CRESTOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.7 (1227 Ratings)

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 2  High Lp(a) levels--lipoprotein a Overall, I just didn't feel like myself. It took about 7 months when I was having some mild stomach nausea and diarrhea, which I thought was an intestinal bug that I could not shake. My bowel movements began to burn and it felt like I was passing fire. When I stopped taking Crestor, it cleared up. Of course I still thought it was a bug and I began taking Crestor again a week later. The diarrhea started again but I didn't let it get to a burning point when I stopped the Crestor again. I still thought the virus might still be present. After I felt better, I started Crestor again and the symptoms started about a week later. I also had pain in both my shoulders and was experiencing some difficulty in concentrating and my mind never seemed to be completely clear. In addition, I was having mild trouble with both my long and short-term memory. I was also experiencing a loss of motivation to do things around my home and was feeling constantly tired. This is the first website that I found wher Although I experienced some side effects, it did drive my cholesterol levels down considerably; however, for me, the side effects are not worth it.I have to try some other medication. M 55 7 days
4/15/2007
 1  High cholesterol After 2 days of taking Crestor, developed chronic pain in right heel. Day 4 pain developed in other heel. Days 5-10 developed fever as high as 103.5 and thought I had the flu. Day 11: severe joint and muscle pain in hands, wrist, elbows and knees. Missed several days of work when I never miss work. Quit taking drug on day 12. Still have joint pain and fever after quitting drug 2 days ago. Looking forward to getting Crestor of my system and will actively pursue natural ways of reducing my LDL cholesterol. M 42 11 days
4/15/2007
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 1  high cholesterol headaches. I contstantlly wake up with severe headache's which I never have previously, I do not reccomend "crestor" to ANYONE! that is concidering this dangerous statin drug. M 55 30 days
4/13/2007
 5  Genetic high cholesterol Muscle ache at the beginning but that phased away after a couple of days. Wierd dreams definitely. My mother has wierd dreams too, but she's also on cholesterol meds Zocor. Not sure if this due to the drug though.... My cholesterol at 8 point something and 5mg took it down to 2 something. It's doing the job, but I do agree that I can't stand living my life depending on a pill. It sucks. I'm 25 5'10" and weigh 155 lbs - this shouldn't be affecting me. I've been on this med since I was 21. F 25 4 years
4/11/2007
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 5  genetically high cholesterol extreme constipation; I took multiple fiber supplements, consumed a lot of fiber in my diet, and the only way I could ever have a bowel movement was with a stimulant laxative. Before my body got addicted to laxatives, I stopped taking them and the Crestor, as well. I just want to deficate like a normal person! My cholesterol is strictly genetic. I am a vegetarian and very healthy, yet I was stricken with my family's cholesterol issue. Considering my young age, you'd think this shouldn't be a concern for me yet! I was only 20 years old when I decided to have my cholesterol tested, knowing the problem in my family. My test came back at 387, with an amazing HDL level and very low triglycerides, proving that what I do is great and what my body does on it's own is not! I tried to improve my levels naturally with tons of supplements and whatnot and got no improvement. At age 21, I gave in and started a medication. My doctor put me on 5 mg of Crestor and I was tested 1 month later. My number went from 387 to 118. They told me they'd never seen such a drastic improvement. I took Crestor for a year until I could no longer stand the constipation. It clearly worked great, but the misery from never having a bowel movement is not worth it at this point. F 23 1 years
4/10/2007
 1  High cholesterol I first took Zocor and ended up with severe diarrhea so then I was put on Crestor. The first couple of months everything seemed okay and it really dropped my numbers. Then I started experiencing nighttime stomachaches and severe bloating. A couple of times I thought I must be having a heart attack because the pain radiated to the back and down the arm. Then the loose bowels started in, felt like I was passing acid. After reading other reports now I realize more than likely my insomnia was part of it and the memory loss. I had the severe neck pain also. For a while I kept telling myself that I must have some intestinal bug or I must have twisted my neck wrong but nothing was going away so one day I just stop taking the pills and within 24 hours was much better and 48 hours later I have relatively no stomach and bowel pain. My doctor agreed that I should go off it and try for a while to control my cholesterol with other methods. F 59 3 months
4/9/2007
 2  High Cholesterol Soreness in left arm and a little in leg, kinda heavy feeling, numb. It all came along with beginning of taking this drug and the docs say I am fine from a health standpoint. I have seen several since as I was really spooked anf paranoid. I have a stress test to further comfort myself later in the week to assure my heart is fine like they say. I also felt heavy anxiety, tiredness, a do not care attitude. I was taking 10 mg and it did reduce my cholesterol and the tests showed no damge to my liver, kidneys and muscles. But I felt/feel horrible. I hope I can control my chol. through diet and excercise (although since popping the first pill I haven't seen a gym), if not I may try another brand or take my chances living a great feeling life. Prior to I made the gym about 3 times a week. I am curious how long it may take to get the statin out of my body after I stop taking it. My arm feels alot better, but not yet perfect and I am still popping a few anxiety pill when I feel like I need them most. That typically relieves all my ill feelings. M 33 35 days
4/6/2007
 1  high cholesterol and trriglycerides muscle wasting, excrutiating back and righ scapular pain-muscle ripped right from the bone; bizarre dreams; flu-like symptoms these side effects were for 10 mg doasge-felt side effects early on and dismissed them. do not do this!!!!!!!! this is a heinous drug!!! Use niacin, aged garlic and red yeast rice instead. F 43 60 days
4/5/2007
 4  High Cholesterol Acute Anxiety The 10mg a day of Crestor that my Doctor put me on has reduced my bad Cholesterol by nearly 80%, but my good cholesterol is still a few points below where it needs to be. After having been on it for 10 months without any complaints I had a pretty severe anxiety attack and went to the ER thinking I was having problems with my heart. The ER doc said the only abnormal thing was the blood in my artery was too high in Oxygen and too low in CO2, which = hyperventilation. They found nothing abnormal in any of the other blood work or the x-rays, everything was fine I am told. What is odd for me about having had the anxiety attack is that I work in a very high stress atmosphere where I cope and excel better than most any of my peers. So for me to have a problem of that nature is very disconcerting. I am seeing my regular doctor for a follow up in a few days and plan to inquire about what a friend of mine in the medical field suggested: I may finally be having a reaction to the Crestor. M 32 10 months
3/28/2007
 1  Borderline cholesterol Extreme, almost non-stop anxiety, tremors, difficulties in maintaining balance, cognitive disturbances, loss of ability to concentrate and reason, weakness on left side, brain shivers,zaps in the back of my head, constantly stuffed up nose and ears, dizziness, insomnia (even when completely exhausted), nightmares, weight gain and a general feeling of being ill all the time. Symptoms crept up on me very slowly. I had been taking Crestor for about 8 months and the doctor nor I even suspected the drug. After various testing, he said it was stress. But the symptoms kept getting worse and eventually it got so bad I became a semi-invalid. Finally, when searching online for a possible connection to the drug because of my continuing unexplained weight gain, I came across a site where people complained of similar problems while taking this and other statins. I stopped the drug immediately and that was 8 months ago. Slowly, I started feeling better, although it took about 6 months before I could return to a half-way normal life. I still get occassional brain shivers and zaps, but that's usually when I'm feeling tired or stressed. This is a very dangerous drug and doctors apparently are just not educated enough as to their serious side effects. Mine got angry when I told him I had stopped taking it since he thought I needed an increase in doseage because my choleste F 59 18 months
3/28/2007
 1  6.5 ratio muscle pain, blood work showed CK level at over 22000, doctor advised me high CK level indicates blood now contains muscle fibre and if not treated will cause kidney problems. 5 mg of Crestor for several months. Had to stop taking Crestor and immediately drink large amounts of water however CK still high after several days then had to receive fluids by IV for two days. CK back to normal after several weeks. M 54 4 months
3/28/2007
 1  6.5 ratio muscle pain, blood work showed CK level at over 22000, doctor advised me high CK level indicates blood now contains muscle fibre and if not treated will cause kidney problems. 5 mg of Crestor for several months. Had to stop taking Crestor and immediately drink large amounts of water however CK still high after several days then had to receive fluids by IV for two days. CK back to normal after several weeks. M 54 4 years
3/28/2007
 1  High Cholesterol Muscle pain in all large muscles, and shoulders M 52 90 days
3/26/2007
 5  VERY high cholest + trigicerides None !! This is about Crestor 5mg. I have tried Lipitor, Zetia, Fenofibrate, and some other one I forget the name. All were like major poison to me. I did NOT want to try Crestor from the bad info, but my Dr's over the years all said my cholest was crazy high and I have to get it down. I reluctantly tried it. IT WORKED. But I still am leary of it, and would rather not take meds. TRY THE 5MG DOSAGE !!! The others are too strong. This gave me NO side effects, and OMG, my cholest numbers actually went into the normal range within a month. That has NEVER happened to me before. I'm actually taking this 5mg dose with no effect, and it's working. I stopped taking it for 2 months, to see what would happen without telling my Dr. When I had my blood ttest, my Dr called me at home saying something is wrong as my cholest shot up again. I was embarrassed to say I stopped taking it. I'm back on it, again no side effects, and my numbers went down. It freaks me out, but it actually works for me. I am watching it closely, as I don't trust any of these meds, but so far, it's worked. M 45 8 months
3/25/2007
 1  moderately high cholesterol After taking Crestor for two months I developed intense muscle cramps, mostly in my calf muscles. Soon I was having muscle cramps everywhere. Stopped taking the drug immediately, but am still having cramps and muscle pain, mostly in my legs, and also tingling in my lower legs. This has gone on for nearly four months. Have been tested for any muscle damage, and all is normal. Physicians need to be aware that these side effects can last a really long time and not just assume that if the symptoms don't go away immediately upon stopping the drug then they must be because of something else. F 62 3 months
3/24/2007
 2  HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND TRIGLYCERIDES Extreme tiredness - So much so, I cant get out of bed in time for work. No kidding. I find my self having a hard time getting to sleep - and then once I do, I can sleep for 12+ hours. During the day I feel mostly ok. My first blood check after 6 weeks show major improvement. Then 6 weeks later my numbers were back up. I hadnt missed a dose. I am now being put on Zetia in addition to Crestor and I have never felt more sleepy in the morning. M 36 4 months
3/13/2007
 1  High Colesterol I started taking 10 mg Crestor in June 2005..By July 2005, I had went from 138 lbs to 127 lbs.! ( I was eating but apetite not great) and in hte next 2 months I hit skinny 121 lbs..I was never able to gain a pound since then. ( 21 months) .I had never had any weight problems previous. I am middle aged..Small frame but look anorexic and sickly.. I eat lots now but at first had minimal apetite! Anyone out there any suggestions. I was on 10 mg Crestor for about 8 months before I noticed I was in pain in joints! It got so bad I quit.. Thw weight loss was a total turn off also...!!!I tried Lipitor it not as bad. F 57 8 months
3/11/2007
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 1  High Colesterol I started taking 10 mg Crestor in June 2005..By July 2005, I had went from 138 lbs to 127 lbs.! ( I was eating but apetite not great) and in hte next 2 months I hit skinny 121 lbs..I was never able to gain a pound since then. ( 21 months) .I had never had any weight problems previous. I am middle aged..Small frame but look anorexic and sickly.. I eat lots now but at first had minimal apetite! Anyone out there any suggestions. I was on 10 mg Crestor for about 8 months before I noticed I was in pain in joints! It got so bad I quit.. Thw weight loss was a total turn off also...!!!I tried Lipitor it not as bad. F 57 8 months
3/11/2007
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 1  high LDLs Terrible headaches that kept getting worse; agitation and vivid dreams joint aches, all over bad feeling, just not myself My physician responded as though I was the only one reporting these kind of effect. I knew I could not be that unique. I've not had any reation to drugs before. Why aren't we getting information? This drug has to be dangerous. If your body reacts that bad. Don't take it. Quality of life is more important to me. F 62 1.5 months
2/28/2007
 1  slightly elevated LDL Extreme neck muscle pain radiating to my shoulders and back beginning about 2 weeks ago, getting worse almost daily. Doctor recommended stopping crestor immediately. 10mg daily dosage, began 11/1/2006. M 35 120 days
2/25/2007
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