CRESTOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.7 (1227 Ratings)

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 4  High Cholesterol some shoulder pain at times but nothing much more than that I had a 5 way by pass 14 years ago due to hereditary heart conditions and have been on statin drugs off and on since 1994. Crestor has dropped my cholesterol levels from 466 to 164. The other statin drugs I couldn't tolerate. M 50 3 years
40 mg 1X D
9/23/2010
 2  High Cholestrol Muscle pain and weakness, particularly in me feet and legs. I took this med for several months, being one that dosen't go to the doctor unless I absolutly have to and one that dosen't like taking meds. I decided on my own not to get more Crestor, since my doctor didn't order or feel the need to order follow up blood work for liver and kidney funtion. Well I had to go to the doctor for another issue, and decided to get on Crestor again (my doctor gives it free). Today my friend wanted me to look up Lisinopril for her and Crestor popped up so I decided to check it out. WOW...THANK GOODNESS...Now I know why my feet hurt and all the other things I felt that I didn't associate with this drug. I could not walk without pain, it was miserable. It's funny because I told my son a couple of days ago that we could start walking now that my feet and such quit hurting and, what did I do...took Crestor...(only once now) THANK GOODNESS FOR THIS SITE. Good luck to all. F 47
10mg 1X D
9/22/2010
 1  Elevated Lipids Progressively elevated CK- last test was 722 U/L- mildly elevated Urea 8.6 mmol/l & ALT 48 u/l Given my significantly raised CK after taking Crestor for four months my doctor advised me to stop taking it. Ten days later I am experiencing joint / shoulder & arm pain and over body skin hypersensitvity. My gastroenterologist took me off Lipitor and put me on Crestor because he said it was a more effective drug - though it did reduce my HDL/ LDL levels the side effects / risks far outweigh the benefits and I am never going back on statins preferring diet & exercise in an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle M 64 4 months
20MG 1X D
9/19/2010
 4  Lowered LDL from 134 to 71 Joint pain in hands and feet, some lower back pain, don't seem to have muscle pain as described by others. Lowered overall cholesterol 230 to 160 M 59 3 months
10 1X D
9/17/2010
 1  high chlorestl severe joint/muscle pain could hardley walk have been in physical therapy for a month after stopping crestor for 2 month no one can tell me what to do when your body cannot talerate statins F 57 60 days
10 1X D
9/10/2010
 1  To lower my lipids Severe shoulder pain, muscle pain in both arms and severe pain in left elbow. The emergency room doctor thought I had fractured my elbow in a fall because of the swelling. I hadn't fallen at all. I missed a whole summer of swimming because of this drug and all I really needed to do was to stop taking it. I'm on Prevastatin now and doing fine. Doctor said only Crestor would produce the numbers he was looking for but that quality of life had to take precedence. Doctor prescribed the drug without any preamble about these severe side effects (some of them extremely severe). M 59 5 months
40 1X D
9/9/2010
 1  My mom was told that "cholesterol w yesterday we took my mom to Virginia and the first thing we notkiced was that she fell when she got out of the car. My mom is completely not herself. She is in almost constant pain. First her shoulder almost to the point of inability to use her arm. Also, severe leg pain, brain fog,fatigue. I have asked her in the past to stay off these statin drugs, but she has been concerned that her Dr. would disapprove. After reading on here, she finally said she was convinced. It angers me to read comments about Dr.'s and their scare tactics.It's almost blackmail. F 78 30 days
1X D
9/8/2010
 2  very high cholesterol extreme fatigue, stiffness, nerve pain in left leg from lower back to ankle. swollen left knee, week left ankle, extreme pain in left shoulder. upset stomach. sleeplessness associated with the leg, and sholder pain. it took me quite a while to put 2 and 2 together, until the side effects starting working in unison actually. it just got to the point where i couldn't stand the discomfort any longer. i had been on 40 mg crestor, and 10 mg zetia for a while, after various dosages of lipitor didn't result in desired numbers. i am now off...cold turkey, and will advise my doctor that i won't be going back on. since stopping the meds about a week ago, i am slowly getting back to feeling like myself, with that bounce in my step that had been missing for too long. i felt like a 90 yr old, and with 2 boys(3 and 6) and another one on the way...i need my energy. i am worried that my bad cholesterol will get back up again, but the these meds/dosages aren't for me. i am in the process of finding a cardiologist, who i would trust over my pcp. hopefully it works out. good luck all! M 40 4 years
40 MG 1X D
9/7/2010
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 1  High Cholesterol Severe leg cramps at night. Extreme fatique. Blurred vision. A blank mind and sometimes stopping mid sentence as the thought is gone. Now developing arm and hand pain. I even switched to taking it every other day, and the side effects are just getting worse, even on the 5mg dose. I have tried Lipitor, and 1 other statin drug, all with the same results, but Crestor seems the worse. Abdominal indigestion with a distended stomache; weight gain even with strict diet and excercise. The fatigue, lethargy, weakness and muscle pain are not worth it. I am done as of tonight. Yes, it might work, as it has lowered my overall cholesterol, but I can't go through life feeling like a zombie and in so much pain. The muscle cramps at night are debilitating. F 45 90 days
5mg 1X D
9/6/2010
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 1   F 46
1X D
9/6/2010
 2  high cholesterol and TG I have associated this and other statin drugs with severe weakness;joint and muscle pain all over different parts of my body, but mainly in my legs and arms if you have any adverse reactions to this product do what I did throw the rest of it in the garbage and eat cheerios its not worth the suffering you will endure by continuing to use it. M 57 9 months
20 1X D
8/29/2010
 4  High Chol, triglyc, LDL The only thing I can say was a noticable side effect is that I began having very vivid and STRANGE dreams. I wasn't sure if it was this medicine, but seeing others posts, I think it is. It started shortly after starting the medicine. I would have rated this med at a 5 but I have not been back into the doctor yet to see what my numbers look like, but seeing others posts, I am hoping I will have good results too! F 35 30 days
5mg 1X D
8/25/2010
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 2  High cholesterol Initially no side effects....but after the first week and a half, I developed muscle aches in my thighs and hips and lower abdomen. A general feeling of fatigue took place and I began to feel "out of it"...to the point where friends and family started asking "are you feeling alright?"...I was reluctant to start the Crestor because of all I had researced...now I wish I wuld have stuck to my gut instinct. I stopped taking it about a week ago and am feeling fine now....feel like I am back to my old self. I was on this stuff for only a month, I can't imagine what I would be like in two months or more...I am not scheduled for blood work until November, it would have been a very bad three months I fear. I will NOT go back on this drug, nor any like it again. I have started a natural therapy and would rather take the risks of high cholesterol than the side effects of this statin. Off and staying off. M 57 30 days
10MG 1X D
8/25/2010
 1  High cholesterol Severe all over muscle aches, extreme fatigue, memory loss, extreme sensitivity to touch, pressure on my body. I started with 20 mg tablet and was ok for about 3-4 months on this dosage. My doctor increased it to 40 mg and my cholesterol dropped drastically over a 100 points in 3 months, but unaware to myself it was the beginning of a long struggle of uncertainty and pain with unknown cause... Finally I was seen at Duke Medical Center after numerous MRI's, nerve conduction and muscle group studies, to possible rule out MS. But, one month before I went there I decided on my own to stop Crestor due my knowledge of Statin drugs and their side effects I also found out that you can have absolutely normal LFT's and still develop myalgias. After stopping Crestor I started to notice after a month or so I had more energy, my extreme pain and sensitivity to touch had begun to dimished. I didn't stumble over my words anymore, I could get up with minimal pain and could make it through the day at Seems to have a definate decreasing effect on cholesterol in a short time, at least for me but was not worth the way I felt. I thought I was slowing dying, definately aging before my time, So that's what it feels like to be 90.................. F 45 2 years
40mg 1X D
8/24/2010
 1  High Cholesterol Very tired; back pain, muscles very heavy, no energy, mood swings, constipation Going to the Dr today to be taken off of this; my attention span has been short and unfocused and I have been very agitated and short with people (which is not my personality) F 50 60 days
40mg 1X D
8/24/2010
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 1  hiperlipidemia muscle pain in mornings neck,lower back now l/side above hip. have tried lipitor,crestor,vitorin--all have caused same problems. i'm done-rather live pain free than this way. one time at 212 total felt like total crap. went off 2 wks felt normal no pain/stiffness M 48 3 months
10 1X D
8/24/2010
 1  Triglycerides of 700 I started taking Crestor on a Friday and by Monday I had such severe pain in my calf muscles (more in my left)I could barely walk. It feels like a really bad "charlie horse". I also have flu-like symptoms; extreme fatigue, overall body weakness, inability to concentrate and insomnia. I also had a small bout of chest pain today. I am only 37, I am not overweight (110 lbs) and I eat healthy. Unfortunately this runs in my family and I have to do something, or I will certainly drop dead from an MI. Don't know if feeling this way is worth it. I am an active person and a nurse: I work 12 hour sifts. I had to call in sick today because I feel just that bad. I called my Cardiologist/Lipid specialist first thing this morning and she told me to stop taking the Crestor until my symptoms went away, and then start the med again, but half the dose (5 mg) and in the mean time to take COQ10 400 mg, Vitamin D3 4,000 units, artichoke extract and a supplement called Festerol. I will try this an F 37 3 days
10 mg 1X D
8/24/2010
 1  High LDL After taking 5 mg the night before, I woke up the following day with muscle pain in my left arm. I thought I slept in a bad position. The pain has not disappeared. In fact, more parts of my body are starting to ache, my neck, shoulders, hands, I feel like I have arthritis. It is particularly bad in the morning. I'm glad I found this website. I will stop taking these pills and switch to a healthier diet and exercise. Too bad, I bought a 3-month supply as prescribed by my doctor. F 54 16 days
5 mg 1X D
8/23/2010
 1  high cholestral I have taken statins before..lipitor gave me bad muscle weakness in my arms..now with crestor my left hand became completely useless..I couldn't pick up a piece of paper, i thought it was arthritis but then i remembered i had this before on crestor and lipitor. Also, everyday my ankles would swell..i can't walk too long without feeling chest pains and its like i am an invalid. I stopped taking crestor 2 days ago and my hand is almost back to normal! I have decided to look into holistics..chinese medicine, acupuncture, etc because only statins lower my chol, everything else does nothing and I am done poisoning myself. Also I cannot lose weight no matter what i do and i wonder if it is these drugs that make it impossible? Anyone? I hope there is no long term affects from this medication. Thank goodness i found this site. F 53 6 months
20 1X D
8/21/2010
 1  high cholesterol overall feeling of being 90 years old when getting out of bed. EXTREMELY painful cramps in my calves and hamstrings to the point that I felt that the muscles would rip, tear or snap. I felt that I would have to go to the hospital. The cramps literally made me scream in pain. I never in my life have experienced such pain from cramps. I also had extreme pain in both shoulders and because of all these issues I found myself doing less and less. Also would wake up with a swollen feeling in my ankles and fingers/hands/wrists. Nothing was ever just on one side. after 5-6 years of apparently no side affects (or I just got used to them) I finally have developed issues that I just can't possibly deal with anymore and have decided that a better quality of life is more important than living miserable for a few extra years. To Crestor's credit it was the best statin to lower my cholesterol from 310 to 160 after going to the highest dosage of 40mg. However, I have developed an overall feeling of being old before my time. I was seeing many different doctor's to see what was wrong. Thought I might have Lyme disease since I live in New Hampshire which has the highest incidence of this disease. Saw a rheumatoligist because I thought arthritis could be the culprit. Saw an orthopedic because of the back pain caused by the muscle cramps. None of the doctor's ever thought that Crestor was the problem. I feel extremely confident that Crestor in fact is the cause, because after 2 weeks of being completely off the Crestor, I have never felt better. Each day I feel better and better and the cramps are gradually subsiding. I did my own test and went back on the Crestor 5 times. Each time I started the Crestor, the cramps came back the very next day without fail. I thank each and every person who added their own comments, because it gave me the courage to take my own action by stopping the Crestor. M 59 5 years
40 mg 1X D
8/19/2010
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