LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 1  high cholesterol 51 yr old female. After 2 1/2 years on it (10 mg/day) I developed serious muscle pain and restlessness in my legs which made it almost impossible to sleep. Also, hot/cold fever-like sensations in the skin, but no fever. Constant sleepiness. I thought I had developed chronic fatigue syndrome and restless leg syndrome until I looked on the internet for Lipitor side effects. I am just glad I stopped taking it before permanent damage was done. Yes, it did a great job lowering my cholesterol, but the side effects are very dangerous and I would think long and hard before taking any statin. I would guess that many of our elderly relatives who seem to have cognitive impairments are really suffering from statin side effects. The drug companies have certainly done a number on the American public. F 51 2 years
8/3/2006
 1  Diabetes with elevated LDL Aching over my entire body, extreme fatigue, stiffness when getting up in the morning or getting up after being off my feet for awhile. Doctors make me feel like I am crazy. Also had severe depression. Have taken 2-3 different statins. Like others who have written in, I have felt as though I am 100 yrs. old. There is a wonderful website Spacedoc.net with much information on the statins, and he has published a book as well on the serious side effects of the statins. F 57 3 years
7/19/2006
 3  high cholesterol none ldl is still too high. Dr. has added zetia and I will switch to vytorin in August and have the blood work in October so see if its working. Heart attack in 1991 and quadruple bypass in 2002. Started with 10mg in 2001 and increased to 40mg after the bypass surgery. F 64 4 years
7/14/2006
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 1  To raise my Low HDL (GOOD)/B -150 I've not started the drug, but it was perscribed to me by my DR. for having low HDL (good). I've talked to a lot of people and researched this drug and I've found nothing GOOD about it. I am going to try alternative (herbal) medications to rise my good HDL levles. Afraid of side effects and I don't want to jepordize my health by adding a drug to my system that can harm me! F 31 0 days
7/2/2006
 1  high cholesterol Took 10mg lipitor for approximately one year. Experienced lethargy, tingling in arms, trouble sleeping, irritability, anxiety, mild depression. Finally went off all statins when I experienced a particularly bad reaction when the doctor, with a gleam in his eye, recommended combining lipitor with Zetia. The results were so bad in terms of side-effects that I ceased all statins and discontinued the Zetia in short order. I now take no statins, no Zetia. Individually they have their own problems; combined they are extremely dangerous and, in my opinion, should be banned as a combination therapy. Probably safe in short doses, a very bad candidate for long-term use unless closely monitored and used in lowest possible safe doseage. Would warn other patients to NOT COMBINE LIPITOR OR OTHER STATIN WITH Zetia, a common tactic that you will most likely regret. Let the pharmaceutical reps take the meds they peddle and get them off the street, instead of handing out free clocks, watches, and vacations to cowboy-style doctors who are little less than drug-pushers. M 54 1 years
6/28/2006
 1  high cholesterol Took 10mg lipitor for approximately one year. Experienced lethargy, tingling in arms, trouble sleeping, irritability, anxiety, mild depression. Finally went off all statins when I experienced a particularly bad reaction when the doctor, with a gleam in his eye, recommended combining lipitor with Zetia. The results were so bad in terms of side-effects that I ceased all statins and discontinued the Zetia in short order. I now take no statins, no Zetia. Individually they have their own problems; combined they are extremely dangerous and, in my opinion, should be banned as a combination therapy. Probably safe in short doses, a very bad candidate for long-term use unless closely monitored and used in lowest possible safe doseage. Would warn other patients to NOT COMBINE LIPITOR OR OTHER STATIN WITH Zetia, a common tactic that you will most likely regret. Let the pharmaceutical reps take the meds they peddle and get them off the street, instead of handing out free clocks, watches, and vacations to cowboy-style doctors who are little less than drug-pushers. M 54 1 years
6/28/2006
 4  High Cholesterol I experienced tighening of the chest and leg cramps. I really didn't have a bad reaction to this Medicatiion. I would take this medicine over Niaspan anyday! M 27 3 months
6/26/2006
 2  high cholesterol Experiencing fatigue, lightheaded and weakness. Hip, back and leg pain. Along with a tennis elbow type pain that runs down into my hand. I also have neurally mediated hypotension and since I have been taking lipitor I have had recurring fainting spells. F 44 3 weeks
6/26/2006
 1  Borderline high cholesterol It made me extremely hyper, I could not do things fast enough. My doctor had me try it although my cholesterol level was only 205. I told her about my misgivings but she thought I would do ok on it. I even questioned her about the liver damage it can cause but she said it hardly ever happens. In less than two weeks I was so hyperactive I thought I was going crazy. I worked overnight at my job and I was trying to do things so fast that I would frustrate myself. My brain also felt like it was kicked into high gear as if I was on constant alert for something. I stopped taking Lipitor after two weeks and told my doctor. She said if it was the Lipitor she had never heard of that happening to anyone before and recommended I continue its' use. I stopped and now refuse to use it. At my last physical she said she was happy that I was so healthy. I exercise 5-7 days a week, lots of biking and running. EKG perfect, tri's were perfect, blood sugar perfect, etc. My blood pressure is constantly around 106/72. My cholesterol was 212 so she tried to pu M 49 2 weeks
6/16/2006
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 1  High Cholesterol My mother started taking 40 mg. of Lipitor 3 months ago. During the first month she complained about her head hurting. She began getting very confused. She was always exhausted, falling asleep all the time. Complained about her legs always feeling like lead. Within the last six weeks, her physical health has deteriorated to the point of her being confined to a wheelchair, in constant pain with her shoulders, knees, and a feeling like her whole body hurts. She shakes as if she has Parkinsons. If I had not seen the news recently about the two men suing Pfizer over what Lipitor had done to their lives, I wouldn't have even thought about that being the cause. Finding this website confirmed it. I have taken her off the Lipitor, and am hoping that alot of her pain and fatigue and muscle problems will start to get better, although it scares me that alot of people are saying they haven't improved. I wish I had know about this a week after she started with the symptoms...I would NEVER recommend this drug to anyone! It has ruined whatever years my mother had left to enjoy life - she was very active for her age - now she's in a wheelchair. F 84 3 months
6/15/2006
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 4  High Cholesterol Developed higher levels of muscular aches and pains including joint discomfort all over the body with a stronger concentration in legs, ankles and feet also a heaviness. Constant feeling of fatigue. Struggling with minimal weight gain, up and down. Some depression but could be related to onset of menopause. Some frequent upper abdominal discomfort. Intitally was placed on Crestor in conjunction with excercise and lifestyle change and developed severe polyathralgia in ankles and leg joints, to the point of not being able to walk and no significant reduction in cholesterol. Stopped cholesterol lowering drugs for one year under Dr's recommendation, with excercise and lifestyle change warranting no positive results. Taking Lipitor at present and have been for six months with significant positive results after three months, also in conjunction with excercise and lifestyle change. Dr. and I have agreed to continue use of Lipitor unless symptoms worsen, will discuss other options at that junction. Quite satisfied with Lipitors ability to lower my cholesterol. Discourage with the side effects as they have seemed to have worsen. Family history of Heart desease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, all of which I have not inherited so far, thank G-d. So for now I stay on Lipitor with the hope that my symptoms will disapear. My Cholesterol is F 54 6 months
6/14/2006
 3  To reduce cholesterol I used to take Provachol (sp?)but I found it caused extreme bloating. It also seem to increase my heart rate therefore could not sleep well. I requested to take Lipitor (10mg). I have been taking it for about three months now. I will go for a blood test within a few days so we'll see how good it did its job. As far as side effects are concerned, I find that Lipitor also causes bloating and a great deal of gas build up although not as badly as my previous medication. I'm finding it difficult to fit into my clothes due to the bloating. I also find that it makes me a bit drowsy, almost like a sleeping pill. I therefore take it at bedtime but my sleep is not very sound and therefore not refreshing. I developed a pain that seems to originate at the base of my neck, travel down to my shoulder blades and then run to my shoulders, elbow and wrist. I first attributed this to work stress because I do a great deal of computer work....I thought perhaps that I was getting tendonitis looking at th I have begun to take charge of fighting back against the side effects and have been taking multivitamins, B complex, CoQ10, and GasX for bloating. I can honestly say that today is the first day in months that I have felt really well...very little gas, almost no pain. I'll keep tabs on this and will report back on my ldh levels.My father used to take this drug and he also experienced bloating and gas. He took Tums to alliviate stomach upsets and also cut his Lipitor dose in half. M 50 3 months
6/14/2006
 3  high cholesterol I have been on Lipitor for over a year and it did lower my cholesterol from 299 to 220, but I, too, have been having side effects, I guess now, that might be attributed to Lipitor. I have this weird dizzy/vertigo/un-balanced-type feeling sometimes. It is a feeling like I need to hold on to something, in order to make my walk across a large area, like an airport. (I fly alot, so I walk throught a lot of airports.) I also have a lot of problems with frequent bowel movements. I also have arthritic knees, hands that are numb and tingling at times. I think since being on this drug, my arms are always falling asleep while I'm sleeping. I don't know whether all this is related to being on Lipitor, but after reading some of this posts on this site, it is beginning to make me wonder! M 38 1.5 years
6/14/2006
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 1   STATIN DRUG DAMAGE CLAIM Last week two personal injury lawsuits were filed against Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of the cholesterol-lowering drug, Lipitor. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060608/nyth079a.html?.v=2 If you have taken Lipitor or any other cholesterol-lowering drug (statin), believe that you suffered serious side effects as a result and feel that you were not informed adequately about these risks, please respond promptly with the following information: First name: Last name: Street address: City: State: Zip Code: Country: E-mail: Telephone Day / Evening: Age: Male / Female: Name of statin used: ( Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Mevacor, Pravachol, Lescol or Vytorin) Date statin started: Date symptoms began: Date statin stopped: Describe any changes in the type of statin taken: Brief description of your symptoms (fifty words or less): Were your symptoms primarily memory loss/confusion, muscle aches and pain, loss of ne
6/14/2006
 1  Cholesterol Fuzzy thinking, blurred vision, muscle/foot pain DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICATION. Look for natural remedies instead such as Red Yeast Rice supplements and eating healthier. Doctors should tell us about all the natural things to try first before turning to big drug companies! The drugs will kill you quicker than the original problem if you're not careful! F 39 1 months
6/11/2006
 4  high cholesterol I'm not sure if this is related to the lipitor, but shortly after I started taking it, I exprienced complete paralysis in my forehead (peripheral neuropathy). Went to a neurologist,GP and ENT, none of whom have ever seen this kind of paralysis (both sides) with no other symptoms. Has any one else come across this symptom? I"m tempted to go off the medicine to see if the paralysis goes away. It really lowered my cholestrol a lot, so I hope this problem isn;t related. F 44 4 months
6/9/2006
 4  high cholesterol I'm not sure if this is related to the lipitor, but shortly after I started taking it, I exprienced complete paralysis in my forehead (peripheral neuropathy). Went to a neurologist,GP and ENT, none of whom have ever seen this kind of paralysis (both sides) with no other symptoms. Has any one else come across this symptom? I"m tempted to go off the medicine to see if the paralysis goes away. It really lowered my cholestrol a lot, so I hope this problem isn;t related. F 44 4 months
6/9/2006
 1  high cholesterol Tiredness, both physical and mental. Brain fog. Progressively got worse over course of treatment. When I started taking it, no immediate side effects. I'd assumed that the tiredness was just one of those things that happens with age, like needing reading glasses, or joints aching in the cold. Discovered otherwise when I left my Lipitor at a friend's house, asked her to post it back to me. By the time it arrived a few days later I was feeling better than I had for months. Had previously been on Pravastatin, my doc switched me because cholesterol was still too high, but it didn't have these side-effects either. Will ask about whether any point in switching back but won't take Lipitor again. Frankly prefer quality of life to quantity! M 50 3 months
6/7/2006
 5  High cholesterol For the most part, no side effects. Some gas early on, which has subsided. I do have some weight around the middle which I wasn't noticing so much before, but this may be due to fact I'm now in my early 40's. I've started exercising/dieting more and lost 15 pounds in last month, but not around the middle much. Some darkness in urine, but I think it's due to not enough fluids. Nonetheless, I'm very happy with the drug. Went from 341 to 220 using 20mgs despite the fact I wasn't dieting as much as I should have been. Now on 40mg but am eating more healthy and will have blood checked soon. Am hoping to go back to 20mg, though I have not seen any difference symptom-wise between 20 and 40. I lost an older brother to a heart attack last year and everyone at the funeral said he had STOPPED taking his Lipitor! I won't make same mistake. M 43 18 months
6/4/2006
 2  Bad family history Severe pain in right heel and related tendons. Muscle cramping in left lower leg. Took 10 mg daily for four months, then finally had to stop due to inablity to walk down stairs due to the pain (I am 41, and run a 5k every day, so this should not be the case). Under doctor's orders am to wait for full muscle recovery, then try again at 1/2 dosage... if pain returns I will have to seek other alternatives besides Lipitor. The drug did knock my cholesteral down by 55%, so I have motivation to try and make it work. M 41 4 months
6/4/2006
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