LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 2  High Cholestreol After 3 years, I have very painful muscle aches in the neck and back, pain in my knee, severe headaches (getting worse), pain in leg muscles. Interestingly, my new doc took me off lipitor a week ago. I thought I had a severe medical problem like fibromyalgia, brain tumor, etc. Within this week, a lot of my muscle pain has gone away. The tightening of neck muscles was causing headaches. I am now headache free!! Hope I continue to improve---will have to now address cholesterol as it worked wonders with that. F 52 3 years
6/3/2006
 1  HIGH cholesterol and LDL I have been on Lipitor 40mg. for 2 years...GREAT results. Went from 256 to 135 and LDL from 201 to 65...In the past 3 weeks, I have been experiancing TERRIBLE abdominal pain, shortness of breath, and EXTREME muscle pains..I'm a pharmacist, so I know all to well what these side effects are from...I've stopped taking it, but the effects are a slow go...I would NOT reccomend lipitor to anyone. F 33 2 years
6/3/2006
 1  High Colesterol Live damage of 80-90% as od 5-31-06. I'm in the hospital waiting a liver transplant after taking this drug for only 2 months. F 61 60 months
5/31/2006
 4  hypercholesterolemia Left shoulder pain and right hip and muscle pain over 3 weeks I'm a physician and initially figured the pain was sports related (although being right handed, I was suspicious about the unilateral left shoulder pain). I stuck it out for 3 weeks until I had a significant limp. Then stopped Lipitor 3 days ago and noticed a very significant mitigation of the pain - about 80% resolved already. The drug worked wonders on cholesterol (down 80 in 4 months), but I'll be starting an alternative shortly. M 45 4 months
5/30/2006
 1   had a heart-attack in Jan. 06 it will kill some people M 61 3 years
5/29/2006
 1  cholesterol I was a vibrant healthy woman until Easter Saturday, 2006. On Easter Sunday my ankles, feet, wrists, and knees seized up. I am now off Lipitor and I am assured that I will make a full recovery within six months. I shuffle when I walk and I am only just coping. I am not quite a vegetable, but not far off. I started using the drug in Sept. 2005. In October/November I noticed my hands were nowhere near as strong as they once were - thought it was old age. I also had a strange senistivity in the palms and soles of my feet, also in my scalp - it was uncomfortable blowing my hair dry. It was not a tingling, just a sensitivity. In November, I was running, and my feet felt like led - thought it was old age. In December, my ankles started aching - gee, am I getting old! In January, I started to go to the gym, and I think that this is where my problems really started. My already over-streesed muscles, over a short period of time, went into meltdown. This drug is a terrible, terrible drug and should not be prescribed for anyone. F 54 7 months
5/29/2006
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 5  Total cholesterol Always very fatigued and sleepy immediately after taking the drug almost like a sleeping pill causes. So I take it before going to sleep. Strange type food cravings e.g. rich fatty foods like cheese, peanut butter, mayo, eggs, and hot sauce or salt cravings too, and Iím not overweight or pregnant either. Periodic or sporadic lower abdominal cramping without the gas and thigh soreness. Works wonders on my bad cholesterol and tri's but now my good cholesterol is whacked, lowered. Ratio is also a lot better but the lowering of my good cholesterol has my doctor thinking I need yet another drug to bring good cholesterol back up. M 39 12 months
5/25/2006
 1  High Cholesterol Massive hair loss, extreme joint stiffness (esp in my right knee - it would just lock-up), heart palpitations, heavy depression, skin and eyes swollen and itching. I have taken it for a long time and only in the last year have these symptoms occurred - perhaps these are long-term usage effects. I don't know why this drug is even being allowed to be sold! F 70 7 years
5/21/2006
 1  high cholesterol took Lipitor for over a year with no negative effects, then gradually developed terrible joint pain, couldn't move shoulders, hips hurt, had to push out of chair like old person stopped taking it after almost 2 years; it really lowered cholesterol, but at cost of terrible joint pain, loss of sleep, shoulder and hip pain and loss of range of motion. Stopped, and pains lessened in one week; took months for it all to go away F 61
5/20/2006
 4   M 60 4 years
5/17/2006
 1  cholesterol On the third day taking just 5mg, stomach cramps and loose stools set in. Gas, bloating and fatigue followed. Just wanted to sleep. Couldn't exercise or eat. Started using anti-acids for the first time in 15 years. Three weeks after quitting the drug, the symptoms persist. I am 41, male, taking no meds (except 72 hours of Lipitor), with no history of smoking, diabetes, etc. This drug (or class of drugs) is potentially very nasty. M 41 3 days
5/17/2006
 3  cholesterol 250+ Bloating - GI difficulties, added weight, weakened muscle noticed in arms but not legs Prescribed 20 mg Lipitor for cholesterol. Took liver test (ok I guess - no response from doctor). Took 25 days and decided otherwise. Will go back to herbal and vitamin sources. Don't trust side effects especially memory difficulties and muscle-joint degeneration that some researchers say. M 56 25 days
5/15/2006
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 3  Diabetes/prevention Pectoral chest pain- stabbing sharp pains, increasing in frequency as time passed. My cholesterol was already great at 140 with triglicerides good too. Doctor wanted me to start this medication, 5mg/day, along with Mavik 1mg for blood pressure (mine was already averaging 106/70)to prevent arterial damage due to my type 2 diabetes. My total cholesterol was lowered to 128 and triglicerides to 56 after a year with a 2.something ratio. Heart disease runs in my mother's side of the family and bp problems and the diabetes in my dad's side. I have been on this dose for 1 year and noticed pains beginning after several months and the pains are getting more frequent and noticible. I am off the drug for a self trial period to see if the pains diminish. I am going to see the physician in a week and am going to mention the pains so I am curious as to her opinion. Also a note, I am still fertile and should not be prescribed this drug due to unkown pregnancy side effects- interesting that it was prescribed to me anyway. Doctor told me to go off of it if I wanted to get pregnant b F 43 1 years
5/12/2006
 5  Cholesterol None that I am aware of. Used other cholesterol medication and lifestyle changes, but cholesterol did not reach normal levels until I was put on Lipitor M 44 2 years
5/11/2006
 3  high cholesterol & triglycerides heaviness in the legs, foot and leg cramps at night and even long muscles beside spine, those are the worst. rashes on forearms from sun sensitivity, scarred from itching and scabs (was taking St John's Wort for depression which also causes sun sensitivity, bad combination) cannot take at night or I'm up all night in bathroom. Less side effects from Lipitor than any other statin drug I've tried. Pravachol pushed cholesterol out my skin in boils. Lopids made me feel like I was coming down with the flu constantly, low grade fever and just felt sick all the time. Lipitor keeps me from getting sick, 3-4 days off of them and I'm up all night sick. F 51 11 years
5/11/2006
 1  High Cholestorol Where to begin? Overall fatigue. Now get a lot of sinus colds(major pressure pain). Also used to be able to walk 3 miles easily. Now cant walk 50 ft without feeling like I am having a heart attack. Nausea. I was on Lipitor of a total of 3 weeks before I had my first chest pain walking to car. Now a month off the drug I still have the pain. M 35 3 weeks
5/11/2006
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 1  told to Depression,muscle pain,night sweats,lack of concentration,SUPER dry skin...bla,bla,bla... all the bad stuff you have read so far. Here is my stupid joke when talking to my friends... Yeah I have ALS, MS, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia and one more thing, aaaa aaaaa what's it called? Oh yeah, Hyprochondria! I have been off it for 8 weeks and still hurt. I cant believe how many people have felt the same way and thought the same things I did! This is POSION, POSION I tell you! Stupid doctor says learn to deal with pain... That is just unacceptable! I have been on and off all the statins for about 3 years, off forever now that I know I don't really have some terrible disease! M 47
5/6/2006
 1  told to Depression,muscle pain,night sweats,lack of concentration,SUPER dry skin...bla,bla,bla... all the bad stuff you have read so far. Here is my stupid joke when talking to my friends... Yeah I have ALS, MS, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia and one more thing, aaaa aaaaa what's it called? Oh yeah, Hyprochondria! I have been off it for 8 weeks and still hurt. I cant believe how many people have felt the same way and thought the same things I did! This is POSION, POSION I tell you! Stupid doctor says learn to deal with pain... That is just unacceptable! I have been on and off all the statins for about 3 years, off forever now that I know I don't really have some terrible disease! M 47
5/6/2006
 1  high cholesterol tinnitus F 52 24 days
5/6/2006
 4  High Cholesterol Muscle Pain,esp calve muscles, knee pain, neck pain, dizziness? vagueness, dry eyes. Works well at lowering cholesterol, BUT, at the expense of muscle pain, & general degradation. M 57 6 months
5/3/2006
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