LIPITOR Reviews

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 2  High Cholesterol Very sore and achy joints, especially ankles and knees. Mild headache that rarely goes away. Feel foggy like in a slight daze. Many muscle cramps in legs and left arm. Muscle spasms all the time especially right leg constantly feels like a buzzing sensation all over it. The spasms rarely go away as muscles are constantly quivering - more at night time. Makes me restless at night and hard to sleep. I have only been on Lipitor for 3 weeks so I don't know how it has worked on my cholesterol but the muscle cramps,spasms, and joint pain are soon going to force me from taking the drug. M 39 21 days
11/29/2006
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 1  High Cholesterol Weak legs, lack of concentration, slurred speach, loss of balance and loss of short term memory. I spent 2 days in the hospital because I could'nt talk without slurring my words, I could'nt concentrate and could'nt walk more than a few minutes without feeling weak. I have been off Lipitor for 2 months now and still get sore and weak legs and can barely remember anything that has happened recently :(. If you are over 50 it is better to have high cholesterol than too low!! Check this site for more Lipitor horror stories. newmediaexplorer.org /sepp/2004/01/31/lipitor_the_human_cost.htm M 52 6 weeks
11/29/2006
 1  Reduce cholesterol after a heart at Initially minor muscle pain but thought it was due to my working out. After two years of use - SEVERE muscle pain in sholder and hip joints - random fluish feeling (minor muscle achs all over)- random low energy. Within two weeks of this sudden increase in pain, I was waking me up at night in pain. Pain immediately declined within a few days of stopping lipitor. Won't touch it. I don't know how long it will take for my muscles to heal now. M 48 2 times
11/27/2006
 1  high cloresterol fatigue and extremely high sleep requirement,pain and loss of support in calf musells, unable to walk,vertigo like attacks at night while in bed, loss of any sex drive(not complaining),ability to think ahead improving, add on to 11/8/2006 report, been off lipitor for about 27 days sleep requirement went from 14 hrs to 8 ,still some fatique leg support weak but able to walk general mussel weakness persists with mild improvement,vertigo decreased no attacks balance not as good as it use to be, hope some more of my energy returns, exercise sessions indicate a recovery to 29% from 5% relating to pre attack exercise levels M 73 4 years
11/23/2006
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 4  Familial Hypercholestemia I took it for about 8 years, starting at age 25, with no side effects (at least, nothing I attributed to the Lipitor). Went off on a couple occasions to have a baby then right back on. After 8 years, suddenly started having severe weaknesses in my legs, specifically thigh muscles felt like I had been trying to run marathons with no exertion. Went off Lipitor and pain went away. Now I'm on Crestor and just started having even worse side effects :o( This medication DID help lower my cholesterol, I was close to 300 when I started it (and I did eat healthy and exercise moderately at the time, it's hereditary for me)...and I was taking 40 mg. to get my cholesterol down around 200. My mother has taken it for even longer at max dose (80 mg) and has had no side effects she attributes to the medication. The bottom line is, listen and pay attention to your body...everyone's body is different and some people can't take the same thing! My brother also tried Lipitor and he couldn't tolerate it, it made him fall asleep! F 34 8 years
11/22/2006
 5  cholesterol control none M 8 years
11/19/2006
 4  lower cholesterol Not sure--I'm taking several medications so I don't know if the others may cause some minor side effects. 10 mg dosage lowered cholesterol from 170 to 31 from July to Nov 06! I did change my diet also from almost no beef to almost entirely chicken and avoided butters/margerines. I am now on 5mg dosage and niaspan to raise HDL. M 47 4 months
11/19/2006
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 1  high cholesterol involuntary movements,muscles aches specially in back of legs, muscle weakness,, knee pain, neck pain,headaches,concentrating, blurred vision,back pain,difficulty to walk,I stop it since 10 days but i don t fell better do u know how long it take to be better? and what is possible to do? hope to have answer 8 mois lipitor 40 mg M 43 8 months
11/19/2006
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 5  Familial hypercholesterolaemia Some added gas/wind, otherwise I put down the extra tiredness due to my age of 57; I know I'm not 21 anymore! Common sense here folks please; accept that everyone's different and drugs will affect us differently; put any chemical down your throat and you've got to accept that there could be consequences, sometimes not so good, sometimes awful - and sometimes blinkin' marvellous. Don't preach to others that this (or any other) is an evil drug; go slowly and carefully and get a second opinion if desired. Here are my experiences of taking Lipitor and Zocor statins over ~NEARLY 30 YEARS~! This length of time on statins has probably never even been logged before over such a long time. Thankfully statins have done me a POWER OF GOOD so far. High cholesterol is in my genes; it killed my dad died at age 58 when I was just 14. I'm now 57 (male) and hope to go on a bit longer :o)

Note: I live in the UK and Europe has a different cholesterol measurement system of mmol/litre versus the USA system of mg/decilitre. Conversion rate: mmol/L x 38.5 = mg/dL. According to my 'GP' (Dr), th
M 57 8 years
11/15/2006
 5   Some added gas/wind... (Contíd Ė Pt.4) , but don't cut your life short by raging against a drug that may be saving/extending lives of thousands like me. M 57 8 years
11/15/2006
 5   Some addedd gas/wind.... (Cont'd - Pt.2) According to my 'GP' (Dr), the UK male 'desireable target' is 5.1 mmol/litre or 196 mg/decilitre. Docs now actually like you to be lower than that if possible.

In 1977 (at age 28) with a 'count' of 10mmol/L (385mg/dL), a VERY careful low-chol. diet made virtually NO difference to my count. So I went onto Zocor (new-ish then) and remained on it for 21 years, finally on a dose of 40mg/day with no real side effects - it lowered my count to 5.6mmol/L.

As my count started to rise again to 7.8 in 1997 (at age 48), I switched to Lipitor, starting with 20mg/day and then 40mg/day which dropped my count A LOT to just 5.1mmol/L and with an HDL 'good cholesterol' count of 1.6. After a 3-week holiday without pills, my count rose to 10.4, so I went back onto 40mg/day of Lipitor - but my count was still only 6.7, so I put myself onto 80mg/day Lipitor and my count went down to 5.5 - this is the highest dose recommended. Iíve been on this
M 57 8 years
11/15/2006
 5   Some added gas/wind... (Contíd Ė Pt.3) Iíve been on 80mg/day dose for one year+. I was more 'windy' but this seems to have subsided. I have no other side effects, but some fatique (Iím 57).

I EAT ~NORMALLY~ folks! I eat a balanced diet - no sugar, butter or cream, rarely coffee, but gallons of English tea with skimmed milk - I do eat margarine, red meat (cut the fat off) 2-3 times per week, and some cheese. I drink maybe an average of 21 units of alcohol weekly (ale, red wine). I rarely exercise, am 5ft 11inches and weigh 12 stone 10lbs (or 178 lbs).

I suggest getting your liver function test done with your cholesterol test every 6 months. Dr's are not Gods and they don't know everything - some don't know much at all - talk to the experts Ė cardiologists and heart consultants!!! Take everything with a pinch of salt; be healthily sceptical; go slowly and be wary, but don't cut your life short by raging against a drug that may be saving/e
M 57 8 years
11/15/2006
 3  high cholesterol Makes me very tired M 46 2 years
11/15/2006
 1  High Chloresterol My chloresterol was 220 and my physician prescribed Lipitor. I took the medication for 3 weeks before I stopped. My left side, especially my shoulder and arm, are so sore and it's been a year since I stopped taking it. I'm concerned I have some kind of permanent damage to my muscles. I have no strength in my left arm and have a painful time lifting my own arm above my head and holding a hair dryer is a major task. My left hip hurts and I can no longer sit crosslegged on the floor. I am very limber but I cannot sit that way anymore and cannot get up from sitting on floor without a struggle. I wondered, at first, if I had some kind of mild stroke but found this website and realized I was right, it was the Lipitor. I lowered my chloresterol by eating a bowl of oatmeal at night, for me, just changing my diet was the trick. F 43 3 weeks
11/15/2006
 4  Elevated cholesterol My hair is getting very thin, after being on cholesterol lowering drugs for 20 yrs. Lipitor, for the last 8 yrs. Didn't know this was a side effect.Do all cholesterol lowering drugs cause hair loss? F 70 9 days
11/14/2006
 1  High Cholesterol sleeplessness, peripheral neuropathy (tingling, numbness), bizarre muscular sensations, rash, itch Effective at lowering cholesterol, but not without side effects. Do your research. Inform your GP as soon as you experience anything strange. This class of medication was most likely produced by a marketing department, rather than sound scientific study. M 39 8 months
11/13/2006
 2  high cholesterol insomnia, muscle aches It's 1:00am, taking 10 mg, haven't slept in over a week. Plan to stop taking Lipitor tomorrow. It did lower my cholesterol tho. F 42 8 months
11/12/2006
 1  high cholesterol Developed severn calf cramps after a couple of weeks on Lipitor where I could bearly walk and after talking to a friend he told me he was prescribed Lipitor and had developed leg cramps and his doctor switched drugs. Before taking Lipitor I never have leg cramps. I then called my doctor and told him about my leg cramps and told me to stop taking the Lipitor and he was going to prescribe another drug. After one week off the drug I still have severn leg cramps and went in for another doctors visit and he said he didn't thiink it was a Lipitor side effect because the cramps were localized and felt maybe the cramps were caused by a muscle enemze. He drew blood and is running tests. About the same time I got the leg cramps my right knee swelled up so I saw another doctor and I don't know if the knee and leg cramps are related side effects. Anyway I asked the second doctor about Liptior side effects re.leg cramps and he felt that the side effect could be localized and that the cramps could After learning about the side effects of Liptior and talking to several people who have been prescribed Lipitor all had some kind of side effects. M 43 2 months
11/11/2006
 1  TO LOWER CLORESTEROL GRADUAL BUT SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN SLEEP REQUIREMENT AND ENERGY LOSS,LOSS OF CALF SUPPORT IN LEGS,VERTIGO LIKE EPISODES,COMPLAINTS TO DOCTORS WERE TO NO AVAIL, CONVINCED ME IN ERROR AFTER GOING OFF THAT GARBAGE WITH IN TEN DAYS SLEEP REQMT WENT FR 12 TO 7 HOURS, ENERGY LEVEL INCREASED DRAMATICALLY, LEG PAIN WENT AWAY, STRENGTH IS RETURNING, VERTIGO LIKE SYMPTONS DECREASING, LOOKING TO JOIN CLASS ACTION SUITE M 73 4 years
11/8/2006
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 5  High Cholesterol Wow, So Im not CRAZY after all! My Dr. can't seem to find out why My feet hurt in the morning and unexplained Joint Pain, I get even after just sitting for an hour watching TV in the evening. Man I get up and I can hardly walk. Stiffness in my feet, and Leg Joint. DR. has done X-Ray and everything. Im think he is thinking it is in my head all this pain. Now when I So called sleep at night I have been noticing I get numbness in my hands, and it isnt due to me lying on my arms or anything, and my Lt Wrist joint, where my thumb is attached, is dislocating or it painfully sticks. And I have to painfully put it back in. Im going to show this website to my GP! F 44 1 years
11/1/2006
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