LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 1  High Cholesterol The same as many people reported muscle aches as well as tingling in arm and hand, sore shoulder,fatigue,poor sleep although it did lower my cholesterol, I was not warned of the symtoms. Surprisingly when I told my doctor I was having these problems he did not suggest stopping the lipitor nor did any of the other specialists I went to see for these symptoms, a friend told me about the side affects after I told her my symptoms, she said they were the same as statins and what was I taking? Lipitor! I have since changed doctors because my doctor told me he did not believe it was the lipitor since it should have affected me on both arms and hands, but as soon as I stopped the lipitor I stated to feel better, it has been three weeks now I still have some pain in muscles, but severe fatigue is gone, Problem now is my new doctor is suggesting Pravachol! I would rather live a shorter life than suffer the pains and fatigue for many years. M 54 6 months
8/1/2005
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 4  high cholesterol i feel its ok. F 64 6 days
7/31/2005
 1  high cholestral never had any problems walking, after liptor had severe muscle spasms in my legs, thigh area. had difficulty reaching seat & unable to walk, waited for pain to subside before I could continue, off lipitor now 6 months post lipitor I am still experiencing periodic muscle pain & I wonder will I ever totally get back to the way I used to be. would be grateful for any advice. I am thankful to be rid of the awful muscle spasms I experienced whilst taking lipitor & would advise people to think very carefully before taking this drug F 68 8 months
7/30/2005
 1  Slightly high cholesterol of 5.3 I'm completeing this on behalf of my father, who died after being prescribed 20 mg Totalip/ Atorvastatin, despite the usual dose being 10 mg and him having 2 risk factors, being over 70 and with hypothyroidism. The inquest verdict was misadventure. The GMC decided that the 20 mg dose was reasonable, and that the GP had not acted inappropriately by prescribing this dose. So much for SPCs, PILs, and the CSM's Pharmacovigilance reports, all of which state that the usual dose is 10 mg a day, and that statins should be used with caution by patients over 70 and with hypothyroidism. GPs will continue overprescribing if they are allowed to get away with it. Please contact me if you can advise or help. Thanks. Jay M 71 6 weeks
7/30/2005
 3  High cholesterol Rhabdomyolysis; CPK spike to 57,000 (normal range 60-190); extreme pain in thigh muscles to the point of not being able to walk. Day and a half hospital stay; no apparent lasting kidney or liver problems. Been one month since acute onset pain and am recovering. Levels almost normal; muscles in entire body stiff and slightly sore; will be going for some physical therapy. Lipitor was very effective in lowering my F 35 2 months
7/27/2005
 1  MODERATE HIGH CHOLESTRAL EXTREME AND EXCRUCIATING MUSCLE PAIN IN SHOULDERS, NECK AND HIP. HAS TAKEN 5 MONTHS OFF THIS HORRIBLE DRUG TO BE ABLE TO EVEN LIFT MY ARMS. I WILL NEVER TOUCH A STATIN DRUG AGAIN. THESE DRUGS ARE ABSOLUTE POISON AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF THE MARKET F 59 2 months
7/27/2005
 3  lower cholesterol tingling extremities bruising insomnia M 48 180 days
7/25/2005
 1  high cholesterol muscle pain...joint pain...weakness...overall exhaustion...gum ulcerations...hair loss I have been off this drug almost 2 1/2 years...I am better but far from well...still have pain in arms and legs with much stiffness. i wish I had never taken this damn drug... F 53 2 years
7/24/2005
 1  Cholesterol Took for 30 days. Was aware of side effects, but DOC assured me they were minimal. I started getting some pain in ankles from time to time, I work out so attributed the pain to “old age” (45). I was in Baltimore on business when one night I started experiencing severe pain in one ankle – I could not sleep. I was a bit better the next day, but limped around a bit. A week later the pain came back, my ankle hurt so much I could hardly make to work. I could not walk up the stairs in my house without extreme pain. I felt horrible & made an appointment with DOC. Thought it might be gout, but found this website. I quit taking the crap before my appointment with DOC. The nurse told me “we have a lot of people who complain about pain”. DOC understood and has kept me off Statins. I wish those who take this stuff successfully the best, but for those of us who have adverse effects this can be deviating. It took me 3-4 weeks to fully recover. MD’s need to take their patients reports about Lipitor seriously. I would rater drink gasoline than take this stuff again! I have to wonder if the effects of this Med are being downplayed by the powers that be..........???????????? M 45 50 days
7/17/2005
 2  high cholesterol Hair thinning, muscle aches, memory loss, tiredness, moody So glad I found this website, I was worried it was just me which is what my GP made me feel. Though my cholesterol is good the side effects are not worth it!! Time to try new meds! F 36 5 months
7/16/2005
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 1  High cholestorel I am left with chest pain, muscle weakness and spasms and I am up every 3 hrs drinking water. Drs. laugh when I say that I have Rhabdomyolosis - my Cpk or ck or whatever it is is fine... but no one cks the myoglobin or hemoglogin in urine. I'm desparate for a Dr. in Mn. that will do that. I don't know where to turn and get sicker and sicker. Am afraid my heart will go. The drug gets cholestorel down, but ruins your life F 63 4 years
7/5/2005
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 1  cholesterol reduction Exhaustion, malaise, upset stomach/constant hunger. Tried 5mg/day for three DAYS. Just can't imagine taking this drug any longer. Tried 10mg/day for 8 days one year ago with same side effects. M 44 3 days
6/26/2005
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 1  high cholesterol depression, exercise intolerance, muscle weakness, memory problems, including 2 periods of amnesia, each lasting several hours, nausea and vomiting lowered F 51 4 months
6/25/2005
 3  genetic hyperlipidemia Like a vast majority of those contributing, a lightheadedness, tingling in the scalp, visual deficits (not double vision or blurriness but a sense of my right eye drooping though it is not). The lightheadedness and Wokred great at lowering cholesterol from 276 to 194 but at what price? It is a bad feeling walking around thinking you've got a tumor behind your eye! M 33 2 years
6/24/2005
 1  routine cardiology Rx after stent Husband gradually developed muscle pains, extreme tiredness, irritability, weird dreams, restless leg syndrome, hair loss, lack of enthusiasm for anything, strange blood test results w/elevated CRP, BUN, Creatinine, urine albumin, increased blood glucose, periodic memory lapses and belly weight gain. Perhaps the effects were slower because he was on 75 mg of CoQ10. We stopped the drug cold when he stated he felt as if he was losing muscle! Effective dose for most people is apparently 2.5 mg and Pfizer starts people at 10! Statins are sneaky and deceptive drugs which have ruined many lives. I'm hoping husband does not have permanent heart, kidney and muscle damage F 59 28 months
6/24/2005
 1  questionable ^ chol after bypass 75 yo mother-in-law has memory loss, hair loss, muscle spasms in left arm and legs, odd blood sugar pattern, sciatic pain which is not sciatica, periodic back and hip pain, gradual loss of feeling in toes, dizziness, vision problems, extreme tiredness, lack of appetite, and no enthusaism for life. She has had several TIAs and who knows what else she has experienced and not reported to us. Dr wanted to double dose to 40 mg. We took her totally off the drug and she is beginning to have return of feeling in her toes, no more muscle cramps at night or dizziness. Taking lipoic acid, vit C & mega dose of CoQ10 and will never take another statin. Higher cholesterol in those over 60 is now found to be PROTECTIVE particularly against stroke! F 75 4 years
6/24/2005
 1  High cholesterol/high triglycerides I was on 10 mgs. and then cut it in half for over two years. Stopped taking it 11/04 due to severe legs problems; muscle aches/weakness/stiffness, cramps in my feet and hands, pain in my arms and chest, memory problems along with vision problems. This drug needs to be taken off the market and doctors need to realize how much damage it has done to many innocent people. F 48 2 years
6/24/2005
 1  Hyperlipidity Severe myalgia. Symptoms developed and progressed gradually, but stopped within one week of stopping Lipitor. Very effective at lowering cholesterol but if you are prone to muscle inflammation or other connective tissue pain (due to rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia for example) I would be very cautious. My symptoms developed gradually enough that I assumed I was relapsing with rheumatoid arthritis -- I was astounded to find the problem was Lipitor. I had lesser problems with Pravochol but have come to distrust all statins. I am focusing on diet, time-release naicin, and fish oil instead. M 48 1 years
6/23/2005
 3   F 44 2 days
6/22/2005
 3  cholesterol pain in my arms M 66 1 years
6/19/2005
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