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 1  High cholesterol I have turned into a cripple. massive arm pains, shoulder pains, knee pains, back pains, can't sleep. I used to be very active and healthy, now I feel like I am awaiting death any day now. Mine went from 220 to 198. I am going off of it tonight and will report back if I regain my life. M 52 3 years
20 mg 1X D
 1  high cholesterol the drug from hell. I felt like I was 200 years old. I could not move in the mornings I was so stiff. All my joints felt like they were swolen, but they weren't. It was absolutely horrible. I took myself off the drugs and told my doctor I would NEVER consider take a statin again. I would rather chance high cholesterol than feeling like that for the rest of my life. F 50 60 days
30 1X D
 3  borderline high cholesterol Severe muscle atrophy, pain everywhere, migraines frequent & horrible when I NEVER had them before, neck stiffness, unable to exercise effectively any longer. Have made the decision to go off them. Cholesterol was 204. Dr said to go on them & it only dropped to 178. Not worth it. I am too young. I have had so many blood tests, MRI & Dr visits with every specialty imaginable, trying to figure out what is wrong with me. I recently went on vacation & didn't have them & the difference was stunning! I felt normal. I have also been supplementing with CoQ10, 50 mg per day, since I came across it 3 months ago. Migraines are slightly less painful & less frequent only. No other reduction in symptoms with CoQ10. Maybe for those in advanced age to help extend or improve life. However, Drs are prescribing these things to people younger and younger and the 40 year effects of taking these things have NOT been ascertained, nor have the effects on younger people been adequately ascertained. Same with only borderline high cholesterol cases. F 32 2.5 years
10mg 1X D
 1  high cholesterol left toe pain. At first, I blamed my new shoes. Yesterday, woke up with severe neck pain, stiff neck, soreness. Had a massage today, and some of the stiffness left. Some years ago, I took another statin at higher dose, and had continual muscle and joint pain until I figured out that it was caused by the drug. I was wondering if the stiff neck was caused by Lovostatin. Thanks to this website, I know that I'm not alone, nor am I imagining this side effect. M 52 3 months
20 MG 1X D
 1  Borderline high cholesterol Sleeplessness, significant muscle aches in lower extremities I am very dissatisfied with this drug. I have suffered from significantly disrupted sleep patterns. When I awoke in the morning, I could hardly walk from the muscle aches in my feet. The foot pain was so bad at times that I thought I had gout. I have found no evidence that these drugs reduce heart attacks or strokes, so I am not sure why I was taking it. Even if this drug does work to reduce heart attacks and strokes, I may still not take it because it has lowered my quality of life significantly. M 41 30 days
20 mg 1X D
 1  choesterol major muscle pains and choesterol did not lower severe pains ---- also ate grapefruit nitely which increases chances of muscle pains or myopathy ---- F 53 60 days
1X D
 1  high cholesterol Cramping in calves thighs arms prickling in feet, muscle spasm would wake me in the night. Wrist pain so bad could not open a door since turning door knob caused excruciating pain on inside wrists. Physician told me she never heard of these side effects and to keep taking the medication. Several time phoned and went to see her. She and office staff made me feel like a neurotic and office staff refused my reference of articles to the doctor about my problems. My urine became dark and strong, beginning of rabdomylosis. stopped taking the medication wrist pain went away but I have had peripheral neuropathy in both feet ever since. Causes burning on bottom of feet as if scalded, feels like full thickness blisters on bottom of feet, prickling sensations on bottom, sides and top of feet. Numbness at times that ache, feeling like feet and ankles been frozen. At times feel like I am walking on uneven surface, like floor covered with potatoes. Balance affected, walking for any length of time c Very dangerous drug. Company only concerned about profits. Statin medications have not been shown to reduce heart attacks. Interferes with the normal effect of cholesterol that helps prevent cancer, helps with protecting cells, etc. Have lots of articles I can refer you to that I have found. Damage can be permanent. F 67 8 months
30 mg 2X D
 1  High cholesterol Thought I had the flu. Nausea, stomach ache, diarrhea, right side of my neck very sore, shoulder joints ached constantly, could not sleep. Ached all over. I have never had any major problems with any drugs, but I will never take another statin. There was no warning from the doctor or pharmacist. Wish they could be in my skin tonight. Take it off the market. I had rather take my chances with high cholesterol.... F 63 3 weeks
20 mg. 1X D
 1  Type 2 diabetic Watching my husband become a cripple with severe muscle pain and weakness. Additionally he saw a neurologist 2 times last year for serious memory and cognitive impairment. Was diagnosed with depression. He's 65 and over past 2 years he's gone down hill so quickly. he can no longer work as a truck driver. No idea Lovastatin could be the cause until 2 weeks ago when symptoms got so bad he could barely walk. I gave up on docs and searched internet. He stopped taking drug 2 weeks ago. No major improvement in muscle pain and weakness so far, but he seems mentally sharper. I am praying he will be back to himself again in a few months. This has been a nightmare and in all his many recent doctor appts, this was never brought up as a possible cause for these frightening symptoms. I am angry! M 65 10 years
20 MG 1X D
 4  cholesterol I sleep better at night and my arthritic knees have improved. I was headed for partial knee replacements on both knees. I have put this off as my knees are so much better. Last Saturday I danced at least 15 fast dances at the local bar with no ill effects the next day. F 61 90 days
15 mg 1X D
 1  High LDL Diarrhea, dehydration, stomach pain, muscle pain , cramps in toes and feet, trembling in arms and legs, dry eyes, belching, acid reflux, light headedness, high blood pressure, weakness By blood pressure has always been 110/70. It went to 180. We were on vacation, got medical help on ship. Stopped taking it and improving. Still have gut pains. Easier to die then live this sick: all interest in life left. And it was my daughter's 40th party and I could not keep food. Change in personality. F 66 20 days
40mg 1X D
 1  hi cholesterol diarhea when taking 20 mg. changed to 10 mg. after a few wks. gradually increased to 20 - muscle pain and weakness - had been doing a series of exercizes for 2 yrs. - now could not complete. Dr. had me on simvastatin and pravastatin with similar results - some included leg pain during the night. Why keep patients on these statins? This time he told me to keep positive? How? When walking is difficult, rashes appear, and u get sharp pain in ur head - all of which u never had previously! Time for a change! F 69 2 months
20 mg 1X D
 1  high chloresterol Muscle pain in my hips, thighs and calves, numbness in my feet, the combination of these issues made it difficult to walk even short distances. Finally went to see my Doctor about these issues. I thought I was arthritic and was taking Aleeve with no relief. Doc told me to stop taking the Lovastatin immediatley! I wish I would of been told of the muscle pain side effects when the drug was prescribed, I would of gone to see the Doctor sooner. I was told I should start to get relief from my sysmptoms in a week. I sure hope so, the muscle pain is intense! M 55 6 months
40 1X D
 2  High Cholesterol Dizzyness,Memmory loss, Felt like i was in a fog all the time, loss of strength, heart felt like it was twiching, Felt like the top of my head was going to pop off. I work on high voltage and i don't need a medication given me problems. I realiy don't have much of choice if i keep taking the meds i'll be dazed and confused and the high voltage will kill me, or stop taking the meds and die of a heart attack. M 46 10 days
20 MG 2X D
 1  Elevated Cholesterol memory loss, fuzzy thinking, mental slowness, clumsiness, inability to form words when speaking, mild joint pain (wrists) After taking this for about a week, I noticed the above symptoms on a very mild scale. I initially wrote it off to the long and late hours I was working for part of that first week. (4 days with only about 4-5 hours sleep.) After that assignment was completed, I went back to my regular work routine of two or three hours per day and 8-9 hours of sleep, however the symptoms did not abate and got progressively worse. After two weeks, I knew something well out of the ordinary was happening to me and the only logical conclusion was that because I was not doing anything else differently, it had to be the drug. I called a friend whom I knew was taking statins and asked him if he had experienced any side effects similar to mine. He said that except for severe muscle damage that he experienced, I could have been describing his symptoms. His doctor told him it was undoubtedly the statin and took him off. I quit the drug today and have called my doctor. I will report back on what happens. M 57 28 days
20mg 1X D
 1  High Cholesterol Burning, numbness, tingling, trembling in arms and legs, stiff neck, neausea, blurred vision, forgetfulness, muscle weakness/stiffness, irritable. Felt like I had a serious illness most of the time. Poison! Would not reccomend for any reason. Had to stop running because I was no longer able. Was on lower doses for three years with no problems. Increased to 80 mg for six months and started having problems. Never imagined it could be the meds. Tested for other diseases until I ran accross this site. Quit taking immediately. Felt somewhat better immediately but still had side effects off and on for about 1 1/2 months. Now feel great and able to run 1 hour a day. Going to try other drugs to lower cholesterol. M 37 3 years
 1  High Cholesterol 1st feeling of rushing of blood in chest, flash warm feeling. I feel like I have been beat up all over my body. Doctor said fibromyalgia, despite Chiropracter/massage therapist denying this. I have a high tolerance to pain, due to 4 discs being gone in my lower back. So why would I develope this now? Extreme right shoulder pain, tightness. Had upper back injury years ago and attributed numberness in fingers and arms to that, appears to be drug related. Cramping in muscles, twitching in hip joints. Cannot sleep or fall asleep, pain all over, took prescribed sleeping pill, Oxycodone, Neurontin and still could not sleep for hours. This is after the 2nd time being on the medicine. Told doctor that Pharmacist vehemently warned against using this. Took it for a month, was off 2 weeks. Apparently it takes longer for the symptoms to go away, but they did get better. On it again and it is worse. Husband read this and said stop taking it now! I actually slept that night all the way through and l I asked to try anything else and the doctor insisted on this medication. I would not go back on it for anything. I was taking Lyrica for fibromyalgia and also Raniditine for acid reflux, besides the pain pill above and sleeping aid. Why take a medication and then have to take 4 more drugs to counter its effects? F 52 60 days
 2  lower LDL dry eye blurred vision migraine sore neck stomach ache nausea tingling/burning/itching feet difficult urination stiff and sore thighs difficulty walking muscle weakness Normally I work out 7 days a week and am very healthy. Started on lovastatin to lower elevated LDL cholesterol. Dry eyes and blurred vision right away, stomach and head ache progressed to migraines which I haven't had in three years. Random itchy rashes. Muscle pain in my legs and I get so stiff I have to stand up carefully and hold the railings to go up and down stairs. After 15 Dr. visits I read about the side effects and stopped the drug last night. No one asked about taking new medication and statin side effects. Woke up this morning feeling better with diminished head and stomach ache. Hope this all resolves soon. Was on 20 mg Lovastatin. F 56 100 days
 1  doctor's idea After 5 years my thigh muscles became so stiff and weak I could barely get in and out of the car, had to use hands to life. Also since stopping I noticed I no longer needed to take Prilosec for heartburn and that my loose bowel movements firmed up. I had never thought of side effects such as those. My legs still ache at night but a lot less than at the height. Blood test showed no muscle damage and only one liver enzyme slightly raised. I'm taking Q-10 and Carnitine supplements now, and hope to recover fully. M 75 5 years