CRESTOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.7 (1227 Ratings)

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 1  high cholestorol I have extreme pain in all of the following joints & muscles...fingers, wrists, hands, shoulders and knees. I have been having trouble with my short term memory and cannot sleep. I have been off of this horrible drug for almost 2 weeks now and still feel terrible! I have swelling in my thumbs and middle fingers of each hand. I can barely type this on the computer! I feel and have been feeling as if I have the flu. I was just recovering from a total knee replacement and this drug has been worse than the surgery! I am presently taking strong prescription pain killers that I had left over from my surgery. Without these pain killers, I cannot even walk, sleep, or move my hands. If anyone out there has experienced these symptoms...please e-mail me and tell me how long it takes to recover from the effects of this dangerous drug??!?? I have been to a doctor already. He tells me that it can take 2-3 weeks to get it out of my system--well...it has been almost 2 weeks and I seem to I took Crstor, 20mgs, for approx. 30 days. Then I ran out and didn't re-fill the script for about 30 days because it was soooo expensive. I just started it again about 17 days ago..but stopped after I had taken it for just 4 days because I woke up on the 5th day with this horrible pain and swelling in my hand, fingers and shoulders. F 58
8/4/2007
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 1  to lower my colesterol Over a few months(no problem in the beginning), I slowly developed a lot of severe joint and muscle pain in my legs. My legs felt like lead weights, and going up a couple of flights of stairs left me breathing extremely hard, it felt like my heart was going to bust.The pain in my knees was so extreme,I was afraid of falling on my face with every step. I was having a hard time going to the bathroom(#2) and became a gas factory. I saw the orthopaedic surgeon about the joint pain and he was thinking back or arhtritis. Quiting the drug has cleared most of my problems up.I still have a limp in my left leg and some pain in the joints and muscles of both legs. It has only been a week and I hope the rest of the pain goes away soon. This drug is dangerous for some people, extremely so because the problems appear late and are confused with another problem in the body. Especially when the prescribing doctor is not doing proper monitoring and is not educated enough on the effects of these statin drugs. M 54 4 months
7/28/2007
 2  elevated cholesterol Very effective in lowering LDL but after taking 10mg Crestor for 4 months I began to experience various severe muscle pains, especially in right calf and foot. Mild to severe muscle pain between my shoulder blades and spine occassionally wakes me up and is only relieved during medium to heavy resistance training. After one year on this dosage I had begun to experience pain in my sacro-iliac joints and some sharp pain in my left hip. I have discontinued use. Surely there are effective alternatives to these statins. Using them just substitutes one bad situation for another. Who wants to live like this? At least I could sleep with elevated cholesterol. M 57 13 days
7/26/2007
 1  high cholesterol memory loss, and extreme muscle pain and fatigue i do not recommend this drug at all F 50 2 years
7/24/2007
 1  high cholesterol Weight gain, confusion, bad dreams, pain in left chest, insomnia, irritable, hard to concentrate, out of breath, bad memmory, extreme anxiety, tired, airplane ears, depression On crestor 10mg just over one year. I have gained 20 pounds with no diet change, actually eating less. Unexplained confusion and lack of concentration with tasks that I could normally do with no problems. Bad vivid dreams, in one dream I was kicking a witch that was under my bed and woke to my wife screaming for me to stop kicking her leg (this is not a joke). Pain on left side of chest that doctors could not explain. Extreme anxiety for which I am now taking medication for. Memmory at times is so bad that I have had arguments with family members about items that I had no recolection that I had moved or put away myself and thought that they put away without my knowing, leadng me to search the entire house (happens on regular basis). Sometimes out of breath especially when talking. Have been hospitalized due to extreme shortness in breath, anxiety and pain in chest, thought that it was a heart attack, had every cardio test done under the sun, all perfect. Cardiologists says heart is fin M 35 1 years
7/21/2007
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 1  High cholesterol Many of the same side effects already posted. Thanks to everyone who took the time to post. I was on 10mg for approximately 9 months when I started experiencing the same side effects as many others have already posted(diarrhea, tiredness, muscle aches, etc.). I eventually took myself off this medication and consulted with my doctor who strongly agreed. I documented the gradual decline of the symptoms I was experiencing. In my case, after discontinuing the use of Crestor 10mg, it took 76 days before I began to feel normal again and I have no more signs of the side effects of this drug. I have been prescribed 5mg of Simvastatin (Zocor) but I am very apprehensive about starting another statin drug. M 56 9 months
7/16/2007
 1  SLIGHTLY HIGH CHOL. EXTREME TIREDNESS, ACHY MUSCLES AND FELT LIKE THE FLU, A SLIGHT HEADACHE ALL THE TIME, INSOMNIA--COULDNT FALL ASLEEP, CONFUSION AND MEMORY LOSS--COULDNT CONSENTRATE OR REMEMBER NAMES. BECAME WITHDRAWN FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS, EMOTIONAL. HAD SURGERY 8 WEEKS AGO TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE. I FELT WONDERFUL UNTIL DR. PUT ME ON 5MG. CRESTOR. GRADUALLY OVER NEXT 7 DAYS I BEGAN TO NOTICE SYMPTOMS. HAVE NOT CHANGED ANY OR MEDS., SO THIS HAS TO BE THE CAUSE. STOPPED TAKING THIS **** TODAY. DID NOT GO THROUGH SURGERY AND RECOVERY TO FEEL HORRIBLE BECAUSE OF A SLIGHTLY HIGH CHOL.LEVEL. WILL TRY HERBS MY MIL IS TAKING. F 34 7 days
7/14/2007
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 2  high colesterol I started taking crestor 2/15/07 and even though it has done wonders to bring my colesterol down to an excellent level it has made me loose over 20 pounds in the last 5 months, recently I started to fell very week at times, extremely tired and depressed. My job envolves a lot of physical work, I read somewhere tht maybe it is not a good idea to take this because of this. I have stopped taking for the last 4 days and are slowly starting to feel better, anyone else out there with similar problems? pls email M 47 5 months
7/6/2007
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 1  High cholesterol Severe pain in shoulders - unable to sleep through the night. Also daily diarrhea. M 40 6 days
7/6/2007
 1  High Colesterol Extreme pain in right thigh and calf. After taking Crestor a few weeks I experienced extreme pain and weakness in my right leg; painful to climb stairs and painful to walk while playing golf. After reading that Crestor can cause muscle damage I decided to stop taking it. In just a few days the pain was gone. At the next doctor's appt I told him what I had experienced and that I was not taking the drug. He was skeptical that the drug caused the pain because it was only in one leg. He suggested trying Lipitor and I reluctantly agreed. After leaving his office with samples I took one pill. By that night I was in extreme pain again so I have not had another. I do think there was permanent damage in that leg. It is weaker and aches after walking for long periods. I think there are a lot of people experiencing the same symptoms and do not realize it is the statins they are taking. The doctors don't seem to want to admit that these drugs are causing these side effects. F 62 3 months
7/4/2007
 2  High cholesterol Memory loss after being on med for a year. Couldn't think of names, words, everyday conversation became issue. Didn't realize Crestor might effect memory. Was on Crestor 5mg for 1+ year. Had other side effects that came about same time, pain in back, right side, lower legs. Doctor advised to stop taking. It's been 2 months, memory is back to normal. Took about 6 weeks before memory recovered. Crestor did lower my cholesterol to normal levels. Previously 265 or higher. But no where in literature I'd found did it mention problems with memory (until I checked askapatient). M 45 14 months
7/2/2007
 2   Foot pain! Seems to move around from toes to ankle to top off the foot to heel. Not sure if it's the Crestor but seems like many others have similar symptoms. Have not checked cholestoral levels yet to see if it's down but even if it is, I'd rather be able to walk! M 51 4 months
6/28/2007
 1  High Cholesterol Severe Diarrhea, memory loss, general lethargic feeling. Sometimes extreme anxiety occurred. My Cholesterol count was 288, it's been high for several years, but I'd rather die than have to take this pill for life. My weight is 165lbs. While I was on it I didn't notice any side effects until the last few weeks I was taking it, and I could not eat anything because of severe stomach ache and diarrhea. 24 hours after stopping, I already feel better with alot more energy. M 40 30 days
6/27/2007
 2  high cholesterol Severe fatigue, depression and apathy, memory problems, loss of mental acuity. I had been on 10 mgs. of Crestor for at least 2 years without problems. My cholesterol levels climbed again and my Dr. raised the Crestor to 20 mgs. Since then I have been so tired I don't want to get out of bed, nearly fall asleep driving to and from work, and am so depressed I have suicidal thoughts. I am thinking about reducing my dosage myself to see if the side effects lesson. My cholesterol is sky high-over 300-but I have no signs of heart disease or blockages and my blood pressure is fine. F 53 3 years
6/22/2007
 1  high cholesterol Severe muscle pain in calves, hands, arms and especially in my feet, making it difficult and painful to walk. Heaviness in my legs. General feeling of fatigue and malaise. Dr. switched me to Crestor after I experienced the same symptoms on Zocor during which CPK test confirmed problems. These drugs lowered my cholesterol to an acceptable level but the side effects are intolerable. F 51 3 months
6/21/2007
 2  high cholesterol level Stuffiness in ears. Felt like blood would rush to my head when I got up from a sitting position. Had a bad spell of vertigo that lasted the whole day. Also have experienced jittery feeling like on speed. I stopped taking it two nights ago, but still experience a moving sensation like walking on an airplane. Hoping it will end soon. Cholesterol level dropped tremendously from 281 to 152 and LDL from 196 to 70 after only two months. I was pleased, but realize even on 5mg, the medicine must be too potent to make such a drastic change in so little time. F 56 3 months
6/12/2007
 1  High cholesterol Anxiety, depression, mental confusion, falling, shoulder pain, insomnia, loss of balance and exhaustion. thought I was going crazy. Terrible physical and mental deterioration. my cholesterol is good, but I feel like I'm dying and sometimes want to. M 61 1 years
6/12/2007
 1  High cholesterol After about 6 months or so, I noticed a lot of pain in my ankle joints, then muscular pains and discomfort in my legs. Now, my fingers are having the same kind of pain as my legs... After reading what others say about Crestor, I will stop taking the medication today and see my doctor next month to try other alternatives. F 37 8 months
6/11/2007
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 3  high cholesterol After six weeks of taking it, I experienced severe midback and neck pain and abdominal pain. Seems connected to taking 5mgs of Crestor. I am currently not taking it due to this. Also my urine was very dark and cloudy. the pain seems to be lessening since I have stopped. I will say though that it brought my triglycerides and choleterol down to normal levels. Even six months on an entirely vegan diet couldn't do that. M 58 9 weeks
6/9/2007
 1  High Cholesterol Severe headache, loss of short term memory, impotence, wierd dreams, I have taken every kind of cholesterol medication. The previous ones caused muscle weakness and pain in legs. The side effects with crestor are different, but not worth taking it. M 50 3 weeks
6/7/2007
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