Average Rating: 1.7 (1227 Ratings)

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 1  High Colesterol Pain in lower back, knees, calves and feet. I'm diabetic. Dr first had me on 10mg(3 months) but LDL was 126. He said for diabetics it should be below 100. He then put me on 20mg(3 months) and in 2nd month started having pain in lower back radiating all the way down to bottom of feet. Went to Dr and he said sciatica. I saw commercial on TV stating side effects so I plan on going back to Dr and asking him why didn't he think to correlate it to medicine. Think he has deal with Pharmaceutical company because he recently prescribed 40mg and told me to cut it in half. Was pretty pricey at walgreens. M 73 6 months
20mg 1X D
 5  Elevated cholesterol Minimal side effects but significant impact on HDL and LDL -have used just about every other statin over many years and Crestor was like magic M 68 5 years
40 mg 1X D
 1   This stuff is dangerous...there's no way heart palpitations, tendonitis (feet and elbow) are acceptable trade-offs...god knows what it's doing to my liver/kidneys. I'm going off it and trying something else. Kinda P.O.d at the doctor for giving it to me...the simvastatin was worse on the joint pain...and the niaspan raised my sugar. Jeesh. F 59 60 days
10 mg 1X D
 2  High Cholesterol I have been on Crestor for 2 years. I have been aware of the side effects but continued due to the fact it does a good job at reducing the bad cholesterol. I do suffer from the usual joint problems and tiredness associated with taking Statins, bad pains in hands, knees and back. However, the worse issues are the memory loss, and mood swings. Sometimes I feel like the incredible hulk as you can go from a normal/happy to enraged over the least little thing. Can be truly worrying. My doctor upped my dose to 20Mg once and I came off after a week as I was a zombie with an anger issue. However, a relation of mine takes 20mg and seems to suffer no side effects. Consult with your doctor about the side effects and tell them strongly you believe they are Crestor/Statin related. My Doctor at first didn't believe it until he looked it up for himself. Now we discuss other options at mt review sessions as there are always new drugs/methods coming onto the market. M 42 2 years
10 1X D
 1  High LDL -arterialsclorosis Muscle tightness, very tight feeling in head. Felt like my brain was in a fog. Very tired, always felt slightly depressed, hard to concentrate. Complete loss of libido, unable to get an erection even with Viagra. Thought it was aging. Finally decided to try getting off the crestor 5 days ago. Libido returning, able to get normal erections , other problems seem to be getting better. Will not take statins again as I realize I have had the same problems to a lesser extent on other statins M 63 7 months
40mg 1X D
 1  High cholesterol This drug is awful! I have horrible muscle pains, ankles hurt all the time, lots of bloating and constipation. I went jogging one summer night and almost died! Everything hurt so bad, I could not take another step...I am 49, 5ft 5, 149 lbs, always been in good health (except for heredity, blood pressure and cholesterol). Since taking Crestor, I also have been having increased aggression and anger, feelings of hatred, and bad moods. Hips hurt too all the time! I am getting off of this crap, and resorting to natural ways to stay healthy. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS DRUG FOR ANYTHING (UNLESS YOU WANT TO DIE). It's a loser. M 49 7 months
10 1X D
 1  high cholesterol FATTY LIVER, insomnia with my mind racing, fatigue, memory loss, disoriented and out of it - mind wasn't clear, muscle pain in legs so bad at times I hated to walk, diarrhea, stiff neck, wrists ached WARNING,THIS IS A COSTLY, DANGEROUS DRUG! I'm reporting these side effects to the FDA. The only reason I'm writting this is to maybe help someone else, who may be struggling as I have from using this drug. I'm angry that my doctor kept telling me, the drug was the best on the market and wouldn't take me off of it for 8 mos. Through a recent CT scan it showed I had developed fatty liver. I went off Crestor on Feb. 1, 2012, and told my doctor that I will never take Crestor or any other statin again! I'm a 67 year old female, who just prior to taking it felt and looked 10 years younger. Once I took it I was hardly functioning and felt like 97. I am working with my doctor to lower my cholesterol with diet and a more natural way. I'm feeling better already with less fatigue in just a week. Hopefully I don't have any permanent damage to my body. It's the quality of life that's important! F 67 8 months
5mg. 1X D
 1  ELEVATED CHOLESTEROL Started taking Crestor 10 mg 2009 noted some muscle weakness,chest and shoulder pain with memory problems in the first year. My dosage was increased to 20 mg and this is when things got really bad. Extreme fatique, thigh, groin. arm, neck, pain in my rib cage. Problems with my memory increased. Unable to think clearly at times, saying the wrong words all the time. Thinking I was developing early alzheimers or something. Was unable to tolerate long periods of standing. Unable to do yardwork anymore due to easily exhausted. Difficulty sleeping due to the pain. Saw many doctors that tried to diagnose me with arthritis, fibromyalgia. even sent me to Duke thinking it could be MS. I decided to stop in on my own, being a nurse and knowing that statins can cause myalgias. Was also told by pharmacist that you don't have to have elevated liver function tests to have this drug cause Myalgias. After being off of the med for over a year now. I have regained my memory, not nearly as fatiqued but lef F 47 2 years
20MG 1X D
 1  cholesterol primarily developed with back pain,in couple of months first time i passed bloody urine and doc said it was infection. Taken antibiotic again with in 15days the same problem. consulted urologist underwent all tests found nothing and no complication. So upset with with this medicine, stopped for the past 3 weeks and do know how log it will take to over come from this problem. M 49 10 months
5mg 1X D
 1  Cholesterol Muscle pain upper right side of body F 76 2 months
 2   I noticed upon increasing dosage from 10 to 10 MG, I felt different. I lacked energy and have had severe shoulder pain. M 63 5 years
20 MG 1X D
 2  high LDL, low HDL [10mg side effects]: Sore muscles, constipation, headache, abdominal discomfort. Took 10mg for one week, couldn't tolerate the side effects, reduced the dose to 5mg. [5mg side effects]: Muscle pain disappeared, but severe constipation remains a problem. Have to take Senokot all the time, otherwise I can't have a bowel movement. I'm a vegetarian and I eat a TON of fiber (oatmeal, fruits, vegetables). I'm considering stopping Crestor after only 3 weeks on it. M 44 3 weeks
10mg, 5mg 1X D
 1  Elevated Cholesterol Excrutiating shoulder pain, back pain and kidney pain. Severe stomach flu like symptoms, severe joint and muscle pain, stiff neck, tingling hands, sharp pain in right palm, dizzy, jittery, disorientated, swelling of hands and feet, heart palpitations, insomnia, tired and sleepy but cannot sleep. When my GP prescribed Crestor 10mg I asked about the side effects but she told me that there are minimal to no side effects so I commenced treatment. Two weeks later I thought I had a kidney infection so my GP gave me antibiotics. A week later there was still no change so I got a second course of antibiotics. I then started doing research and immediately discontinued treatment when I saw how toxic it was. Two weeks after discontinuing medication I still have the side effects is bit better in the morning and then worsens during the day until evening when I have to take something for pain. I am trying to establish the duration of the side effects and if some could be permanent. F 39 14 days
10mg 1X D
 1  High cholesterol Severe Muscle/joint pain. Quit taking after Achilles tendon inflamed with insertional tendonitis. Calcification on x-rays. took 6 months of physical therapy just now able to walk without pain. Heel drop stretches daily and new shoes seem to be the final fix. M 50 24 months
80mg 1X D
 1  high cholesterol major lower back muscle ache, severe constipation M 66 3 months
10 mg
 5  High cholesterol Just started calf pain when I am also taking Cefdinir. M 44 3 years
 2  hyperlipidemia/double bypass extreme muscle weakness- forearm/hand severe pain...loss of hearing..loss of memory wish I could take it successfully to help me..instead it is harming me. F 64 365 days
5 mg 1X D
 1  yes started at 1/2 5 mg for 1 week, then daily at 5 mg. 3 days after daily 5 mg, horrible thigh pains. reported to doctor actually and she said to go 1/2 tablet every other day....NOT! The pain is still there 3 days after stopping. These statins decrease quality of life! M 66 10 days
5 mg 1X D
 1  High Cholestrol Unbearable pain in shoulders and down to elbows a constant throbbing keeping me awake at night. Also lower back pain and pain in knees and very fatigued. Was taking pain killers to sleep something i have never had to do before and the pain would build up throughout the day to a point were I would cry. Stopped taking Crestor after 28 days once I visited this site and realised that it was the cause of my sudden demise. After three weeks the pain had lessened but still really bad. It is now three months on and I am feeling better than ever, have been to a Naturopath and done a complete detox to rid my body of these dreadful toxins, and am now on a diet to reduce my cholestrol which has dropped from 7.4 to 5.4. I will never take Crestor or any other statin again. I never want to go through that pain again. I now feel twenty years younger than I did 2 or 3 months ago. F 62 28 days
20 1X D
 3  High Cholesterol Shoulders pain, Left arm and forearm pain. Overall joint pain Was on 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg and now 40mg. Had to be on 40 mg as the other dosages lowered my cholesterol but not to the level the cardiologist needed to be. (Recently had a heart attack which needed stents to be put in). M 43 19 months
40 MG 1X D