Lipitor Lipator Side Effects, Statin, Tight Muscles, Perscribed, Statins
My Cardio perscribed Lipator four years ago. It did lower my cholesterol 30 points but I noticed some of the classic Lipator side effects. Intermittant dizziness, headaches and memory loss that could have been due to high bp, bp meds, internal chemical unbalance, anxiety, etc. No conclusion. ... more »
My Cardio perscribed Lipator four years ago. It did lower my cholesterol 30 points but I noticed some of the classic Lipator side effects. Intermittant dizziness, headaches and memory loss that could have been due to high bp, bp meds, internal chemical unbalance, anxiety, etc. No conclusion.
After six months or so I started having muscle spasms and then loss of strength. After about year I couldn't raise my arms level or sleep in a bed. Anti-inflamatories and analgesics helped but not enough. After several months of sleeping in a high backed chair, I was desperate. My research found the cause could have been the statin Lipator, so I went off of them. The symtoms were relieved and within two weeks they were mostly gone, except for weakened muscles which have never fully recovered.
So far that's classified as anecdotal.
After a few weeks of relief, I went back on Lipator as a test. The symptoms returned immediately. When I stopped, they were relieved again. Now that's close to proof.
Doc perscribed another statin, Pravocol. It worked and I thought we might have the answer. Several months later I developed tight muscles in my neck which I did not relate to the statins. It was a totally different muscle group. After a month or two of barely controllable headaches and neck muscle pain, I tried going off the Pravocol. Relief!
Another on/off test gave me all the proof I needed. I wrote my two doctors and told them I was off stains - permanently. After the government issued the new overly agressive guidelines of "cholesterol under 100", they wanted me to try low dose Crestor every other day. After a while I started getting similar symptoms and stopped statins forever.
What is most worrisome about all of this is the way the medical community is not recognizing the seriousness of the statin problem. When I canllenged my cardio to report it to the FDA, he refused. "It's not clinically proven." Otherwise he's a good doctor, although I've had to lecture him on the trade off between living longer at any cost and the quality of that life.
I turned 70 two months ago and lead an active life.