LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 3  highcholesterol sleepy all or most sf the time M 79 5 years
2/12/2007
 1  High cholesterol After four months on 20 mg suffered calf pains in middle of night. After 6 months cut dose in half, still calf pains once in a while. Now after 2+ years noticed my left hip was bothering me so that sometimes I had to walk a little funny. Thought I might need hip replacement (age 71), but it dawned on me that maybe the Lipitor might be the cause of that too. I cut dose again in half and am taking only 5 mg. Now after one week I notice that hip does not hurt any more. F 71 2 years
1/31/2007
 1  High Cholesterol Intermittent temperature elevation, chronic diarrhea, and severe joint aches similar to "abdominal flu" symptoms. Lasted the duration of my Lipitor history (6 weeks). Of note is my history of cholecystectomy (10 years ago) and osteoarthritis. M 51 45 days
1/31/2007
 1  high ldl/triglycerides this was the last shot at using a statin to reduce cholesterol ldl. I have tried all the statin drugs, you know the very expensive drug of choice for all the doc's out there... For all of you who now have extremely low LDL and a bad case of joint pain to the extent that it is very arthritic or having bad muscle cramps that you never got prior to the drug, it is from the statins. The drug is able to decrease LDL through a mechanism which also destroys and depletes your bodies ability to make CoQ10. This is necessary for they health of muscles and joints (that's why you are experiencing the joint pains and numbness). Remember your heart is a muscle, guess what is happening to it with the depletion of the CoQ10??? If you do some research on the internet, you will find that all these statins make no claims/nor have studies shown them to reduce heart attacks, but they cause muscle problems i.e. your heart, this is based on the fact that they put younger and younger people on these drugs and I would recommend that you do your own research versus just listening to the doctor who wants your LDL down to like below 130, neurosurgeons, who have studied this would tell you not to get it all too low. And just because your test come back and show your liver functions are fine and don't show any broken down muscle toxins in the blood doesn't mean the lack of CoQ10 isn't breaking down and damaging your muscles very slowly. Mine always showed fine and I had severe arthritis symptoms in knees and hip joints (never had this in my life before statins) and bad muscle cramps (also never got those until statins). Granted is you have high blood pressure, high LDL, over weight and maybe smoke, then you probably need something to lower the LDL, if you only have high LDL, you don't. Read the drug company studies, they even say it may help prevent a heart attack when you have 3 of the aforementioned risk factors. M 44 90 days
1/30/2007
 1  High cholesterol Thyroid disease (not sure if Lipitor caused), vision problems (blind spot in right eye), hives, severe pain in left shoulder, arm, and hand. Muscle atrophy in left shoulder so bad that I cannot lift objects. Bad gas and constant diarrhea. Memory loss and difficulty concentratiing. These symptoms (except for the blind spot) manifested gradually after several years on Lipitor. I stopped 1 week ago, and the symptoms have seemed to stop worsening. I am hoping for the best, as my quality of life has suffered dramatically. M 54 5 years
1/29/2007
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 1  MI muscle weakness, extreme fatigue, can't sleep good, muscle aches and pain I am going to quit taking it M 2 years
1/13/2007
 1  HIGH CLOESTEROL LONG TERM.. LEG CRAMPS UNABLE TO WALK,VERTIGO POSS INDUCED BY NECK MUSCEL PROBLEMS,EXTREME ZOMBIE LIKE STATE,EXTREME TIREDNESS INTERMITTANT...PARTIAL LOSS OF SIGHT,VERTIGO,SEX DRIVE GONE LOSS OF HAIR MISC MUSCEL PAIN SUGEST CONTINUOUS MODEST HYDRATION,PLUS C Q10 AFTER QUITTING DRUG. DO NOT TRY TO EXERCISE MUS UNTILL PAIN IS GONE,THREE DAYS AFTER QUITTING LIP GOT STRONG RELIEF FOR 3 WEEKS THEN A RELAPSE WITH SLIGHTLY CHANGED SYMPTONS,MORE VERTIGO,CRAMPS SYMPTONS LESSENING AFTER 12 WEEKS. BEEN TO HELL AND BACK .NO HELP FR DR OR PHIZER, I AM VERY BITTER AT MED PEOPLE THEY WERE OF NO HELP IN THIS ORDEAL, THEY WERE HELPING PHIZER M 73 5 years
1/10/2007
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 1  high cholesterol Intense and constant pain in my legs and arms. Legs were also very painful to the touch. Pain relievers didn't help. I was tired all the time, couldn't sleep, loss of sexual desire. My Dr sent me to a Rheumatologist as he suspected that I had Lupus. Within 2 days of stopping the Lipitor, my symptoms began to subside. The leg pain is gone, I have lots of energy and I can sleep again. What a concept!! It did significantly and quickly lower my cholesterol numbers, but they would immediately go back up as soon as I went off of it. I eat steel-cut oats every day and using natural products like red yeast rice, lecithin granules & garlic. F 65 1 years
1/9/2007
 2  high cholesterol Pain in shoulder and arms and hands. Hands are often numb and very weak especially in am. I thought it was carpal tunnel syndrome. Having difficulty opening jars. I ran marathons in 01, 02 and 03. and I have been a regular at the gym until about a year ago when I started lipitor. Recently, I noticed that I could not do a single push up without severe pain. Playing basketball has become impossible. Even a simple pass causes significant pain. The pain in my arms interrupts my sleep. I thought that I was just aging and/or out of shape, but it might be the lipitor. I am going off the medication and trying CoQ supplements and vitamin C to see if this helps. M 55 1 years
1/3/2007
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 1  High triglycerides and cholesterol Awful muscle pain/weakness in legs and arms, memory loss and more. For some this drugs works wonders, for me it caused permanent muscle damage and some memory loss. It is hard to find doctors that agree with this drug doing so much harm to many of us. F 49 2 years
1/2/2007
 1  after heart attack Severe muscle pain and movement restriction, hand tremor, memory deficits, worsening cataract, gum infections Improvements noted two weeks after discontinuing, did not regain full range of movements in arms for two years F 66 2 years
12/31/2006
 4  hypercholestemia Definitely short term memory issues, but I'm 44 and I suppose it could be part of menopause on its way...lowered overall cholesterol and my hdl went up to 59 from 35, and triglycerides went down but not enough. LDL down too but not enough so taking higher dose now. Worked like a champ at 10 mg for first two years. Now switched from GP to cardiologist and he's upped it to 40 mg so will see...have only taken 3 tablets since new dosage... F 44 2 years
12/27/2006
 1  High Cholesteral Jaw,neck, low back and hip pains. Numbness/tingling in legs and arms. Dr. changed first to Vytorin then Pravachol. Took about a month for the same symptoms to begin with Vytorin. The pravachol started the pains again in about 3 months. I stopped taking all statin drungs. Still hurting after 2 months of stopping. Be careful taking this drug. M 48 5 months
12/19/2006
 3  High Cholesterol Severe muscle cramps, charlie horse in my calves and feet so bad at night that it brings me out of bed screaming. Severe hip & feet pain and stiffness. Can't hardly walk when I first get up from sitting short periods or in the morning. Shoulder pain, tendonitis in my shoulders and elbows...etc. It did lower my cholesterol but is not worth the side effects. I have stopped taking it and will just have to take my chances trying other things to lower cholesterol. F 55 2 years
12/18/2006
 4  To reduce cholesterol I have been on this medicine for about 8 years. Reduce my cholesterol level for 8.6 to 4.8 over a 3 month period. This has meant that I can eat and live a normal life. Over time however I have noticed the occassional muscle soreness, lower back pain and now a pain in my left hip. The hip pain is a muscle that continually knots up and often needs physiotheraphy to fix it. Over the last few years years 6 - 8 of using this product I have noticed that from time to time I suffer from unusual amount of vagueness, short term memory loss and shortness of breath. The muscle pain keeps me awake at night and life is just a pain, but I must point out I am not feel depressed about it at all. I just get on with life and try to manage the muscle pains. I am today a bit concerned after being feeling strange for about the last 3 week, by strange I mean daily events of vagues, loss of short term memory, head aches and shortness of breath so I when to see the doctor and he suggested I stop taking the med Worked well for the first 5 years but cholesterol seems to have creeped up a bit from 4.4 to 5.3 over years 6, 7 & 8 M 39 8 years
12/14/2006
 1  high cholesterol zombie like tired depressed state,severe pain in calves total loss of support unable to walk,vertigo like attack, blured vision, no sex drive,decrease in balance after going off it,significant spectacular improvement for 4 days on all symptons,slight continuing improvement in last 6 weeks, estimate 50 percent improvement over next 2 years,md's no help,act like they work for drug company not patient,this sight will save more lives and life than all statins combined,love your dotor, its just economic survival for him. M 73 5 years
12/7/2006
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 1  high col. Severe back and neck pains that led to severe headaches. Stopped taking it after 3-4 weeks....since then it has cleared up. M 59 3 weeks
12/5/2006
 1  High Cholesterol Loss of Vison. Was off for four days then My vision cleared up, but has been damaged. Others that I have talked to have leg muscle and thigh problems that go up to their waist. M 67 365 days
12/5/2006
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 1  High cholesterol I developed constipation and flatulence, which I had rarely suffered from before taking Lipitor. I developed hemorrhoids and even after increasing fluids and correcting the constipation, they did not go away. After a year of taking Lipitor my urine started feeling as if it was corrosive when it touched my skin and I developed a rash that I could not get rid of. About a month ago, I started to get muscle problems in my legs that made it difficult for me to get up from a sitting position. I have also been experience tremendous neck pain in my shoulders that was causing severe headaches. After two weeks off Lipitor my rash and the hemorrhoids are gone. The weakness in my legs seems to have diminished somewhat in the last day or so, making it easier to get up from a sitting position. My neck is still a problem and has not really improved but I am hoping that it will get better over time. F 56 18 months
12/4/2006
 2  elevated LDL Sudden, very severe urinary tract infections. It took me 8 years to figure out why I was getting these very sudden and very severe infections every 3 - 5 months. WHen I stopped taking Lipitor, the infections stopped, too. F 58 8 years
11/30/2006
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