CRESTOR Reviews

Average Rating: 1.7 (1227 Ratings)

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 1  elevated LDL SHARP LINGERING PAIN IN THE STERNEM AND ABDOMINAL AREA THROAT FELT SWOLLEN SHORTNESS OF BREATH CAN NOT SLEEP MORE THAN 2 HRS BEFORE WAKING WITH SERVERE PAIN DRY MOUTH PAIN WHEN TAKING DEEP BREATH VERY LOW ENERGY I THOUGHT LIPITOR WAS BAD AND IT WAS I WAS UNABLE TO WALK WITHOUT PAIN DIAGNOSED WITH POSSIBLE CLOTS IN LOWER LEG I HATE TO THINK WHAT I WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH LOWER PAIN IN MY CHEST ABDOMINAL PAIN ECT SHOULD NOT BE PRESCRIBED!!!!!!!! M 51 30 days
2/21/2007
 1  yes Terrible neck and shoulder pain, biting, prickly itching between shoulder-blades, low-grade headache eventually leading to overwheming migraine, knee pain, palpitations and anxiety after about 6 doses. Stopped taking it and 8 days later low-grade headache is still present. Anxiety is gradually fading. Better to live 10 years feeling well than 30 in constant pain and anxiety. Will try non-Western alternatives. M 54 6 days
2/10/2007
 1  Elevated cholesterol Have been on Crestor since early 2004. Over time, I have experienced the following worsening symptoms, which I now attribute to Crestor. 1. Back pain which has progressed to needing PT and massage therapy. Especially bad between and under right shoulder blade to the point that I can't sleep or rest on my back; 2. Moderate insomnia. Treated with Ambien (caused 9 falls within 6 mo) which I discontinued. Now on Trazadone (an older drug previously used for depression; works great - but covering the side effects of one drug with another drug?!) 3. Extreme weakness of legs with unsteadiness and loss of balance; exercise intolerance. 4. Weakness in arms and shoulders. 5. Loss of motivation. 6. Increased irritability (which my dr. noticed...) 7. Fatigue severe enough to interfere with ordinary events. 8. Inablility to recall the "right word"; much more difficulty with crossword puzzles and memory games (speed of recall significantly affected.) 9. Unintensional weight loss. I've been on statins since the mid-90's to include Lipitor and Zocor and now, Crestor 40mg. Would LOVE to be able to discontinue the Crestor, but I suffered a minor stroke in 2003, which brought to light both my hypertension and hypercholesterolemia. So, I'm at a slightly higher risk of another stroke. I'm so angry at the behavior of drug companies. I worked in the healthcare field for 25 years and can testify to their attempts at brainwashing physicians and pharmacists. And now, it seems we can't trust anything they tell us. We all need a non-statin medical breakthrough in treating high cholesterol. M 66 2 years
2/7/2007
 1  high cholesterol Pain in my left arm from my wrist to my shoulder. Doctor said it was tennie elbow. I found a article on WeBmd that gave awarning from the FDA dated March 3, 2005. That this drug has a side effect called Rhabdomyolysis - muscle cell break down. Thsi also includes Lipitor, Pravachol and Zocor. Since taking myself off Crestor, one month, the pain is allmost gone and the leg cramps have stopped. My cholesterol may go up but I will deal with that. I am Diabetic nd my legs are not red any more. Please READ the letter I mentioned above. M 49 6 months
1/31/2007
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 1  High Cholesterol Foot pain and tendonitis after only 6 10mg doses. I am a physical therapist and have isolated my pain to the posterior tibial muscle and tendon, with the worse pain being at the insertion of the tendon on the inside part of my foot. This has persisted for 6 weeks and counting. I have been taking Mobic (anti-inflammatory med) for 3 wks but my tendonitis continues. M 47 6 days
1/26/2007
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 1  Total 249: LDL: 169, HDL: 80, During one month of taking Crestor I started having cramps in my legs, plus burning pain in my legs. I woke up with headaches (I never have headaches). On this site, one woman wrote that we can "imagine" the pain, and I felt insulted. Then I realized that She did not have side effects, so she has no real life experience. I have tried many statins with the same result. Right now the pain is so bad I'll have to stop writing soon and take the pressure of my legs. It's miserable and I'll have to stop the meds or my quality of life is nil. It's not worth it. By the way, my father lived to be 93 and my grandmother (mother's side) passed away at 91. I'm a great weight, eat well and exercise often. I would not recommend this medicine only for anyone having negative side effects. If it works for you, go for it! F 59 30 days
1/24/2007
 2  High Cholesterol headaches, neck pain, muscle aches in arms, legs, tendonitis type pains behind knees and elbows, tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath,shoulder aches, some anxiety, recall/concentration problems, arthritis type pains between thumb and first finger. Some cramping in legs and under rib cage on side of torso, general lack of stamina, loss of sexual energy, chills at night, low grade fever. (All muscle pain is now 24/7) I have been taking 20mg since 2003. Some side effects started then but I have attributed them to other causes. Now I learn that 20mg of this strongest of all statins is outrageously high (not equivalent to 20mg of other statins)! The last year, last six months,side effects are increasing in severity. I'm definately going off of this drug and hope for improvement. M 58 3 years
1/18/2007
 5  --- -- Dear Sir or Madam, I am a German journalist and I am asking for your help: I work for “Frontal 21”, an investigative political TV magazine produced by the German TV station ZDF. (learn more: zdf.de) If you are suffering or suffered from side effects of Crestor, please, help me in my efforts to prevent similar cases in Germany. I am trying to prevent the impending facilitation of drug approval in our country by reporting on cases like yours. It would assist me greatly if you contacted me by email. M
1/17/2007
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 1  high cholesterol Muscle pain and weakness, arthritic symptoms in all joints--sometimes in many places at once bilaterally. Slow recall for words I am trying to say. Extreme fatigue. I began with 10 mg. a day. Took crestor for about two years. Doctor was insistant that my sideaffects were not caused by the drug. Finally switched me to several other statin drugs, all of which I consecutively took myself off of. Same results with all of them. At first, each time I came off the drug, I improved within days. Then each time I went back on statins,then came back off, it took longer to get better. This last time, I have been off statins for a year and have not improved. I think it is too late for me. PLEASE do not continue statins if you feel it is causing serious sideaffects. There IS a point of no return with the damage. My doctor STILL disagrees!!!!! M 51 2 years
1/17/2007
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 2  Recommended for Type II diabetes AFter 7 months developed terrible flu symptoms and muscle cramping/joint pain all over my body. Low grade fever, couldn't control my body temperature. Scary!!! Symptoms won't neccesarily start right away. I felt great at first. It did help lower my bad and increase my good cholesterol levels, but don't let anyone try to give it to you unless you are getting ready to die from bad cholesterol. It is too unpredictable. F 47 9 months
1/13/2007
 5   None:):) 6 weeks ago my total cholesterol level was 269 LDL 240 HDL 49 After taking the 5 mg dose for 6 weeks my cholesterol is no 175 LDL-120 HDL 56 Trig.-71. I feel great! F 24 6 days
1/4/2007
 5   None:):) 6 weeks ago my total cholesterol level was 269 LDL 240 HDL 49 After taking the 5 mg dose for 6 weeks my cholesterol is no 175 LDL-120 HDL 56 Trig.-71. I feel great! F 24 6 weeks
1/4/2007
 3  HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND TRIGLYCERIDES I have been having stomach pain, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. It seemed anything I ate gave me this pain even though I tried to change my diet to get rid of the pain. I have had sciatica pain in my right hip and back, also. CRESTOR did lower my cholesterol to within an acceptable range. I quit taking it over a week ago and am feeling better now, almost no stomach or abdominal pain, and no diarrhea. F 55 2 years
1/3/2007
 4  High cholesterol Lack of pain; improved sleep. I suffer from both fbromalgia and osteoarthritis, and for years have been tired because I was in so much pain that I couldn't stay in bed. Since the fifth day on Crestor, I wake up entirely pain-free! Also sleep 8 - 9 hours. Too early yet to know if it's helping my cholesterol or hurting my liver(I'll be tested later this week) but otherwise, I am having strange and wonderful side effects, as noted. I don't know if these are common, but I hope to continue to take it, because I am no longer in pain. F 69 2 months
1/1/2007
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 1  elevated LDL Been off Crestor for 31/2 months and still suffering from muscle aches and joint aches and other symptoms I was perscribed 5mg Crestor and was told if you split the pill, you would not have side effects. I did do this (taking 2.5mg)and stopped after 8 months due to feeling bad. Developed a hip,sciatica pain requiring treatment from an Art speciailized chiop. Continue to have muscle aches and joint aches, burning eyes and not able to lead a normal life. Would like to know from someone who had prolonged problems-How long does this last? Would like to hear from anyone. Have been off Crestor for 31/2months! F 68 8 days
12/26/2006
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 1  High Cholesterol - level of around I have a history of chronic anxiety. It got progressively worse the longer I was on Crestor. I finally went off for a week and the anxiety improved dramatically. My doctor just doesn't believe that it is the Crestor, even though I have seen anxiety as one of the side effects in a small number of people. I have had similar problems with other statin drugs. I am looking for other alternatives to statins, including more exercise and watching my diet closer. It is not worth suffering from the anxiety to try to lower my cholesterol a few more points F 59 2 months
12/23/2006
 1  FORMER... doctor said to Muscle pain, weakness, neuropathy, depression, BLA, BLA, BLA... I FELT TERRIBLE! VERY BAD STUFF! AVOID AT ALL COSTS! 10 Months OFF and I feel 30% better M 47 6 months
12/15/2006
 1  high cholesterol severe leg cramps, tingling in my feet, exhaustion I've been on two different statins and will not take them again. I think these side effects are underreported and should be seriously researched. Most people I talk to are having the same problems. F 55 6 months
12/1/2006
 3  High chloesterol For the first 4-6 weeks, I had no side effected,then around 6-8 weeks, I began to experience joint pain, especially in my hips. After about 2-3 months, I stopped taking this drug. My doctor now has me trying another one (Zetia) The good part is that it did dramatically decrease my lipids to a range that is acceptable. F 40 3 months
11/28/2006
 4  high cholesterol none so far really needed to get on something. I'm taking the 5 mg dosage. total cholesterol- 269; LDL-240; HDL-49. Hope I continue to feel good on it. F 24 2 days
11/15/2006
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