LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 2  mildly high LDL Joint pain especially spine at 10mg.. I had this reaction before but my doctor doubted it would be the lipitor. Stopped lipitor and symptems went away. Restarted lipitor at 5 mg and after 7 days seem to be having wicked joint pain again. Will stop lipitor again and see results. By the way 10 mg dropped my LDL to 77. M 64 7 days
9/10/2005
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 3  High Cholesterol Sleeping all day and night - exhaustion 10mg started two weeks ago - have slept soundly 30 of the last 48 hours. But even when awake, feel exhausted. Can't continue this way. Will ask physician for alternative at next visit. Normally have high energy and sleep average of 6 to 7 hrs per day. Haven't been back yet for blood work to establish reduction numbers. M 54 14 days
9/5/2005
 2  High Cholesterol After only 3 weeks on 10 mg of Lipitor I called my Dr. to discontinue. I have recently begun a workout regimine 6 days a week doing elliptical training and weight training. After workouts I would be so tired to the point where I was going to bed at 8pm (I'm normally a night-owl). I was mostly feeling drained and tired which was unusual for me and didn't feel that way previous to taking the drug. I have also experienced tingling or a sense of my hand being "asleep" (example: if you lay on it wrong and it's numb-like). I have only been off one day...but have already slept better than I had in the 3 wks on it. Don't know if it worked to lower my cholesterol since I wasn't on it for the 6 wks to do the bloodwork. I am going to try to lower it naturally through exercise and diet instead of the drug. not sure it's worth the side effects. Stay in tune with your body...I elected to discontinue immediately with onset of side effects. Will consider other alternatives. F 43 3 weeks
9/2/2005
 3  hypercholesterolemia Joint pain, muscle ache, fatigue While doctors will test your liver function on this medication, and they may run a blood test to check for muscle wasting, many doctors deny that there is a connection between joint pain, muscle aching, fatigue etc and Lipitor. I stopped taking the medication and the symptoms gradually dissipated. About a year later, I was put on it again and once again the same symptoms returned. I saw another doctor and this physician is the one that stated that Lipitor is more than likely the cause. Another family member was on Lipitor and experienced very similar symptoms. She took herself off of the medication her symptoms also began to fade. She demanded to be put on another medication and was. Not all people who take Lipitor will have adverse reactions, but if you do experience these symptoms, don't just accept your doctor's denial of a connection between the two. You may want to get a second opinion. 31 2 months
8/27/2005
 3  for High Cholestrol I have been taking 20mg of lipitor for 1 year, It has lowered my cholestrol to 225 but I cannot deal with the agony of constant gas and loose stools. I am also experiencing heel pain. The loose stools and gas are more than I can bear. anyone switch to a different statin drug that did not cause loose stools and constant gas? M 50 1 years
8/25/2005
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 1  High cholesterol Within 7 days I had such severe myopathy (muscle pain) and cramping I could not walk, my CPK was elevated to that of a person having a heart attack and my liver enzymes were very elevated. I was on 10 mg and in F 58 7 days
8/25/2005
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 1  High Cholesterol Lower back pain, stiff neck - could not turn head Dr. prescribed Lipitor. I took 20MG for 3 months. Had lower back pain so severe could hardly get out of bed. Ater getting up and moving around, pain would subside. Also started to have neck pain while turning head. Dr. took a muscle injury test and results came back positive! Stopped taking Lipitor. After a few months, new muscle injury test came back negative. Neck pain went away within a few weeks. AFTER 1 YEAR BEING OFF LIPITOR I STILL HAVE THE LOWER BACK PAIN THAT FORCES ME TO WAKE UP AND GET OUT OF BED AFTER EXACTLY 7.5 HOURS OF SLEEP! Once I get up and move around, the pain disappears. If I lay down and take a nap in the afternoon, I don't have any back pain that wakes me up but once I lay down to sleep at night, 7.5 hours later I'm forced awake by the pain. I think it has something to do with the spinal disks expanding at night and by morning something that was damaged in that area by Lipitor kicks in pain. LIPITOR MAY CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE TO BODY TISSUES! PLEASE RESEARCH CAREFULLY B4 TAKING! M 50 3 months
8/25/2005
 1  high cholesterol Started 2 years ago with 10 mg then 6 mos later doc upped to 20. About 3 mos ago I had several severe left leg cramps-never had them before. Then about 2-3 weeks later, woke up and could barely stand and walk. Legs and toes were numb (worse in left), weak, back pain and calves hurt terribly. Walking was possible but only with intense effort and pain. Couldn't stand for more than 1 or 2 minutes-too painful and weak. Waited a couple 3 weeks to see if it would clear up-did not. Went to doc. Took x-rays said everything fine, blood test fine. Interested in doing MRI-thinking nacrotic nerve in lower spine. On an aside he said stop taking lipitor on an off chanch it may be an uncommon reaction. I started looking up lipitor reactions and came across so much info on side effects it was startling. I look back to about 1 1/2 years ago when I no longer had that special feeling that all males experience in my organ and a decreased sex drive (not typical for me). At the time I attributed it to male menopause-being around 54. I went to my accupuncturist and was told my chee was dry. Had 4 treatments over as many weeks. Started to see some improvement. At the onset of symptoms I felt like I would imagine someone that had MS would feel like, swaying, pulling myself up stairs, dragging legs. After having stopped lipitor and acupuncture treatments, I would say I am at about 50 or 55%. I hope I continue to keep getting better as this has really hit my life at a bad time. My cholesterol did go down but If I knew I would have these kinds of problems I would never have started taking the drug nor will I EVER AGAIN take it irregardless of my cholesterol level. I would recommend to those who have not had any lessening of symptons to try accupuncture. It can't hurt and may help! M 56 2 years
8/25/2005
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 1  High chlorestral dizzyness, coninuing and increasing weakness (especially legs), aches & pains, loss of coherent thought, memory loss, wildly varying blood pressure, syptoms similar to TIA's After 2 years on this drug I seriously felt life was not worth living. Started Lipitor when recovering from major surgery, and attributed effects to that; but after initial uphill recovery, went downhill at an expotential rate. Two days after stopping, myself and my family noticed the difference - now 3 weeks have passed and have not had any of the above symptons. Now just want to find someway to help recovery from Lipitor damage. F 77 2 years
8/23/2005
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 5  High cholesterol None. M 53 5 years
8/22/2005
 2  high cholestrol Started taking Lipitor 3 months ago. Have experiences significant weight gain even though I have been following a low caloric diet. Also have experienced fatigue, sleepless nights, bouts of constipation and diarria. Have also had muscle pain especially in the leg/calf area and the lower back. Originaly thought that the pain might be caused from a slip disc that I have, but the pain is different than experienced before. After reading all the ratings on thib web site I'm convinced that the new pain/weight gain/fatigue and general not feeling F 63 3 months
8/22/2005
 2  Elevated cholesterol Joint pain, back and shoulder pain, arm pain, numbness and tingling in the hands. Edema of hands and ankles. Blurred vision and memory loss. Arthritic type pain in all joints. I could barely get out of bed in the morning or walk up stairs. I was depressed that I realized that I felt better in the late afternoon and evening. I had been taking the Lipitor at night. Therefore, I knew that its effects were wearing off at that time. I've stopped it for 3 days and feel 100% better. Very scary drug. F 58 4 years
8/21/2005
 4  High Cholesterol and Triglycerides Lethargy, fuzzy thinking, blurry vision, dull muscle pains constantly. It has done almost nothing for my Triglycerides, nor has it elevated my HDL. My LDL and total Cholesteral, however responded quite favorably. Make sure you don't take Lopid with this. It can damage your heart and keep you short of breath and constantly weak. M 41 10 years
8/20/2005
 1  high cholestrol Severe achilles tendonitis in both legs, heel pain, burning sensations in calves-maybe Lipitor is why? I have spent almost a year with this problem and spent 4 months in physical therapy-I am calling my doctor and getting off this drug immediately!!!! Even if it is not the culprit, I can't take the chance. F 47 1 years
8/17/2005
 1  total cholesterol 235 headache, chestpain, arrythmia, diarrhea, malaisse, forgetfulness, confusion, back pain and after 1 month a worrisome case of phlebitis(every superficial vein in my one leg is bulging) my veins hurt, severe leg cramps, numbness in ankles and toes. I stopped this statin on july 26th. I have been told it will take at least 3 months for this medication to flush from my system. will have a blood test next week. I take norvasc with no problems. Am not a big supporter of meds. Let me tell you, this lipitor is dangerous and life threatening. Somewhere in the future this will be another vioxx. I will never take any cholesterol lowering meds again, statin or otherwise. Have not been able to use my treadmill for a month due to phlebitis. I refuse to be a guinea pig for any statin drugs. will continue on a balanced diet and exercise. I was an active, energetic 76 yr old. treadmill 5 x's a week for 35 minutes at 3.8 miles per hour. took zetia 5 mgs(i cut the pill in half because i was afraid) afterstopping the lipitor experience. zetia gave me chest tightness, headache. F 76 21 days
8/16/2005
 1  Bring Bad Cholesterol Down After only 2 1/2 weeks on Lipitor I could feel that something was not right in my body. Extreme headaches, severe neck pain, fatigue, sore muscles and joints, fevers, chills, sweating, dark urine, flu like symptoms, swelling of right knee, irritable, just wanted to sleep all of the time. Called my Doctor and told him about my symptoms. He said it sounded like I had a virus. He told me to go off lipitor for two weeks and then try it again. I have no intention of taking lipitor again. Just now starting to feel somewhat normal again after being off it for one week. However, I have now developed a sore throat. M 41 2 weeks
8/16/2005
 1  elevated cholestorol readings muscle and joint pains--particularly severe at night--lasting even after stopping medication, although decreasing in severity I'm distressed that pain continues even after stopping the medication. I took the medication for 9 months (my doctor said the pains weren't from the Lipitor because there was no indication in the blood work)--finally stopped when could barely walk. I've been off the medicine for 2 months and pain is less, but still very present, especially in joints. F 57 9 months
8/10/2005
 1  LDL 160 LIGHT HEADED, INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART THROBBING OUT OF MY CHEST, TINGLING IN MUSCLES OF UPPER TORSO. MY SCAPULA AND SHOULDERS FELT LIKE THERE WAS SOMETHING VIBRATING UNDER MY SKIN. HEADACHES. AND FEELING OF DOOM. THOUGHT I WAS HAVING A HEART ATTACH WENT TO E/R TO RULE OUT. I STILL HAVE THE MEDICATION IN MY SYSTEM AND WILL FIND OTHER ALTERNATIVES SUCH AS WT. LOSS, DIET, AND EXERCIZE. I WILL JUST HAVE TO SAY NO TO WHIPPED CREAM. I RATHER GIVE UP SOMETHING I LOVE THEN TO TAKE THIS MEDICATION AGAIN. F 47 9 days
8/5/2005
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 1  To lower colesterol from 220. Severe muscle and joint pain in left leg. My cardiologist started with a dosage of 80 mg which seems very high. Symptoms started after second dose. After third dose pain was so severe I could hardly move. I stopped Lipitor. The doctor recommended laying off Lipitor for a week and then restarting. NO WAY! The pain has gradually subsided but it has not disappeared over a period of several months. This stuff is poison. I would rather take my chances of a heart attack than live with Lipitor. I experienced weight gain because my level of activity has dropped. M 58 3 days
8/4/2005
 4  cholesterol M 58 3 years
8/1/2005
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