VYTORIN Reviews

Average Rating: 2.4 (56 Ratings)

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 1  High cholesterol I have RSD,Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, it causes severe pain. When I took Vytorin the pain that i have increased in my thighs of both legs was unbearable. It made my RSD symptoms triple. I had tried Lipitor and Crestor and had the same thing happen. When I stopped the meds my RSD symptoms and pain went back to my managed level. I can not take these kind of drugs. Living with a chronic pain disease like RSD is hard enough without putting more gas on the fire. I'm not taking anymore of this type of drug. Vytorin increased my pain to be unbearable to live with. I also had nausea and headaches. F 59 4 days
10mg/40mg
10/6/2016
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 5  High cholesterol and low HDL None My cholesterol levels plummeted. LDL went from 130 to 75, HDL went from 39 to 46, overall cholesterol dropped to 135 with no change in diet or exercise M 54 4 years
40 1X D
3/16/2014
 1  High Cholesterol I was on this drug 2 different times. The first time I took it,it lowered the cholesterol and no side effects. Dr.took me off. Then 2-3 yrs.later,Diab. Dr. put me back on it. I took 40 mg @ bedtime, in the middle of the night I would have horrific leg cramps from my thigh all the way to my toes.( Both legs). They would last as long as 4-5 hours. Next day, legs and feet would feel like I ran a marathon. F 48 2 times
40 Mg
10/6/2013
 1  High Cholesterol Had no problems until I started Vytorin! Took it for two weeks and had major pains all over my body the whole time. Eyes swelled up. I stopped taking it. As soon as I stopped taking it I got really bad AFib and chest pains! Went to ER. Doc says I have AFib now. Never had this before. Now I am scared to death to try and sleep at night. Feels like my heart is going to stop. I have no insurance so I can't afford any treatment. I'm a dead man. Please don't take Vytorin! M 50 1 days
9/1/2013
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 1  Cholesterol I have been experienceing extreme lower back pain. I had a kidney infection years ago while in Montreal vacationing - worst pain in my life. This feels alot like a kidney infection. Can hardly get out of bed or tie my shoes withoutmajor lower back pain. Why so many side effects? Who knows what other damage this stuff is doing to people! Ridiculously expensive! I was paying less than $10 with my United Healthcare plan for Simvastitin, now pay $150 for same 30 day prescription! M 52 12 days
40mg 1X D
2/1/2013
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 1  high Cholesterol---heart attack Extreme pains in oesophegal area,stomach pains, extreme gas ,diahorrea,nausea,headaches,muscle pains in back and chest No problems before taking Vytorin,was on Crestor, and one month after Vytorin being taken all these problems began to arise-----never felt worse in my life---in fact doctors are unsure what is wrong --test after test,but i feel Vytorin is the culprit. M 74 1.5 years
40 1X D
5/18/2012
 2  Taken for cholesterol.. I felt very heavy in my legs. Constantly moving them. Do you know when you put a chile in your mouth how hot it is. Well my chest felt like that. Like it was in flamed. I only took it once before bed. But I was lying there feeling like I had to move alot because I felt so heavy and constantly drinking water. I dont know what to think of this medication its only been a night, but I am afraid to continue this medication. F 57 1 days
10-20mg
5/10/2012
 1  high chol I used vytorin for 4 months and started to lose my hair. i didn't know it was casuing my hair loss. I'm balding and have very thin hair now. F 62
30 mg 1X D
3/21/2012
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 2  High Chloristal Nerve pain around teeth and face. Bad nerve pain in the face going up to the temple, and around the teeth. I've had three bouts with this, coming off the meds and it goes away. going back on and it comes back. Started with pravachol being doubled. Swithced to Vytorin and it was OK for about a year then came back. Cut dose in half and that worked for about a year. M 76 3 years
10-20 1X D
2/3/2012
 3  Cholestorol muscle pain, confusion, trouble breathing. Chest and rib pain (muscular). insomnia. I used this for many years without issue. it lowered my chol count. Triggered a severe reaction after taking generic antibiotic. Took several months for the doctor to suspect it was vytorin. I have been off it for 1.5 weeks now and muscle pain is going away. breathing is getting better. I still cannot sleep yet but I have been getting more (about 4 hours last night). M 38 10 years
1X D
9/28/2011
 5  Lower cholestral I'm not aware of any side effects. It is expensive, however. It has kept my cholestral down consistantly way below the amount they want you to be concerned about F 84 10 years
70 mg 1X D
5/11/2011
 5  High Chol., by pass 20 years ago none working well M 70 6 years
1X D
2/16/2011
 1  high cholesterol and LDL Muscle pain in legs, very tight feeling in calves, some momery loss, and gain some weight. I took quite low dose Vytorin for about two months. Vytorin did reduce my cholesterol from 198 to 145, and reduced my LDL from 120 to 77 in two months. But the medicine has had very bad side effects. After 3-4 weeks I quitted to take it, my weight was back to normal, most of my muscle pain reduced. M 71 60 days
10 MG 1X D
2/11/2011
 5  high cholesterol Minor muscle problems. This did very good with lowering my cholesterol. It did not lower my triglycerides. I noticed minor muscle cramps but it may not have been from the Vytorin. I was taken off of it when it had gotten bad press in the news and put on Crestor (Crestor didn't help and only caused major problems). So I recently requested to be put back on Vytorin. F 50 3 years
10/80 mg 1X D
1/13/2011
 1  Atrial fibrillation A FIB Severe Mental confusion, memory loss, forgetting words, days, driving functions, aggression, verbal abuse, severe back and muscle pain. recently diagnosed with Mild Dementia due to my reactions (and actions) to this drug went to 1 tab every other day, now 0 tabs for the past week, diagnose for Mild Dementia reversed, all of my symptoms listed above seem to be disappearing a little more each day, I had no mind of my own and decided that this med is a death sentence for some people! Now knowing that some of the side-effects can cause permanent damage, research VYTORIN (and all Statins) on the Web, there are tens of thousands out there for whom this drug does much more harm than good. New Vytorin Tests indicate increased risk of Cancer. All Statins will be the next major drug scandal. M 79 2 years
40/10 1X D
12/26/2010
 3  High Cholesterol / Triglycerides Muscle Pain About one year ago I began to have feeling of pain in muscles of both feet on standing. Visit to Podiatrist gave me diagnosis of arthritis. Suffered with pain. About eight months later, began having severe pain in my back. MD told me to stop Vytorin. I did and "lo and behold after two weeks NO pain in feet. Back pain is slowly resolving. If pain in back does not resolve within the next three months, I will be suspect of the Diovan I am also taking. F 66 3 years
10-20 1X D
11/9/2010
 4  high cholesterol none take one every other day. significantly reduced cholesterol levels M 63 2 years
1X O
9/30/2010
 4  cholesterol F 56 5 years
1040 1X D
6/22/2010
 4  Lower cholesterol None F 65 100 weeks
20 mg 1X D
5/14/2010
 1  high cholesterol and LDL myalgia (muscle pain) in legs, very heavy and tight feeling in calves and thighs, initially thought it was in knee joints but turned out to be muscle pains I thought it was arthritis and so did my cardiologist. Finally saw a specialist who said muscle pains are common with statins, especially at higher doses. He suggested stopping for several months, not weeks. I found medical journal articles that said incidence of myalgia is more like 5-15%, not the 1-2% found in the literature that comes with the drugs. My CK level was elevated but in normal range, so my cardiologist did not believe it was the statin. I also found journal articles that showed that the CK test can be NORMAL with mild to severe myalgia caused by statins. (I fired my cardiologist!!) After I stopped Vytorin, the pains disappeared after about 3 months. M 64 6 months
80/10 1X D
2/16/2010
  

VYTORIN  (EZETIMIBE; SIMVASTATIN):  This combination medication is used along with a proper diet to help lower "bad" cholesterol and fats (such as LDL, triglycerides) and raise "good" cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. Ezetimibe works by reducing the amount of cholesterol your body absorbs from your diet. Simvastatin belongs to a group of drugs known as "statins." It works by reducing the amount of cholesterol made by the liver. In addition to eating a proper diet (such as a low-cholesterol/low-fat diet), other lifestyle changes that may help this medication work better include exercising, losing weight if overweight, and stopping smoking. Consult your doctor for more details. Lowering "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides and raising "good" cholesterol decreases the risk of heart disease and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks.   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)

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