LIPITOR Reviews

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 1  high cholesterol Weak muscles , fatigued , high pck level , high liver enzyme , leg cramps , flared up tendenitis. Doctor says unrelated to lipitor. he obviously has not seen this web site. It is poison for me. M 53 1 years
10/31/2006
 2  cholesterol levels Extreme fatigue, muscle aches, cramps, MEMORY problems, balance problems, cold toes and feet (with NO circulatory problems) cold hands, dry throat/hoarseness, slurred speech. Lipitor works, but for me it was at a terrible cost to my quality of life. At first, I had no problems. Problems began gradually and I never put it together until my GYN said "STOP taking Lipitor!" Over this time, I gradually began to feel like an old, old lady and I was taking medication for arthritis and being tested for sorgren's syndrome. I was also joking about developing alzheimers but was really terrified of my memory problems and slurred speech! My internest never suggested it could be the lipitor. I've been off 1 month and it's been like waking up from a bad dream. Every day has been better. I hope it continues!! I took CoQ10 along with it. NEVER Again!! F 58 3 years
10/24/2006
 1  High Cholesterol Took 10mg lipitor for 7 years had soreness of muscles for 4 years. Then started with excruciating pain and muscle cramps in lower back,then down left buttock, thigh,calf and ankle.Left foot has a numbness feeling to it,tingling in lower leg when walking,which I have to use a cane now. Also very fatiqued,buzzing in both ears, nausia, sleeplessness, gas and dark urine.All these side effect I have 24/7. I have asked my doctors more then once if any of my meds. could be causing me all this pain,3 different doctors said NO.They came up with,"Arthritis,Tendonitis,Sciatica,after being checked out for all these, they were wrong. I stopped taking Lipitor and Tricor about 6 weeks ago. F 63 7 years
10/20/2006
 1  high cholesterol OK for 4 years, then muscle cramps, spasms, weakness in legs and right hand progressed to atrophy. Foggy mental state, falling over,clumsiness,nightmares,dry mouth. Stopped taking Lipitor in April 2006 and rapidly improved, but a month later started going downhill again and have now been diagnosed with ALS. I am an unlikely candidate for MND. I know the Lipitor poisoned me. I wish I had stopped taking this poison before it caused permanent nerve damage. F 61 5 days
10/16/2006
 1  high cholestoral leg pain quit taking condition improved M 68 2 years
10/15/2006
 3  cholesterol Back pain, Lipitor seems to be involved In November of 2005 I was prescribed Lipitor for elevated cholesterol. Not really high, but high enough, dosage was only 20 mg per day. Within two months, I had developed wicked back pain, along with neuropathy and hypersensitivity that wrapped around my abdomen. We suspected the Lipitor was involved, so I went off it, since my numbers had gotten really low. I was effectively laid up for about six months. Since there was no immediate improvement, we surmised that Lipitor wasn't causing this. It's October 2006 now, and I'm starting to feel more like myself, still hurts but I can work around it. The cholesterol has crept up, so two weeks ago we started the Lipitor again, and within a few days I was paractically flat on my back again! So, I've stopped again. It's a bloody shame this is happening, as the drug was extremely effective in dropping that cholesterol. Too bad, we're going to have to try something else, I guess. M 48 60 days
10/4/2006
 1  cholesterol levels/type 2 diabetic Elevated CPK levels, muscle problems, felt bad I landed up having to have a muscle biopsy to the right leg which showed no muscle damage, but elevated CPK levels still were present. After stopping this drug, the levels returned to normal after 3 months F 48 3 days
9/27/2006
 2  High Cholesterol Heart attack Nov 2001,no surgery. Quit smoking,retired June 2002. Dec 2003,started 1/day 10 mg Lipitor after Zocor CRIPPLED me and Powder stuff did nothing. Best blood tests ever,low dosage,felt great! Dec 2006,started mild diarrhea,maybe once every three weeks for a day or so. Thought it was previous nites dinner. Became more frequent. Started taking surface streets to work,so I could find bathrooms. Had "2 step trots", if I could not get to the pot in two steps, it was in my pants! Could NOT HOLD IT! Lots of brown water. Got more "explosive". Just terrible. I'd get to work, then crap my pants walking across the parking lot. Was as often as every other day. Would crap on and off for 2,3,4 hours ! Started carrying big wad of toilet paper in my back pocket. April 2006, quit Lipitor. 5 days-regular bowel movements! Quit Lipitor! Tried Crestor, but had muscle ache/pain,not as bad as ZOCOR! On Aug 8-06 took 1,10 mg,Lipitor for 5 succesive days. Aug 12-06, practically b Worked great on my cholesterol. Diarrehea prevents continued use. M 63 3 years
9/24/2006
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 1  High Cholesterol Alopecia, nausea, vomiting, severe back and hip pain, depression, dark thoughts, overwhelming exhaustion and muscle fatigue, sleeplessness, facial paralysis, loss of quality of life. Have been on Lipitor for approx. 2 1/2 years. Within 5 months experienced alopecia, which I had never had before and excused as stress related. Nausea and vomiting began several months later, if taken within a 3-4 hours of eating. Then within a year of being on the medication, I experienced severe facial paralysis diagnosed as Bell's Palsey. Severe hip and back pain followed, along with depression, thoughts of suicide and paranoia. The overwhelming exhaustion that I felt every morning for over a year intensified. I have tried altering when I take Lipitor but it did not help with the nausea. I stopped taking the Lipitor 45 days ago after I began to experience hair loss again. I researched Lipitor in a pharmacy book and realized hair loss, along with most of my other ailments, were side effects. I started noticing improvement during the first 30 days. At 45 days, my facial paralysis is 99% gone, I wake rested, my back and hip pain are slowly improving and my overall mental wellbein F 58 2 days
9/11/2006
 1  High cholesterol I started taking Liptor as cholesterol was 494. After about 2 weeks I was extremely fatigued, headaches. After 2 months I started having leg cramps and very dark urine. Went in for 2 mo. blood test. Doctor took me off. Said it was compromising my liver. Had only taken my cholesterol down 30 points. I started walking & taking some phytomega vitamins & have dropped my cholesterol down. i have been taking statin drugs for 35 years. They all help some...but have gotten leg cramps with all & some hair loss with Mevacor. F 61 2 months
9/6/2006
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 4  cholesterol F 72 4 days
9/4/2006
 1  High cholesterol sever muscle weakness with nerve damage,memory loss,red spots all over my body,hair loss,slowed speach,aphasia brain not sending messages to my muscles,shufflihg gait,unable to get out of chairs without help Itook Lipitor for ten plus years 10mg then Dr. raised it to 20mg and about 2 weeks latter raised it to 40mg I took 4 pills and Icould not walk,get out of a chair, put my hand up to my mouth,ringing in my ears, sinus problems,I was told the pain in my back was galblader when I had it removed 20years befor. I ask my Dr. about my hairloss and spots on my body&was told [Your age]whenI lost my ability to walk very far I ask my pharmacist what drug if any would cause this she said stop the Lipitor and get to your Dr. a.s.a.p. I stopped the drug 5weeks ago and have been in physcle therapy for almost 5wks with some help but the weakness comes & goes from one side to the other& back again .I have aphasia intermittingly, My eyes get blury My brain is going on overload right now so I pray that someway some how this killer drug gets off the market befor any more trusting souls get simptoms of unsuspected side effects. After reading all the side effects and looking back on all my proble F 67 10 years
8/28/2006
 1  high cholesterol Debilitating muscle and joint pain, swelling of feet and hands, numbness and tingling in feet and hands, headaches, fatigue, blurred vision Stopped taking it 7 days ago but the pain + other symptoms are not getting any better (all except blurred vison, that went away after 3 days off Lipitor). I am scared of permanet damage. I really really hope it is reversible, because I can't walk or do anything with my hands. F 42 50 days
8/25/2006
 1  High Cholesterol No side effect for first 4 weeks, cholesterol down to 150 from 210, then unusual pain and weakness began in both legs, worse on left. Worse with exercise. Legs felt cramped and sore and weak, especially in calves and lower rear thigh muscles. I had been a regular and energetic walker, but I couldn't keep it up. My blood work showed mildly higher levels of whatever is watched for with this drug. The doctor left it up to me whether to continue, and I stopped taking it about 3 weeks ago. My leg pain seemed to improve after about a week but did not go away, and has now worsened again. I this drug should be used with far more caution! M 53 2 months
8/25/2006
 1  HIGH CHOLESTEROL AFTER 2 WEEKS, I HAD SUCH PAIN IN MY KNEES, I COULD NOT EVEN GET OUT OF A CHAIR OR WALK ACROSS THE ROOM. I STOPPED AND WAITED FOR A MONTH AND TRIED AGAIN; THE SAME EFFECT ONLY WITHIN 48 HOURS. I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH 3 OTHER STATIN DRUGS... AFTER SEEING SO MUCH ABOUT THIS DRUG IN PERIODICALS AND SUCH, I WILL JUST HAVE TO TAKE MY CHANCES ON HEALTHY DIET; MY CHOLESTEROL IS MOSTLY GENETIC SO I AM STUCK UNTIL THEY COME OUT WITH A DRUG THAT DOES NOT CAUSE JOINT PAIN....ZETIA ONLY HELPS WITH FOOD INDUCED CHOLESTEROL SO IS OF NO USE TO ME. AND I REFUSE TO TAKE A PILL TO COUNTERACAT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ANOTHER PILL. IT SEEMS THAT'S JUST WHAT THE FDA WANTS US TO DO. F 65 2 weeks
8/16/2006
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 2  cholesterol and triglycerides Stomach distress, gum trouble, muscle ache, eye trouble. I took the 10 milligram pills for almost fifteen years, experiencing stomach pains, abdominal bloating and other symptoms that I chalked off to a bad stomach. I had aches and stiffness in my hips and knees. When my doctor upped my dose to 40 mg, to treat aggressively a spike in my blood sugar, in three weeks I developed such severe stomach pain that I literally couldn't walk more than half a block without doubling over in agony. Unbelievable pain. Also, I was constipated, and I never am constipated. When I stopped takin it, the pains went away, including body aches and stiffness I had chalked up to aging. M 58 15 years
8/15/2006
 1  Cholesterol jump After taking lipitor for 1 week, my resting pulse jumped to between 100 and 105, and I started experiencing dizziness, lack of energy (tireness), and unexplained sweating. The doctor said these were not listed as known possible side effects. But after one (1) month my resting pulse had jumped to about 120 and the dizziness has become both more frequent and more pronounced. Have discontinued lipitor and will not take it for 1 month to see if symptoms disappear. Other symptoms which started occurring after a few days of lipiltor include sever leg muscle pain, swelling of the lower legs and feet, and even more sudden and pronounced sweating at random, unexplained times. My physical (6 days before starting the lipitor) was perfectly normal except for the cholestorol which had jumped from 175 to 220, primarily due to changed job/work conditions/diet/lack of exercise. Have appointment to see doctor again next week. And will discuss further with her. There has been some increase in jo I discussed lipitor with two friends who are both teaching pharmacologists. BOTH had heard similar stories about lipitor and they had each heard of all of these symptoms being connected with it (FWIW, I have a large number of hypersensitivities to several other drugs [as well as to alcohol], so this was not a big surprise to me.) M 58 38 days
8/15/2006
 1  high cholesterol Deafness, muscle pain, chronic rhinitus, upper respiratory infections, short term memory loss (really scary), tendonitis, fatigue, flatulance, stomach discomfort, abdominal cramps F 46
8/13/2006
 1  High Cholesterol Was on LIPITOR for 18 days. Developed sore legs, sore back, general tiredness and my head was foggy ... making it difficult to concentrate. At day 16, developed excruciating toothache (that moved from day to day). Gave up on day 18. At end of day 19, the toothache had gone. I would not recommend this drug to anyone. My father-in-law was on the same drug to defeat cholesterol and ended up in a wheelchair with symptoms of Parkison's disease. He died of a massive heart attack last year. M 49 18 days
8/6/2006
 3  yes blurr vision. slurpy speach, mussle spasm in the toes and leg and calves, tiredness. head aches, memory loss. thining hair, tingling and pinches in the fingers and skin My cholesteral drop from 11.5 to 4.1 Liptor did help to bring my cholesteral down. but after 1 year of using it i have been experciencing alot of side effects, At the beginning it was fine,but after 1 year the effect starts. i started off with 20mg and then lower it to 20mg F 44 1 days
8/4/2006
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