LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 3  High Cholesterol I have Rhuematoid Arthritis for 35 yrs and have been on many arthritis meds. I currently am on Relefen for inflamation, Prednisone 5mg, every other day and Enbrel injections once a week. I have no problems from these drugs. Eight mos. ago another doctor put me on Lipitor 10mg daily because my chol was 240. Over a period of 6 mos., it went down to 159, which was great, BUT I started having terrible aching pain in my arms about that time which was radiating down my arms from my shoulder to my hands and I could not sleep well at all. I lost all the strength in my muscles and was fatigued all the time. I was blaming my arthritis for my pain for months and months. I started taking extra Relefen and Prednisone which helped only temporarly. I could hardly lift a glass of milk without using both hands, I was so weak in my arms and hands. One day it just hit me...."Maybe it's the Lipitor". It was the newest drug I was taking. So, I just quit taking it and within 3 days my arm I suggest anyone who develops a bad symption within a week or month of going on Lipitor, or any other statin drug, quit taking it and call your doctor. There are some important reasons why some people HAVE to be on a statin in some cases. F 69 8 months
5/3/2006
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 1  HIGH CHOLESTEROL DIZZY, BALANCE, HIGHER BLOOD SUGARS, CARPAL TUNNAL, CRAMPS, JOINT PAIN, MEMORY LOSS, KIDNEY PROBLEMS I STARTED ON ZOCOR AND CHANGED TO LIPITOR AFTER 1 YEAR BECAUSE OF BALANCE PROBLEMS. AFTER A COUPLE OF YEARS I BEGAN TO EXPERIENCE BALANCE PROBLEMS AND JOINT PAIN, BUT THE DOCTOR DID NOT THINK THAT LIPITOR WAS CAUSING THE PROBLEMS. BECAUSE OF HEART DISEASE THE DOCTOR WANTED MY CHOLESTEROL DOWN TO 150 IT WAS AROUND 200. HE PRESCRIBED 40 MG OF LIPITOR FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND EVENTUALLY ADDED GEMFIBROSIL, AND NIACIN BECAUSE OF HIGH TRIGLYCERIDES. AFTER A YEAR OF TAKING THESE DRUGS, MY TYPE II DIABETES BECAME UNCONTROLLED AND MY KIDNEY READINGS BECAME BAD. I WAS THEN PUT ON INSULIN. I BEGAN TO DEVELOP JOINT PAIN AND NEUROPATHY. THE PAIN IN MY HANDS BECAME SO BAD THAT I HAD TO HAVE CARPAL TUNNAL SURGERY. I COULD NOT WALK WITHOUT FALLING. I FINALLY BECAME SO DEBILITATED THAT I HAD TO RETIRE EARLY. THE DOCTORS TOOK ME OFF THE LIPITOR AFTER THE KIDNEY READINGS BECAME SO HIGH. HOWEVER THEY DID TRY TO PUT ME BACK ON THEM SEVERAL TIMES. I HAVE BEEN OFF STATIN DRUGS FOR FOUR YEARS AND I HAV M 66 6 years
5/3/2006
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 5  high cholesterol NONE at all. NONE. Seems to be more effective than Zocor at lower dosage. M 40 2 years
4/28/2006
 1  CPK elevated CPK in the 250 range. I have been of Lipitor of 15 months and my CPK is still elevated. Three doctors have agreed that it is/was caused by lipitor. Does anyone have info????? M 59 3 years
4/26/2006
 2  high cholesterol Severe muscle pain. Severe knee and back pain. Several doctors suggested knee surgery. I went off Lipitor and knees are fine, muscle pain dissapeared. I tried it again because my doctor insisted the drug did not cause the problem since my liver lab tests were good. Tried a second time, severe pain came back within one week. lowered my cholesterol miraculously. I'd rather have a heart attack than live with such pain. F 41 2 years
4/25/2006
 3  High Cholesterol I am 43 years old and have been taking Lipitor for a year and a half. I am having horrible aching in my fingers, knees, hips & toes. Went to my yearly exam this week and blood test reveals arthritis. No family history of arthritis, has to be the Lipitor The drug did bring my cholesterol down over 100 points - but is it worth having arthritis to achieve that? F 43 1 years
4/19/2006
 1  cholesterol reading of 265 extreme muscle and joint pain; extreme fatigue; muscle stiffness; tingling in feet, hands, and finally legs and arms as well; inability to walk any distance---felt like 90-year-old; contact pain where weight presses against things--bottom of feet, back of legs against a chair etc. I complained to my doctor after just 3 weeks of 5 mg./day about muscle and joint pains. (I stopped the Lipitor myself after reading the label warnings. The pain stopped within days.) He checked the CK reading, which came back negeative. I used to work out at a gym for one hour twice a week, and he suggested that I was getting older and the workouts might be too extreme. I went back to taking the Lipitor and began cutting back on my exercise. After 6 months, in agony, I went for more blood work--everything was negative. After 9 months I stopped the Lipitor myself, but by then I was a mess: couldn't walk, couldn't lift my arms, horrible neck and muscle pain, horrible pain in every tendon in my body, particularly the Achilles tendon and those on the back of the head. My family doctor was at a loss. I went to a NY neurologist, then to a neuromuscular doctor who said it sounded like Lipitor, even though I had been off the Lipitor for almost 6 months.He suggested coenzymeQ10, 600 mg per day F 57 9 months
4/17/2006
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 1  High cholesterol Cognitive disfunction, neuropathy in my legs and hands, tinnitis, difficulty with speech, neck pain, extreme fatigue, muscle weakness and difficulty walking. I consider this to be an extremely dangerous drug. I can only hope that some day I will ever be able to lead a normal life again. F 45 2 years
4/13/2006
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 3  Angina Bad muscle pains in legs and constant tiredness. Changed to Zocor and things seem better. New discussion forum at http://angina.myfreeforum.org/ to discuss all issues related to this subject. M 53 4 months
3/28/2006
 1  high cholesterol Constant heel pain, Possible cause of ulcerative colitis, but have no proof of this, and gastro/ent. DR. states Lipitor not likely cause, I believe otherwise. was on 10mg for 6 months,increased to 40mg for 6 months,reduced back to 10mg (because high CPK level)for rest of time taking med.Did not associate foot pain or colitis with statin until reading of others with similar problems. WILL NOT TAKE LIPITOR (OR ANY OTHER STATIN) ANYMORE!! M 46 2 years
3/27/2006
 2  high cholesterol After taking Lipitor for several months, and gradually incrasing my dose to 40mg, I started to get EXTREMELY fatigued. I had to take a nap every day for 2 - 3 hours. After discontinuing the medicine, my energy levels bounced back to normal. It really helped lower my cholesterol, but have to wonder what it was doing to me to make me so tired. M 18 months
3/16/2006
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 3  High Cholesterol Joint and muscle pain; leg and foot cramping F 56 1 years
3/12/2006
 4  High cholesterol Terrible, terrible, terrible charley horses in feet, calves, abdomen, breasts, shoulders and sides. Although my cholesterol was lowered rapidly, I have been taking 10mgs for about 5 year. I am so glad I hit upon this site because my doc hasn't paid any attention to my complaints of "charley horses" in my feet, legs, abdomen, breasts, shoulders, sides. Had brain scans for the memory loss, vertigo and headaches. Found some indications that I may have had mini-strokes over the years. Every time I laugh "hearty", I get a breath-taking charley horse in one or both breasts. If I tuck something under my arm, I get a charley horse in my side. Charley horses in the abdomen while toileting. Charley horses in feet while driving. I am printing out this site and taking it to my doc. He has to pay attention now. Thanks to all of you for sharing. F 51 5 years
3/7/2006
 1  high lipids muscle ache
3/4/2006
 4  high cholesterol Some muscle soreness, but tolerable. However weight gain has been a problem. Several friends mentioned the same weight gain problem M 55 2 years
3/3/2006
 1  aid to cyclosporin for kidney disea weakness, fatigue, muscle spasms, stiffness all over, achilles tendonitis that won't heal, flu-like symptoms, feeling like "an old lady". I've been on Lipitor for almost 2 years as a booster for a type of kidney malfunction. Over that time I've gradually become weaker, stiff, and low in energy and over the past few weeks I've developed flu like syptoms and muscle spasms. My achilles tendonits just won't get better despite 3 months of PT. I saw my doctor about this today and he suggested going off the Lipitor to see if it was causing this. Thank you all for posting such enlightening information. I hope that we all do better off this drug! F 44
3/3/2006
 4  preventive Due to bad family history and some early calcification, taking 10 mg at bed time quickly lowered total cholesterol to new target well under 200. After taking it for 8 months developed widespread muscle pain - neck, back, hips, legs, and hands. Aches and pains interupt sleep. Very stiff upon waking and hands hurt so much can't make a fist. Weakness when standing after sitting. Early in the day I move like someone much older. Pain diminishes throughout the day. lst doctor said probably had arthritis but could not explain overnight appearance or widespread discomfort. Second doctor said has been seeing lots of patients who have similar problem with statins and blood tests not confirming inflamation. Has suggested I stop taking for around 3 months to see if symptons go away. If pain disappears will try another statin. Also taking Fosamax 35. F 55 8 months
3/1/2006
 2  High Cholesterol Shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle soreness, numbness in arms, constant headaches, impending doom, short-term memory loss, flu-like symptoms Thank you for this website. I have been looking for reasons why I feel this way and have started medical 101. Tomorrow am scheduled for lung scan and chest x-ray and Dr. game me # for cardiac CT scan after that. I want to cancel all appointments and stop taking Lovastatin. Being taking 40mg for 4 months now and symptoms began immediately with shortness of breath. The muscle soreness and headaches will not go away and I feel like I got hit by a truck. Will be going off it though it did lower my cholesterol. I am an otherwise healthy woman who exercises 3 times a week (walking and swimming laps)and am lacto-ovo vegetarian. Again, thank you for this website. It took a fews weeks to find it through my searching. I definitely will bookmark it. F 48 4 months
2/24/2006
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 1  High Cholesterol Depression, anxiety, spaced-out feeling, lack of concentration, insomnia. I take zoloft for major depression and it works well. However, within days of starting lipitor, I started feeling the adverse side effects Depression, anxiety, spaced-out feeling, lack of concentration, insomnia which are pretty much how I felt when I was experiencing major depression. The thing is, if I were to stop taking zoloft today, it would be months before I felt the depression returning, and it would take months to get back to normal when I restarted zoloft. Lipitor put me in that state in a could of weeks, and after stopping lipitor, I was feeling better in a few days. Just to be sure, I started taking lipitor a second time, and the depression came back within one or two days. It's now a week since I stopped it and I'm just now getting back to normal. I haven't noticed any increased muscle or joint pain. I'm not touching statins again. M 51 3 weeks
2/22/2006
 1  High Cholesterol Confusion, short term memory loss, lack of motivation. Returned to normal within a week of quitting Lipitor. I had rather risk living with a 228 cholesterol level than deal with the memory loss. It was quite frightening as it seemed like incipient dementia. M 57 2 months
2/21/2006
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