LIPITOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.9 (1251 Ratings)

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 1  high ldl intense calf pain, swollen feet & ankles, memory loss Yes it did lower cholesterol and LDL but June 04 dosage increased from 20 mg to 40 mg per day because ldl had elevated again and Dr. wanted ldl @ 70 and mine was at 114. Been off Lipitor since 08-23-04 due to severe calf pain.ldl is now 211. 10-13-04 Dr. put me on niaspan 500 mg to start. He is not happy, like I was!!!!!!!! F 52 15 months
10/15/2004
 4  high cholesterol tiredness, headaches, blurring vision Lipitor 40 brought my cholesterol down from 355 to 170 within the 3 months that I have been taking it. No immediate side effects, but now after 3 months I am noticing frequent bad headaches and extreme tiredness. F 44 3 months
10/12/2004
 2  hi cholesterol Calf Pain. Calves tire and burn Very quickly, requiring very frequent stops on light uphill walking and stairs. Also, I've always been prone to leg and foot cramps,(twice a year) and am experiencing Some additional cramping, mostly upon waking. (twice a month) Generally become fatigued quicker, need to rest more often due to tired or burning muscles: NOT breathlessness. Exercize is even Less attractive now! M 47 2 years
10/12/2004
 2  high cholestorol Sterted with swelling in one ankle then a knee thenb the other knee. Also lots of soreness in shoulders and some general lowering of energy. M 46 4 months
10/11/2004
 1  high cholesterol severe pain in my limbs, muscle fatigue when I tried to do my workout at the F 64 30 days
10/11/2004
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 5  elevated cholesterol After taking Lipitor for 5 years: pain in the knees and feet, neck and shoulders, abdominal pain and elbow pain. I recently completed 12 physical therapy sessions for severe and chronic tendonitis in my elbows and was released with no improvement. After searching the internet and reading comments from others who've taken Lipitor, I believe this drug has caused the severe pain I've experienced over the past 3 years. Countless MRIs and other tests have revealed no cause for the pain. M 5 years
10/10/2004
 3  High Cholesterol Extreme tiredness and flatulence Not sure whether it is the Lipitor but I am now tired to the point of exhaustion. Is it work, is it me getting older or is it the Lipitor?? F 54 1 years
10/10/2004
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 1  Heart attach, High LDH Joint pain, back pain, memory loss, increased weight gain, and loss of balance. It is terrible, I stopped taking it and am going to kick my doctors butt. M 46 14 months
10/9/2004
 1  Cholesterol 240 Muscle pain in feet, shoulders, chest muscle, arms. Tingling in extremities and chronic fatigue. Headache. WHAT A PRICE TO PAY!! I have always been athletic (no, I'm not one of those dreamers that pretends I am). I bike 60+ miles a week, plus weight train twice a week. Usually, I would been sore once in a while from over-doing it, but not for days on end and not in such severity. I used a 5 pound sledge to do some work and I felt like I had severe arthritis in my right hand for at least a week and a half. I feel very bad for those of you that didn't find out until late about this junk. I didn't have any digestive problems, but did have the headache described, and as pointed out by others, nothing will help the pain. I have been off this stuff for two days now, and feeling better already. I wish you all a swift return to a high quality of life. M 39 30 days
10/9/2004
 3  High cholesterol None for the first 5 years. It DID lower my cholesterol. However, in the 6th year, I developed terrible ankle/knee/leg/hip pain, aching and soreness. I thought I had a muscle problem. I got so weak I had to use a cane to walk. Then, I had to use the handicapped carts in the grocery store. Then I had to get a handicapped permit because I could not walk more than 25 steps. I could not sleep for the ache and discomfort in my legs. I was sure I was a few months away from a wheelchair. I was horribly depressed. When I asked my doctor about this pain, he took me off Lipitor, and within one week my pain had stopped completely. I can walk fine, I can even run. I sleep like a baby. However, I still cannot walk very far - I think I have lost a lot of muscle tone. I will have to build my strength back up in my legs. Otherwise, I feel ten years younger. F 63 6 years
10/6/2004
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 2  high cholesterol I felt like I had been running a marathon. My legs ached, felt weak, calf muscles painful to touch- extreme fatigue, headaches. F 41 3 weeks
10/4/2004
 3  to control my cholestrol I Have been on lipitor for several years. I have noticed over the last few years that I have not been feeling well. The last couple of months I have been suffering with vertigo. I have had all kinds of test and they all come up negative. I decided to go off lipitor about three days ago to see if this is causing it. I have a freind with the same problem and is on lipitor for about the same amount of time as I have been on it. I'm hoping that this dizziness will go away in time now that I have stopped lipitor. None of my doctors will admit that is lipitor causing the problem. M 66 7 years
10/3/2004
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 1  high cholesterol Started on lipitor about 6 months ago. 2-3 weeks ago I went to MD with sore neck/arms (especially left) feeling of breathlessness and anxiety, feeling like something was going to happen. MD told me I was depressed and said Lipitor was not the problem. I decided to do some research myself and found this website. I immediately stopped taking lipitor a day ago and am experiencing weakness in both arms especially left. I am very jittery and tingly and itchy. I feel like I am climbing the walls. This is a terrible medicine!!! I will never take it again!! It should be taken off the shelves!!! F 33 6 months
10/3/2004
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 1  Elevated cholesterol Was on Provachol. Dr. switched me to Lipitor since he said it was more effective. After 78 days on Lipitor, I had constant low level pain in my butt and upper thighs. Strong pain would come and go randomly. There would be spikes of pain so severe that I felt like I would collapse. Would have to stop standing/walking and sit down for 5 or 10 minutes. After I stopped taking Lipitor, the pain gradually subsided over a 9 month period. I was pain free for a few months, but the same pain has returned and has been with me for the past 5 months. I now wonder if this is a chronic pain condition. M 55 78 days
9/30/2004
 4   M 56 2 years
9/29/2004
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 1  High Cholesterol I started taking Lipitor after my cholesterol climbed to 310. I Did not want to take it because I am a vegetarian, a health conscious person and dislike taking medicines, but my doctor, an endocrynologist, strongly recommended it. The first few months I was not aware of any side effects, but about a month ago I started to experience wrist pain, I thought it was my pilates class, but although I rested for 2 months from the class, the pain continued. Then about two weeks ago, I got very bad cramps in my toes, they curled down and the pain was terrible. About a week ago I was taking a bath and my muscles in my lower abdomen started to contract then the cramp got higher. I got scared that I was having something bad. After the cramps one night I had such tiredness in my left leg that I could hardly walk, I thought that it was my high heels that I had worn all day. Then 2 days ago I woke up with a swollen foot, it was very painful to walk. That was it... I suspected that it was the Lipitor and came to the internet and read the same side effects in a lot of people posting their experiences with this drug. I even thought that I had ALS since a friend of mine died of it. It is amazing the amount of people that also thought the same in this list. Thanks God for the Internet. I stopped taking this medicine 2 days ago, I hope that I can get rid of these effects and that they are not permanent. I do not recommend it, unless it is life threatening and then only take it for a short time. F 57 9 months
9/26/2004
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 1  high total cholesterol I had severe muscle pain and weakness after taking only a few doses of Lipitor. My legs were so weak and tired I could hardly walk up and down my stairs. I went off the drug for a few days and all the symptoms subsided. At my doctor's suggestion, I went on Lipitor again and experienced the same symptoms. This was with only a small dosage (I think it was 10mg). I could not function; I have never felt such weakness. I am now taking Zocor, which certainly has side effects, but I can function. F 29 3 months
9/21/2004
 1  HIGH CHOLESTEROL DEVELOPED LOWER BACK PAIN. FOR WEEKS ON END COULD NOT FUNCTION NORMALY. HAVE ALWAYS BEEN ACTIVE, WORKED OUT REGULARLY. AFTER 2 MONTHS ON THIS DRUG I FELT AS IF I HAD AGED 20 YEARS. HAD CONSTANT LOWER BACK PAIN. THERE WAS NO RELIEF. DID A SELF EXPERIMENT AND WENT OFF THE MEDICATION FOR A MONTH. VIOLA!!! I STARTED FEELING LIKE MY OLD SELF, OR SHOULD I SAY YOUNG SELF. WILL LOOK FOR AN ALTERNATIVE MEDICATION. M 45 2 days
9/20/2004
 1  high cholesterol Extremely severe pain in right shoulder as if from extreme workout or injury(none which apply). Stopped taking lipitor seven days ago and still experiencing pain in shoulder and tingling and numbness down right arm radiating into fingers. No more medications........will attempt holistic approach....vitamins C and/or niacin. F 41 7 days
9/20/2004
 5  High Cholesterol I took this drug a few years ago and went off it because my hair started thinning. This time around I am feeling very depressed, tired and nervous. I'm not sure if it is the drug, but I'm going to go off it to see. Oh, yes, the drug worked wonders on my cholesterol. Plummeted about 90 points in a month. M 51 3 months
9/17/2004
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