LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 4  high cholesterol. none. but soon as i started it the staticy feeling in my abdomin stopped and the hot feelings i usually suffered from when that static would start had ceased with it. i feel much better. it drove my cholesterol down to almost perfect levels. of course if you behave with your diet. AND if the medication doesn't make you sick. if you feel better taking it you've hit the jack pot. i've heard so many who suffer bad cramps and chest pains with this medication. i've lucked out. though i've had unsuccessful endeavors with another medication pertaining to triglycerides... but lipitor has actually made me feel much better from a problem i've suffered feeling as a child... abdominal irritation or a sensation that feels like electricity zapping around my midsection and used to make me feel hot and irritable. soon as i took lipitor that all stopped. i'm very happy something helped that. i was tired of feeling "strange" when it came to my gut. :D F 37 3 years
4/11/2007
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 1  Cholesterol Up until 3 weeks ago I was taking LIPEX another member of the Statin family - reduced my cholesterol very satisfactorily. However - over time, the following symptoms developed - pain in hips cannot walk even a short distance due to pain. Legs felt like they had run a marathon! Deep bruising - I thought I was just being clumsy. Joint pain in spine, hips and elbows. Exhaustion. A colleague asked if I was on cholesterol medication and informed me there could be a connection - I found this website - amazed at all the similarities to me - I thought I was going MAD!!! I came of LIPEX 3 weeks ago, muscles feel better, energy levels picking up, but hip pain still throbbing. I also felt like an old woman, I have over the years been to physiotherapists and chiropractors who did not know what to do - recently diagnosed with bursitis in the hips had 2 cortizone injections - still suffering severe hip pain and cannot walk more than 5 yards. Doctor agreed I could be having severe side effects of STATIN drug - has insisted I need my cholesterol attended to - has now put me on BEZALIP (no relation to STATINS so I am told) I haven't filled the script yet - need to do more research. My heart goes out to all of you! F 50 3 years
4/9/2007
 1  Cholesterol It concerns me that someone else is recommending SIMVISTATIN as an alternative to LIPITOR. Up until 3 weeks ago I was taking LIPEX which is SIMVISTATIN - it reduced my cholesterol very satisfactorily. However - over time, the following symptoms developed - pain in hips cannot walk even a short distance due to pain. Legs felt like they had run a marathon! Deep bruising - I thought I was just being clumsy. Joint pain in spine, hips and elbows. Exhaustion. A colleague asked if I was on cholesterol medication and informed me there could be a connection - I found this website - amazed at all the similarities to me - I thought I was going MAD!!! I came of LIPEX 3 weeks ago, muscles feel better, energy levels picking up, but hip pain still throbbing. I also felt like an old woman, I have over the years been to physiotherapists and chiropractors who did not know what to do - recently diagnosed with bursitis in the hips had 2 cortizone injections - still suffering severe hip pain and cannot walk more than 5 yards. Doctor agreed I could be having severe side effects of STATIN drug - has insisted I need my cholesterol attended to - has now put me on BEZALIP (no relation to STATINS so I am told) I haven't filled the script yet - need to do more research. My heart goes out to all of you! F 50 3 years
4/9/2007
 5  High Cholesterol No side effects. On for 3 years so far...feel great. 20mg and working fine. M 51 36 days
4/2/2007
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 1  Elevated cholesterol None The drug was fine but I resent the rediculous high price. I have switched to generic simvastatin and am actively encouraging others on Lipitor to consider switching. I also resent the direct to consumer advertising of Pfizer as well as many other drug companies. M 53 5 years
4/2/2007
 3  hi cholesterol always feeling tired high priced M 70 2 years
3/25/2007
 1  high cholesterol Taking it for a little over a year and have had many of the side effects to some degree. Gas, bloating. sleeplesness along with fatigue and not being able to get out of bed in the morning. The worst is muscle stiffness and not being able to walk at times. I am feeling like an old lady and I'm only 54 and blamed all this on menopause or arthritis.Difficult to walk up and down the steps especially in the morning. I just stopped taking lipitor and after this experience I WILL adjust my diet and I just joined the gym again.I am taking some herbs to detox my system and in a month,I will begin alternative treatment.I was also starting to become depressed. Good Luck to all of you. Will keep all of you in my prayers. F 54 1 years
3/24/2007
 1  high cholesterol taking lipitor for 1 year.four months ago I noticed it was difficult for me to get out of bed. the stiffnes and pain in my right hip got worse. difficult for me to walk down the stairs when I first get up. i feel like something in my body is going to crack if I move the wrong way. last 3 weeks symptoms are getting worse. after sitting fo a while, it is difficult to stand up. very tired and sometimes legs are restless during the night. I thought I was going crazy or had MS or worse. Bless you for this web site.I stopped taking Lipitor on my own but did let my doctor know. I will seek alternative treatment. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. F 54 1 years
3/23/2007
 2  high cholesterol back pain, aching joints and muscles, flatulence and wind,hair loss M 10 years
3/22/2007
 1  HIGH CHOLRESTEROL WEAK MUSCLES ,POOR BALANCE,VERY VERY TIRED CAN'T WORK MORE THAN 2 HOURS WITHOUT A NAP M 78 1 years
3/22/2007
 5  high cholesterol no side effects...feel fine and know that my risk of having heart attack and stroke are drastically reduced!!!!! ldl went from 172 to 80 and hdl went from 65 to 98!! F 50 3 days
3/21/2007
 1  High cholesterol Severe muscle pain in calves, unable to run at all even though I've been running marathons all my life. Felt very unwell, as though I had a high temperature. My total cholesterol did drop from 6.5 mmol/l to 3.6 but my HDL also dropped to below 1 mmol/l actually making my good/bad cholesterol ratio worse. Because I felt so ill, I stopped taking it. Cholesterol went up almost immediately after stopping Lipitor and I felt great again and was able to run again. A year later I tried Lipitor again with the same side effects as before. I stopped taking it and decided to live with high cholesterol as taking this drug made my life not worth living. M 46 3 months
3/6/2007
 1  high cholesterol A few year ago I found a book, The New 8-week Cholesterol Cure by Robert Kowalski, a trained medical journalist who knew where to source all the studies. I followed the recommendations and brought my cholesterol down 25% to a healthy level. When my routine was disrupted and I didn't have access to my books my cholesterol went up again. Here's a link to information about the book. www.endur.com/index.cfm?fuseaction= products.displayproduct&id=46 Hope this helps. If it doesn't just Google the book's title. F 68
3/5/2007
 2  high cholesterol and post bypass Severe pain in both calfs and thighs. I became unable to lift my legs to put on my pants or even get in the car. This developed after being on the Lipitor for about 5 years. I was on 10 mg and complained about discomfort in my legs but my cardiologist just said it was old age and even upped my dose to 20 mg. That really made things a lot worst and now I just stopped it and within 24 hours could see an improvement. Incidently I am a physician and was aware of the myalgia with Lipitor but I suspect it is much worst than the drug company would have you believe. This is really a very toxic drug and should be used with caution. This is a drug which is very effective in lowering cholesterol but also affects many metabolic pathways in the body and is potentially dangerous. M 68 6 years
3/1/2007
 3  High Cholesterol I experienced lightheadedness, depression, short term memory problems. The worst side effects by far were the severe muscle pains and cramps, especially in my shins, front of my thighs, feet and hands. I noticed that they usually began about an hour after taking the Lipitor and would continue for several hours into the night. I was on Lipitor 2 years when I noticed that on a day that I had forgotten to take it, that I didn't experience the severe pains. I experimented by taking the medication one night and then not taking it the next. Sure enough, every night I took the medication I had the severe cramps/pains but the nights I didn't take it, either I didn't experience the pain at all or it was at a much lesser degree. After a few days, I stopped taking Lipitor for a 2 week period and noticed that all my symptoms improved and the muscle pains and cramps completely resolved. I notified my doctor. She stopped the Lipitor and suggested that I try Red Yeast Rice instead. It has given good results with no side effects. F 55 2 years
2/28/2007
 4  cholesterol very persistent dry skin spots especially on my legs. Some leg pains at first, reduced with time. small amounts of gas, but almost constantly M 64 90 days
2/25/2007
 1  reduce trigl...clorest... extreme disabling vertigo,loss of support in all muscels in particular calf and leg,excruciatig pain if try to use muscels confined to bed for 2 weeks unable to leave,loss of sex drive,hair,memory loss,extreme fatigue no mater how much i slept,partial tempoary loss of sight one eye,hardest on legs,calfs,and to lesser extent sholders for me it was a posion,dr did not follow phizer advise,should have taken me off drug a year before due to my complaints instead of blaming it on my age.doctor did not test enzimes or sedementation rate. sedimentation rate important norm 1 to 20 mine was several hundred or more. been off drug for almost 5 months muscel pain is gone strength has recovered to 25 percent of normal,fatigue and vertigo have lifted,cq10 may have helped...plus saw palmetto,fish oils ,south beach diet,hydration but stil a long way from all clear,mental strength improving first,but body is still racked,depression has left but still resting when i can and still feeling extremely vulnerable. M 73 5 years
2/21/2007
 1  high cholestrol Extreme muscle problems and joint pain. In only one day of taking lipitor I nearly died. I was 45 years old when I took lipitor. Terrible mistake. My son almost died after taking lipitor for two months. His liver was functioning at only 50% and he was saved by being admitted into the hospital for 3 days. His cholestrol went up dramatically not down. M 40 1 days
2/21/2007
 1  HIGH CHOLESTROL EXTREME PAIN IN SHOULDERS, LOSS OF MEMORY. STILL HAVE RESIDUAL EFFECTS 2 YEARS AFTER STOPPING THIS POISON. F 61 5 years
2/15/2007
 1  High triglycerides F 66 6 months
2/13/2007
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