LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 1  high cholesterol hair fell out, insomnia, areas of fat under the skin became sore to the touch, last straw was ringing in the ears. I took 10mg of Lipitor daily for about 5 months. It did a fantastic job of lowering my cholesterol, and improving the good/bad ratio. Eventually, the insomnia, and the ringing in the ears (tinnitus) caused me to stop it. After 2 months on nothing I tried 5mg of Crestor (one dose), and had to lie in bed with a heating pad on my legs for the aching it caused (like the flu). I know many people who tolerate statin drugs without a problem, but for me, it's just not worth the side effects. I won't try again. F 59 5 months
12/8/2007
 2  high cholesterol I've been on it for 18 months and only after 15 months the muscle pain started - particularly in the glutes, calves and thighs but also in the back and neck. A general feeling of weakness. Difficulty getting up out of a chair. I've also had palpitations but don't know if that could be the cause. Also a hard to describe feeling like a very inner mild panic attack which only lasts a minute or two and is helped by deep breathing. Abdominal rash for the last 6 months - I thought it was shingles but the doctor said no and prescribed an ointment. I have had high blood pressure for the last three months too but am not sure if Lipitor could be the cause. F 57 18 months
12/4/2007
 1  Cholesterol Stroke like symptoms. Numbness and tingling on left side of face and left arm. Also effected my equilibrium. My cholesterol was at 190 just before a heart attack.I was put on 80mg of Lipitor and within 1 week of leaving the hospital I had stroke like symptoms and my doctor immediately stopped the Lipitor.Within a few days of stopping Lipitor,my equilibrium returned to normal and stroke like symptoms cleared up. M 68 2 weeks
12/4/2007
 3  High LDl Muscle and joint aches in arms, elbows, and calves. Felt worse when woke up. I'm 53 and it made me feel 83. Lots of gas. Been taking for 7 years. Symptoms appeared first last yr - early 06 - stopped taking for two months, restarted and symptoms came back summer of 07. Dosage for past 2 yrs has been 40 mg once a day. M 53 7 years
11/24/2007
 2  Cholesterol My doctor has started me out on 80mg a day of lipitor. I have only been taking it for a little over a week. I started feeling sick to my stomach about two days ago, and I have been feeling very fatigued. My head has been twitching and today I noticed hand tremors. Also feel like I am in a fog. Have not had blood results yet to determine if it has lowered my cholesterol or not. M 28 9 days
11/21/2007
 1  High Cholesterol Muscle pain, depression, dizziness (fainting spells), hair loss, panic attacks. My doctor kept changing the dosage, tried Mevacor and Gemfibrozil, as well. This went on much too long, mostly due to my inability to make decisions due to statin's brain-draining effects. After nearly committing suicide due to statin-induced depression, I stopped all statin meds. My depression lifted quickly, panic attacks stopped, my hair started growing back. Web searches turned up information indicating that women probably shouldn't be taking statins, especially older women. I'm lucky to be alive and will do everything I can to spread the word about this killer drug. F 60 14 months
11/21/2007
 3  High Colesterol Level Muscle Pain in left arm and upper back. Hair dryness, breakage and loss I was able to stop the muscle pain in its tracks by taking CoQ10 supplements but the hair dryness, breakage and loss is not good. Currently trying to find a supplement to counter hair loss. If I can find something, I will stay on Lipitor. It has lowered my Cholesterol from 11.7 to 7 ! My doctor wanted me to switch from Lipitor to Lipidil Micro as I was so upset by the hair loss and muscle pain but I have stopped having muscle pain by taking CoQ10 and before I switch to another drug that may have other side effects, I want to research it (Lipidil) further. If anyone has experienced hair loss on Lipidil please let me know. F 42 4 months
11/20/2007
 1  Cholesteral at 239 Extremely dry mouth, severe joint aches, muscle cramps in lower legs, sever swelling of feet, hands and ankles, difficulty breathing, tired, memory loss, mild depression, diminished eyesight. While these symptoms crept up on me over an 18 month period, I like many people assume "it's an age thing". I just turned 50 and family and friends would laugh about my forgetfulness. The severity of that memory failure frightened me enough to do extensive research on Lipitor. I stopped taking it the next day and within 72 hours my swelling decreased significantly, muscle aches and joint pain disappeared, memory loss is not as severe, breathing is easier, stamina is back etc. I mentioned these same things to my cousin who has since stopped taking it as well. She can't thank me enough for giving her life back! I haven't told my doctor yet, she doesn't like when I am informed...need to change doctors. F 50 18 months
11/12/2007
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 1   my legs and arms started going numb and tingling. extreme fatigue, some concentration problems and feeling "stupid" doctor said no way could it be possible it was a side effect..no way, no how. after four months i stopped taking it figuring i had nothing to lose. after three weeks symptons have almost gone away. no way no how would i take this drug again. F 66 4 days
11/10/2007
 1  Cholesterol Severe (burning) pain in upper and lower left arm and left hand, stiffness and pain in both knees, pain in upper back (over left shoulder blade). Pain in both elbows. Pain in left arm at night intense that I can't sleep and no position seems to relieve it. Have ceased to go to gym, as this is wholly impractical, given my loss of fitness. Pain is so intense that pain killers do not help. I cannot understand why this condition should come on so suddenly. It started with a flu-like symptoms, three to four weeks ago, followed by pains in my left knee. I am presently being tested for arthritus, but there is no history of arthritus in my family and I am just 61. The pain has been so intense that my life is being made a misery. Will now stop taking Liptor having read the comments on this site and hope I recover. Assuming Liptor is the culprit I am really annoyed with my doctor.... and will tell him so. I went to him feeling totally OK nine months ago and he advised me to start taking this drug. Better to live ten years feeling OK and then drop dead of a heart attack, rather than commit suicide to escape the intense pain caused by a prescribed drug. M 61 8 months
11/1/2007
 1  heart attack On Lipitor immediately after heart attack. Did not realize how stunned I was mentally and physically, till I stopped taking it because of extreme muscle weakness. Mental clarity, reading comprehension, short term memory improved quickly and chest and heart feels normal again. Have been off Lipitor for 3 weeks and have not needed Nitro since. Still have soreness and weakness in thighs from walking short distances and am still not as sharp mentally as I was previously. Suspect slip in vision related to Lipitor since vision is slowing improving. The worst thing about this insidious drug was that I did not realize how badly it was effecting me! Thought that this was how bad you felt after a heart attack and that I was tolerating the medication well. F 66 22 days
10/28/2007
 4  Familial Hyperlipidemia Had no side effects, liver tests always normal. Would give it a '5', but it isn't the best med for me. Triglycerides and cholesterol were getting worse every year; diet/exercise did not help much. First on Lopid (Gemfibrozil) which worked OK, but had gall bladder out as a result! Doc put me on Lipitor. While it did help get the overall numbers down somewhat, I am still very high. (Untreated TG 1700; w/drug 700-1100. Chol too high to measure came down to 280-350. Cardiologist now switching me to Tricor (scary) which is working better for my particular situation, but not as pleasant to take. M 53 13 years
10/17/2007
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 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  Pharmacy Screwed UP! I called in a refill for Lexapro and they refilled it with LIPITOR by mistake... I went through nearly that whole bottle of Lipitor before realizing the mistake. The side effects of this drug was that my MUSCLES ACHED so bad and my JOINTS HURT and I felt like an 85 yr old instead of a 42 yr old. EXTREME EXHAUSTION. It was bad enough that I unknowingly ramped up on LIPITOR and had to suffer those side effects but I was also as a result cold turkey on my anti-depressant so I had to endure its nasty cold turkey withdrawal symptoms. I know that for two weeks I could only work a half day before I HAD to go home and PASS OUT. Then I took another week for vacation. Went to the doc after the first two weeks of the torment but EVERYTHING checked good cause we didn't know about the Lexapro/Lipitor swap. I felt like a hypochondriac but I knew the bone deep aches were not my imagination. NOW, I check the markings on my pills... Its been over a month back on Lexapro and I STILL have joints that bark at me that I never had problems with before. F 42 28 days
10/6/2007
 1  hypertension very productive cough Doctor said it couldn't possibly b e that - I stopped in two days cough had gone F 70 1 years
10/5/2007
 1  mildly elevated cholesterol Muscle tightness, cramping in legs and back. Problems sleeping and concentrating....felt like I had the flu much of the time. Irritable. I had no perceptable symptoms for about 6 months. Since this was the only medication I was taking, I quit it and started feeling better within a week. It took about 3-4 weeks to completely recover from this "medicine". I tried other statins, but had similar bad side effects. M 45 6 months
10/5/2007
 4  cholesterol elevated None noticed I take 300 mg of coQ10 every day so that I won't have the side effect of muscle pain. In Canada( I think it's Canada ) they add coQ10 to the statins. My cholesterol is way down, my inflammation levels are down,and I am very satisfied F 65 1 years
9/22/2007
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9/20/2007
 4  ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL NONE. I BELIEVE THIS DRUG IS AN EXCELLENT ONE. STARTED TAKING IT ABOUT SIX MONTHS AGO WHEN GIVEN TO ME BY MY CARDIOLOGIST. NO IMMEDIATE OR SIDE EFFECTS NOTED SINCE STARTING. HOWEVER, ON MY LIPID BLOOD TEST FOUR MONTHS LATER, WOW WHAT AN IMPROVEMENT. IT NOT ONLY MARKEDLY KNOCKED MY BAD CHOLESTEROL DOWN BUT I WOULD SAY IT WAS A MONUMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT. WHEREAS TOTAL CHOLESTEROL HAD BEEN OVER 200 PREVIOUSLY, NOW IT WAS ONLY 151 AND THE BAD PORTION...I THINK HDL....WAS JUST 54. I AM WELL SATISFIED. I AM AWARE OF SOME COMPLAINTS AND SPECULATION BY OTHERS BUT I AM GOING TO KEEP TAKING IT. M 66 6 months
9/13/2007
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 1  post heart attack severe pain and severe limitation in movement in upper arm muscles; memory deficits and mental fogginess; worsening cataract; parkinson's-type tremor in left hand Two weeks after discontinuing mevacor, the muscle pain was very much improved (full range of motion took a year to recover); tremor disappeared; vision in eye awaiting cataract surgery improved to pre-Mevacor level (my eye surgeon said that he had seen existing cataracts made more severe by statins in other patients as well); noticed distinct improvement mental function in two weeks. There have been reports of worsening of gum disease as well, which I had had and which did improve. If you read the research carefully, there is reason to believe that higher levels of cholesterol are associated with lower overall mortality rather than higher, especially in older women. Cholesterol is an important part of brain tissue and many essential biochemicals, and that serum cholesterol levels do not correlate well with arterial placque. F 66 2 years
9/13/2007
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