LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 4  high cholesterol leg cramps at 40mg......went away at 20mg......ldl stayed lower.....just reduce your dosage to retain benifits and stop side effects M 46 16 years
6/23/2008
 2  High Cholestorol Very slowly, over many years, I've developed debilitating muscle pains, horrible fatigue, tingling in my arms, legs and fingers; I've gone to the doctor for 5 years, at least, trying to find out what is wrong with me. I JUST turned 40 years old and should not feel like this. Out of nowhere, I heard about CoQ10 depletion and just started the supplement today. I was never told ANY of these symptoms could relate to the Lipitor - in fact, I specifically asked if any of my medications could be causing these problems. F 40 6 years
6/23/2008
 1  hyperlipidemia Kidney failure, difficulty swallowing, persistent pain in calf and knee, short term memory loss, peripheral neuropathy, constipation, sleep disturbance, mood change, rage I took 80mg of Lipitor for 8 years. My symptoms got so bad that I had to stop working. Recently I was diagnosed with kidney failure and also put on zetia. I immediately started to feel even worse, but took the drug for a year until my symptoms got to be unbearable. My doctor dismissed the leg pain and said that kidney failure was unrelated. Do not take statins! They will rob you of your mind and ruin your health. The medical community will try to convince you that you'll live longer and avoid heart attacks by taking this. Read the facts. I stopped all statins and am starting to see improvement in swallowing. Leg pain is gone. My memory is getting better. I'll never recover from the kidney failure, will need dialysis or transplant. Will explore alternative natural remedies. M 58 8 years
6/21/2008
 1  High Cholesterol Trouble walking, hard to pick up feet and balance is off at times. Pain in muscles of both upper arms. Arms feel HEAVY and hands are tingling and somewhat numb. Have trouble holding on to things. I have been off Lipitor 1 year and 2 months. Have been to several specialists. I feel Lipitor has taken away my life. F 71 4 years
6/11/2008
 1  preventative as had a stent Swollen , burning feet and ankles. The ball of the foot would feel as if it was inflamed. Constant pins and needles in the ball of the foot and the toes and occasionally would get very painful pins and needles over entire foot. Had to remove socks and elevate legs to get relief from swelling. Quit taking Lipitor and within three days swelling stopped, foot and ankle skin flaked off like dermatitis and slowly over the next 4 weeks the symptoms reduced except for an occasional flareup. Still have minor problems after 4 weeks but it is 80% back to normal M 57 18 months
6/10/2008
 3  LDL > 300 Tri> 900 First - WOW! Second - okay I just started taking Lipitor yesterday - one dose in. 20mg dose and will try for two months, if something happens sooner I'll stop before the two months are up. What I am reading is that most doctors are NOT prescribing conservative dosages - maybe take that back to them the next appointment? Eh? My first night - the soundest sleep in over four years! without pain killers for the constant trigeminal neuralgis (a side benefit to be sure). Not happy about the idea of statins - strange psychic events when my mother was taking them (Zocor) - too strange to repeat in a public forum. So I am here looking for information about the side effects - anecdotally presented - as the web site for Lipitor does not have the information that would typically come on the "drug sheet". If anyone knows of a site that has the real skinny on Lipitor's effects - please pass it along. Much appreciated! F 56 1 days
5/29/2008
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 1  for blood presure My elder brother, who has expired 15 days back in the age of 54 years, was put on the same medicine for blood pressure in the age of 45 years which definitely resulted into causing him ALS in the last three years before his tragic death without any cure.He developed the symptoms like stiffness in whole body, loss of balance, no power to standup himself, loss of weight, acute weakness in the muscles of whole body and their dilution in size, constipitation, no control over urination and in the last 20 days before the death, he suffered with loss of vocal sound, choking the throat, looseness in the body structure, complete stopage of easing out and lungs detoriation like less intake of oxigen leading to his painful death in the last time. I strongly feel the lipitor had the crucial side effect upon my brother causing him to suffer with ALS for which there is reportedly no cure in Allopathy , while therefore i put my brother on Homeopathitic treatment which at least avoided the bad effect Please avoid the allopathic treatment and follow the Yoga-sustem or regular phyical exercise to prevent the diseases. M 54 7 years
5/25/2008
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 2  high cholesterol I only took Lipitor a short time then was switched to Zocor Leg cramps, fatique, overall weak feeling. I quit taking the Statin drug 2 years ago. I went to American Heart lung ass. website and put in my 10 year risk factor. By dropping my total cholesterol from 259 down to 200 only reduced my risk factor by 1%. I showed this and other info to my Doctor and she understood and said it was my choice. I feel normal today and will never take these drugs again. Here is site to check your risk factor. http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/problem.html Also I found out you should report side effects to FDA at. http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/problem.html They estimate only 20% to 30% of drug side effects get reported. I encourage everyone to report their experiences with these drugs. (We have to the Doctors don't). These Statins are dangerous over perscribed drugs. M 70 4 years
5/10/2008
 5  high cholesterol None Taking 40mg daily for several years. Cholesterol much lower,HDL higher,LDL below 100 and lower triglycerides M 65 10 years
5/4/2008
 1  High cholestoral Caused extreme pain in back an legs. F 63 3 weeks
4/24/2008
 1  Reduce LDL and Cholesterol I started to take 20 mg lipitor in August 2006, after 6 months, I reduced to take 10 mg, and after another 6 months, I reduced the lipitor intake to 5 mg. During all these 18 months, my LDL and cholesterol in 70s and 120s and I did not feel much side effects. When I incresed lipitor from 5 mg to 10 mg about 3 months ago, I started to experience the following side-effects started at different time: loss body balance, joint pain, muscle aches, weak legs, and some memory loss. About 2 months ago while I first told my doctor I lost some body balance and it might be due to lipitor buy my doctor told me the side effect was most likely by some other reason(s). During my second visiting him, he told me my blood test CK is 90 and my muscle should be OK. Then I continued to take 10 mg lipitor, but I felt more on muscle and joint pain and I started to feel I lost some memory. Therefore, I deeply believed that I had side effects by taking lipitor. After about a week to 10 day without lipitor, I got my memory back to nomal level and my body balance is getting better. During my third doctor visit, my doctor finally believed that I got bad side effects and he told me it would take months for recovery. Now my doctor wants me to take B3 or Niaspan instead of lipitor. M 68 18 months
4/11/2008
 1  High cholesterol (344) Joint pain, SEVERE muscle pain - especially in lower calfs of both legs. Some mornings I had a hard time walking. Didn't lower cholesterol much. Be Very Very Careful using this drug and other statins. This bad stuff sneaks up on you and - BAM - you could be in BIG trouble! Was on this and then Zocor for a total of 3 months. When I thought I was having a heart attack they admitted me to emergency room and overnight stay. No real heart problems - but weak heart muscle - likely cause of Lipitor. Lower legs have been hurting for over one year since I stopped taking meds. Doctors just conducted biopsy of leg muscle because it is inflamed and waiting for results. Likely not good. Also much fatigue then - and now. DO NOT TAKE STATINS - and if you do I hear the CQ10 is a good protector for some of the muscle damage that the statins can cause. Too late for me, I think, as the damage is done and permanent. M 47 3 months
4/6/2008
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 1  familial high cholesterol Terrible charlie horses, cramping, my neck glands hurt. My mother was began to have symptoms of als shortly after her lipitor dose was increased. She wasn't formally diagnosed for a year and a half after that. I lost my mother on January 12, 2008. I want to know if lipitor is connected to als. My husband was on it for less than 6 months and he noticed leg pains, neck glands hurt, trouble swallowing and more. F 53 2 years
4/2/2008
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 1  to lower cholesterol SUDDENLY one morning as I arose from a chair I received a sudden severe pain close to my the crotch area.Could barely move. Then the other side became painful.I crawled up and down stairs and could barely walk;had to use a cane.AND I had been healthy and active prior to Lipitor. Enlarged liver was the result of a blood test.Was taken off Lipitor, immediately, pain lessened, but muscles had become weak and stressed.Given 18 sessions of physical therapy, before body returned to comfortable gait.Pain free ever since. Cannot take any statins ever again. Was put on Zetia, taken off recently,1 1/2 year later. F 1 years
3/23/2008
 5  high cholesterol No problems with this drug F 60 5 years
3/21/2008
 5  Congestive Heart Failure/Renal Fail none My doctor switched me from Pravachol to Lipitor almost a year ago because of a study that was done in CHF patients and when Lipitor was used, hospitalizations were cut almost in half. Normally I have to go into the hospital a minimum of 2 times a year. Since I started taking Lipitor, I have not been in the hospital even once! Also, he also told me that Lipitor was better for my kidneys than the statins. M 82 300 days
3/20/2008
 1  high cholestrol I had flu-like symptoms and my legs just ached. They hurt from my ankles to my hips and on certain days I could hardly walk. The sad part is that I am only 47 years old. F 47 6 months
3/19/2008
 1  cholesterol At first I had muscle pain, but that faded out. Next effect was short term memory: I would gas up, then try to pay without hanging up the pump. When I not only paid someone's bill but also drove off WITHOUT HANGING UP THE PUMP, I stopped taking the drug. While it did lower my Cholesterol numbers (as did Simvastatin afterwards), I'm not sure it was worth it. Especially when I forget something important to my job and which I should have overlearned from years of gassing up cars. Memory is one of the things that cholesterol is used for making, and to me anything that cuts it off is best avoided. M 42 3 months
3/17/2008
 4  high cholesterol mostly i suffer restless leg syndrom 30 min. into taking it. otherwise, first dose i felt better. be careful if you're on lipitor and your doctor begins to try and put you on medications for high triglycerides. i was put on tricor and it was extraordinarily horrible. side effects you can't believe. we summerized it as a conflict between the lipitor and tricor. if you must take another med for triglycerides and you begin to feel flu like, cramps in chest, legs, rashes appear, sleep very heavily, sleep alot or feel fatigued consider keeping tabs and if the side effects don't improve or there's more added in 2 weeks time, discontinue doseage. side effects may increase IE: gums swelling, visual anomalies, numbness in muscles, sore throat, soreness in mucous membrane areas... 38 4 years
3/15/2008
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 1  cholesterol muscle pain/inability to walk with left foot pain. Memory loss. overall loss of muscle tone. Unable to control weight. Try to get a cardiologist to listen to you regarding symptoms. Called Pfizer and talked with nurse there and she recommended I let my doctor know about symptoms. She explained that drug was mfg in USA. My concern was that maybe some of the drug was mfg outside of USA, like maybe China and that a portion of the formula was causing problems. But in general the whole formula is poison so far as I am concerned. Thank God for this website. Am seeing new GP this week, and if he doesn't take me off Lipitor, am going to do it myself. Will take my chances rather than live this "hell" any longer.Have been on Lipitor for 6 years too long. F 66 6 years
3/9/2008
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