52 6 weeks
11/29/2006

 1  Slightly high cholesterol of 5.3 I'm completeing this on behalf of my father, who died after being prescribed 20 mg Totalip/ Atorvastatin, despite the usual dose being 10 mg and him having 2 risk factors, being over 70 and with hypothyroidism. The inquest verdict was misadventure. The GMC decided that the 20 mg dose was reasonable, and that the GP had not acted inappropriately by prescribing this dose. So much for SPCs, PILs, and the CSM's Pharmacovigilance reports, all of which state that the usual dose is 10 mg a day, and that statins should be used with caution by patients over 70 and with hypothyroidism. GPs will continue overprescribing if they are allowed to get away with it. Please contact me if you can advise or help. Thanks. Jay M 71 6 weeks
7/30/2005
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 1  border line elevated LDL levels severe back pain in the mornings. Extreme fatigue. Mentally in a daze. I felt much better 4 days after stopping Lipitor. I am trying a natural therapy to treat the elevated LDL and I suggest anyone that would like to try this solution email larry @ [larryhor@optonline.net] It is free and he has no vested interest in the 3 herbs used. M 47 6 weeks
8/13/2004
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