LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 1  high cholesterol muscle pain and weakness, headaches, sleep disturbances Have been on this drug for about 3 years but for the last 18 months I've been having problems with various muscles. Started with my SI joints...lots of pain in the muscles there, very tight. Then my neck started getting stiff and the muscles are like boards they're so tight. Now the pain has gone into my shoulder and upper arm on my left side. Just last week I noticed my right arm is tight also. I can't sleep on either shoulder now. My lower back is also tight again! And I get terrible headaches from the tight neck muscles. I googled muscle pain and Lipitor showed up on the first 6 or 7 entries!! I read all the comments on this page and couldn't believe it!! I see my symptoms over and over! So, I had blood tests done this week and have elevated creatine so was told today to stop Lipitor immediately, and will see my doctor next week. After reading all these comments, I have no doubt that Lipitor is the cause of all this discomfort. I just hope and pray that I can recover from these terrible side effects. I will use vitamin C and other natural things to help my cholesterol...but if that doesn't help...hey..I'd rather die from a heart attack than die a slow painful death on Lipitor. I think drugs are released on the market these days without enough long-term clinical studies to make sure they are safe. F 55 3 years
3/19/2009
 1  High cholesterol Loss of memory, aphasia, tremor, violent anger, tearfulness, insomnia, muscle weakness, easy bruising, and nosebleeds. Bleeding & bruising problems stopped in about one month after stopping the drug. Insomnia is better but not gone. Mood problems, language problems, and memory problems lessened by still present. Tremor is apparently here to stay since it's been about two year since stopped the drug and the tremor is the same. Doctor denies any connection between the effects and the drug, and also denies any connection between stopping the drug and having improvement/cessation of symtoms. I also watched my mother-on-law and her brother both start and stop the drug due to extreme fatigue and muscle pain. It is the WORST DRUG EVER MADE, and the cost of it both in terms of money and emotional and physical pain does not justify the handful of heart attackes it *might* prevent. Do yourself a favor - buy some fish oil and some flush-free niacin to treat your cholesterol, and run like hell away from Lipitor!!! M 50 15 months
3/16/2009
 2  colesterol Had 1 pill only 10mg lipitor(had tried lipex(2pills)1st but face had swollen up-cleared 2weeks) anyway the next morning -after sitting down for 10minutes- i stood up to walk and it was a very painful and a very slow stooped debilatating (compressed back)type of walk but after 5-10 minutes of standing could straighten back-only problem when sitting down -lower back. no other part of back a problem-can play tennis with only slight pain if bending over. it is now 14 days and still same problem -tend to stand or lie down for computor work no other side affects that im aware of Will see doctor if it continues to be a problem in 1 week though i see some have continued to have problems even after stopping and after reading this blog i am swayed to think that it is a degenative muscle problem( which will heal in time due to 1 pill only usage) and may not be other internal organ reactions as i 1st suspected. M 42 1 times
3/8/2009
 3  for raised cholestole been taking Lipitor for 15 years ,have experienced all manner of side effects from irregullar heartbeat ,sever fatigue and now have a fatty liver !!!!yet doctors insist i still take it ,40mg daily .I also has type 1 Diabetes for 35 years Lipitor does its job but at what cost latter down the line !!!!! F 58 15 years
3/7/2009
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 3  high cholesterol cramps in left leg, no feeling in right leg 75 7 days
2/27/2009
 1  High cholesterol Started with muscle pain and weakness, which I thought was due to my age and job.When my doctor got around to checking my liver enzymes, they were sky-high. My doctor said to stop taking Lipitor immediately. When the pain and fatigue continued, the doctor seemed surprised.The problems continued, and a specialist did a muscle biopsy. It showed permanent, irreversible muscle damage. The good news - the muscle damage shouldn't get any worse. M 56 2 years
2/24/2009
 4  Lower Cholesterol level Ringing in the ears, memory loss M 50 4 years
2/14/2009
 1  reduce cholesterol Hip, leg,shoulder pain. Developed limp on left side. Stiffness in morning and after sitting. Extreme fatigue. Depression. Difficulty sleeping. I was told there were no side effects when first put on statins and did not suspect my ailments were related. Upon discontinuing Lipitor, I began to improve almost immediately--less pain and stiffness, more energy and improved sleep quality. This is a life altering drug that should be carefully and objectively evaluated. I would not recommend it to anyone. M 61 7 years
2/13/2009
 3  High Cholesterol Muscle pain (severe neck, shoulder, back pain. leg pain) has become increasingly pronounced in the past few months (have taken Lipitor for 3+ years). Dr. suggests side effects may be due to "cumulative effect" - will cease taking for approx 2 weeks to determine if there is any improvement. M 64
2/10/2009
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 1  cardiologist recomendation rhabdomyolosis w/cpk of 14,600 in aug./2006. 2 biopsies confirmed statin damage at mayo/rochester,mn. even then only 3of5 drs. would admit statin damage. now live w/myalgia,periphael neuropathy,tinninitus and rheumatoid arthritis. unbelievable amount of people come to talk about their aches and pains since going on statin drugs,how can the medical community continue to deceive at such a level-{truly shameful} M 62 2.5 years
2/9/2009
 1  high cholesterol severe muscle pain. could not lie on either side in bed. each day it got worse and my shoulder pain was unbearable. Because of Lipitor I had very serious depression and thoughts of hurting myself. I figured out myself to stop taking Lipitor as my doctor never connected the drug with the side effects I always told him about. F 44 6 months
1/16/2009
 4  lipidemia None Cannot take more than 10mg because I feel "drugged" on any stronger dose. The 10mg brings my level to the cutoff point. Have no side effects at all. F 51 6 years
1/15/2009
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 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 cloresterol shrinking muscels,leg arms,neck vertgo from convusing neck muscels unable to get out of bed,loss of strength,memory,halucinations been of it for 2 years,not quite cured kill M 75 3 years
12/25/2008
 1  high cholesterol Severe lower back pain and an aching pain across my shoulders. Generally I also felt weak. The symptoms first started after about 4 months of taking this drug and tapered down for a couple of weeks after stopping. I tried 3 different statins, all with the same horrid side effects. I will NEVER take another statin drug. M 41 6 months
12/22/2008
 1  high chlolesterol taken since 2004, just got off this stuff a month or so now, had memory loss, extreme ache in left arm and sometimes left leg. thought it was another issue, spent the last 4 years with neurologists doing MRI, nerve tests, every test known to detect the reason for this. nothing found. decided to stop taking lipitor and am much improved. can do many things without my arm aching now. this ache was extreme, almost unbearable, many doctors just ignore the side effects of this drug. M 55 5 years
12/19/2008
 3  high cholesterol flatulence, mild aches, occasional indigestion Overall this seems to be working reasonably well -- brought my triglycerides and LDL down to normal levels but not sure if it's really from the Lipitor or from major life-style changes and bringing my blood sugar down. In any event, I haven't had any serious problems with this drug aside from having to be a bit more careful in the gym and being the butt of fart jokes. F 29 10 months
12/18/2008
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 3  High Cholesterol Abdominal distention - feel full. Gained about 5 lbs the first week. back pain in the am, leg cramps on and off. Weird tight feeling in my head. Gas, insomnia, loss of muscle strength. I have Sores on the inner cheeks. Weird tight feeling in chest cavity at times, when exercising. I was in otherwise good health before starting, although it's only been a week. It should be noted that this is my third time trying this med. I am not drinking the koolaid on this miracle drug. I think it has major side effects that the mfgs are still not attributing to the drug. There is a lot of good reads out there, including articles in the NY times - do some research - it seems a lot of us are on the fence. I'm in a very high risk category, with levels over 300, a horrible ratio, and tryc through the roof. M 46 7 days
12/5/2008
 1  high cholesteol depression, finger stiffness, finger joints locking up, much worse in the mornings. After being off lipitor for 3 weeks, my depression is gone, but the locking fingers and finger stiffness and pain is no better. M 55 5 weeks
11/17/2008
 1  high cholestrol, high triglycerides muscle weakness, tendon weakness and ruptures, memory loss. I started taking Lipitor 3/29/06 to control elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. I started taking 10 mg per day along with omega 3, fish oil, change in diet and exercise and reduced total, LDL and Tri's to acceptable levels within 3 mos. However, I tore my right Achilles tendon on 2/4/07 by just simply taking off from a sprinters stance. I then tore my left Achilles tendon on 10/26/08 by simply jumping in the air after my son won his playoff football game. Someone at the Dr's office recently recommended to me to do a search for possible connection between statin use and tendon damage/ruptures. Much to my surprise there is a significant amount of study and history of this connection. (Google "statins tendon") I have stopped the use of Lipitor immediately after finding out about this connection. I have always been very active, athletic and have worked out pretty consistently since my High School years. I am 41 now and cannot understand why now I am having th M 41 2 years
11/17/2008
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