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Statins and Other Lipid-lowering Medicines

Also known as Atorvastatin, Cholesterol Level, Ezetimibe, Familial Hypercholesterolaemia, Hyperlipidaemia, Lipid-lowering Medicines, Pravastatin, Rosuvastatin, Simvastatin

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    I am trying to get referred to get genetically tested for FH so that my family can start the cascading tests. I have been diagnosed for FH. My GP has said not to bother! I contacted Heart UK and they have informed me about the NICE guidelines for FH genetic testing. Have anybody else been in this …

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  • Pravastatin and GERD?

    My doctor put me on 20mg of Pravastatin. The first thing I noticed is that my BP dropped like a rock after a couple of weeks, probably a coincidence? But now I have terrible Acid Reflux that no amount of PPis will stop. I've had Acid Reflux for 18 years, but it has always been kept in check by …

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  • statins

    Started on 20 mg statins after high cholesterol ( several years) reading after annual check up.  After one month on them i have zero energy and have gained several pounds - not really dieting though.  Should i discuss with doctor or take longer?  no energy and brain fog as well. …

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  • FH

    I am trying to get referred to get genetically tested for FH so that my family can start the cascading tests. I have been diagnosed for FH. My GP has said not to bother! I contacted Heart UK and they have informed me about the NICE guidelines for FH genetic testing. Have anybody else been in this …

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  • Statins Side Effects

    How long does it take after stopping statins for the side effects to wear off? I have been taking them for several years and experience increasing physical and mental fatigue and achy muscles. I have come to suspect the 20mg per day I am taking for mildly high cholesterol. My doctor suggests …

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  • Very high cholesterol and pregnant :(

    I was diagnosed with familial hypocholesterolemia 8 years ago. My cholesterol was at 5.6 until around a year ago when it started creeping up, it is now at just under 12 and I am unable to take statins as I am pregnant (7 months gone). I am incredibly worried both for baby and myself. How long can …

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  • Very high cholesterol and pregnant :(

     I was diagnosed with familial hypocholesterolemia 8 years ago. My cholesterol was at 5.6 until around a year ago when it started creeping up, it is now at just under 12 and I am unable to take statins as I am pregnant (7 months gone). I am incredibly worried both for baby and myself. How long …

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  • ATORVASTATIN and severe muscle pain

    Hello.  I was taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) for 3 months before I started to get SEVERE muscle pain in my right arm to the point where suddenly, I could not left my arm or hold a cup without having severe pain.  I stopped taking the statin.  I've been off it now for 8 days.   …

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  • Brain Fog And Fatigue

    Hello, first time here. I am hypothyroid, taking the meds and my levels are normal range. Yet I am still fatigued and foggy brained. I started on statins a few years back and around that time is when the fatigue gradually began. (I should explain that prior to that I was hypothyroid for a lot of …

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  • Borderline high cholesterol. Put on statin. Is it necessary?

    Hi guys. So my doctor told me I can't do anything about my cholesterol levels and that I would have to be on statin for life. Is this even possible? I have changed my lifestyle and I actively exercise prior to this finding. I took 4 blood tests this year. I am 31 and weigh 121 and am 5'2 …

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  • Treatment with Ezetrol is it safe?

    I have taken Ezetrol for approximately 7 years having had considerable problems with statins and leg pain. 3 years ago I began to have sensations of heat and nerve pain in my legs . I was , a year later, sent to a neurologist but no determination of the cause was found. I also had a Doppler to …

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  • Atorvastatin and Fatigue Problems

    Hi All - I was taking Atorvastatin for fourteen months when I felt a type of cramp below my neck and inbetween my shoulders. No pain, but it shook me up. Only lasted a couple of seconds. A few days after, I got tingling down my arms and in my fingertips and thereafter fatigue, sometimes extreme. …

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  • HDL too high?

    Does anybody know what would be considered too high for HDL? I keep reading articles that suggest that having extremely high HDL can be dangerous. I am in Canada and mine are 258

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  • Cessation of Atorvastatin

    Stopped atorvastatin about 3 weeks ago, had peripheral neuropathy, sweats, memory problems etc etc. Side effects have actually seemed to get a bit worse since I stopped taking it. And I now have depression as well. Do these symptoms get worse before they get better after you stop taking it? G.P. …

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  • Can we lower cholesterol through diet?

    In Dec 2017, I cut out milk, breads/pita and eggs​. I also started to use more flax and added chia seeds. My weight has been steady at around 150. (Male, age 66) Friday Apr 20th, I had another lab test. My doctor ​had ​wanted to put me on statins ​ for 'high' cholesterol​, but I …

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  • So Worried

    3 years ago I used to eat massive amounts of chocolate, and I mean massive amounts, I was also drinking 12 units of alcohol every day, along with 2-3 cans of Coca Cola. My cholesterol was extremely high and this doctor prescribed me statins which I did not take because I have read they have serious …

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  • Excess Cholesterol, Urgent Action Required

    I am over 60 years old, enjoy cheese, butter, pork pies, a couple of bottles of red wine at the weekend and  surprise, surprise after a recent blood test I was called in to see my doctor.  She explained all about excess cholesterol, mine is 7.1, and the effects on my body.  I am …

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  • medications that effect vitamins /minenerals

     hi , should doctors recommend taking some form of vitamins/minerals when they take medication , q10 for statins ,zinc for ace inhibitors , ext ext , some of the medications cause more harm than good , aspirin low dose ,  

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  • At the end of my rope!

    Hello everyone.  Here is a brief history of my problem.  I am 53, male, 5'9 and currently 180 lbs.  My past medical history was 1- type 2 diabetes, 2 High cholesterol (which I will break down soon), Hypertensiion,  I was taking Metformin, Ramipril, Lipitor, ASA, Ezetimbide.&# …

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  • Hydroxymethylbutyrate/ hmb

    hi could taking HMB help with muscle loss due to taking Statins.,or take the aches in calves and legs away .i can't find anything on google that tells me about statin recovery from taking HMB ,  

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  • Rosuvastatin

    This thread is by no means advice just my stent story which may help others or give them hope. I'm 64, stented and Just had two-years of hell on Atorvastatin and Clopidogrel after a stent was fitted. Briefly, i was a handy marathon runner but this all went pear-shaped after having to take this …

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  • d'ribose could it help with effects of statins.

    hi , could d'ribose help with the myopathy caused by taking statins , i can't find much on the NET about d'ribose , but what i found out sounds ok , i been taking these statins for years now plus blood pressure meds , and they have taken their toll  , 

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  • statins are important for health

    hello, i have been reading a lot regarding statins and its side effects.  I have been taking off and on for the past four years in fear. My sister was also diagnosed with familial high cholesterol and was taking statins for a short time then stopped for the past three years or so. she has now …

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  • More Muscle Pain

    Been off the Atorvastatin now for just over a month and things were improving.  However, I think the damage has been done.  Yesterday went for a nice walk around the garden centre after lunch, but within about 15 minutes I started getting pain in my left kidney area.  Good job I had …

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  • Atorvastatin and cold sores

    My husband has been taking  Atorvastatin 40mg for approx.6 weeks. A couple of weeks ago he developed a cold sore on his lip, then one on his lower eyelid and also one just inside his nostril. He is 63 years old and has never had a cold sore in his life. Has any one else experienced this?

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  • Apigenin

    HI,  has anyone tried  Apigenin , for the effects of muscle damage due to Statins.

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  • Can zetia do this?

    In February, in an attempt to further lower my cholesterol, my Dr increased my Pravastatin to 40 (I'd started at 20), and added zetia. 6 weeks later I started experiencing stomach pain, indigestion, pale colored stools, increased bruising, and increased aches and pains. Liver blood tests are …

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  • severe pain after stopping crestor cold turkey

    was having joint and muscle soreness, dr thought tendonitis in shoulder, was referring me to rheumatologist, no appt yet, anyway, decided after reading bout statins, to stop them 7 days ago, cold turkey, last 4 days been hell, hurting all over shoulders, arms, glutes hamstrings, can,t sleep can,t …

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  • Reactive hypoglycemia from Lipitor withdrawal

    Has anyone else experienced reactive hypoglycemia from Lipitor withdrawal? Does your sugar level ever go back to normal or is this permanent? My husband did the glucose tolerance test this morning. His fasting level was 99. Hour 1 he was 114. Hour 2 was 117. Hour 3 was 52.  How long does it …

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  • Bad Lipitor withdrawal symptoms

    My husband has been on Lipitor 10 mg about four years and this past year he developed insomnia from the statin. He weened off the Lipitor for two weeks cutting the pill in half. Stopped taking it completely April 25. Since he has stopped, he has had a range of withdrawal symptoms including aching, …

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  • How common is this?

    How common is it to begin experiencing muscle pain and tenderness months after increasing a station? Also, does CoQ10 help?

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  • Delayed muscle Pain

    My Pravastatin was increased to 40 in December and Zetia was added in January. Everything's been fine til now! All of a sudden I have muscle pain and tenderness everywhere! I'm exhausted and dont feel like moving. Has anyone else had a delayed reaction? I worry about rhabdomyolysis.

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  • Muscle/neck pain/headache Crescor

    Dr suggested I cut 50%. No change. After stopping 5 days headache less but neck/shoulder pain persists. Eating oats and food that help lower cholesterol. As a retired health care professional I know diet and exercise are the two most important things we can do. Additionally I take garlic for b/p, …

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