Muscle pain from Lipitor, Crestor, and Vytorin is far more common than the drug companies would have us believe. Statin manufacturers tell us in their clever commercials that this side effect is minor or rare.
But if you're one of those who are experiencing soreness and muscle aches, it's far from minor. And as you'll see, it's certainly not rare. Here are just a few first hand accounts:
Steve had muscle pains with a statin drug, and now he wants to know, "Does the muscle pain ever go away? I have been off for about 1 week and it is a little better but still hurts."
Jo says she took statins for only one week. Her reaction to the muscle pain from Lipitor: "Enough! Apart from the skin rash, the insomnia and twitching in bed, I had brand new muscle pains. It took about 5 or 6 weeks for those pains to fade. And about the same time for the rash to fade, too. Sleep normalized within a few days. Statins? Pure poison."
"I had muscle pain from Lipitor,"writes Verde. "After I stopped, the pain SLOWLY went away. Also my liver enzymes got elevated from taking them."
Omie notes that most people don't realize that any muscle pain associated with statins is your body's way of saying, "Toxic!" He adds, "I let my doc talk me into statins a few years ago, tried 3 different ones and got slight muscle pains with each one."
"Wow! So many people with side effects!" is Amy's reaction to the postings in this thread. She says her father took a statin drug for quite a while until his legs started buckling out from under him while standing. "Well guess you all know the culprit! We now know why it has been so hard for him to climb stairs."
Natasha, Larry and Cher also say they've experienced muscle pain from Lipitor. Jack's wife developed soreness in her muscles, along with liver problems. Dianne had pain in her joints, but most of the pain is gone, now that she stopped taking a statin drug.
Former astronaut, Dr. Graveline ( M.D. retired ) is uniquely qualified to discuss the magnitude of muscle pain from Lipitor. He suffered transient global amnesia as a result of being on Lipitor. Here's what Dr. Graveline reports on his website,The Space Doc:
"The legacy of statin drug use at today's high doses is a trail of chronic Lipitor ricks, including aches, muscle pain, numbness, weakness, confusion, fatigue, shortness of breath and even heart failure in hordes of unsuspecting victims.
"Many physicians have themselves become victims of statin drug use and, like myself, now suspect the message of persuasive drug 'reps' may not be the entire truth."
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If your "get up and go" has "got up and went" it's just possible that a statin drug might be the culprit.
Stephen Sinatra, M.D., a highly regarded heart surgeon and co-author of The Great Cholesterol Myth with Jonny Bowden says about muscle pain from Lipitor due to depletion of CoQ10, "A CoQ10 deficiency affects your heart as profoundly as a calcium deficiency would affect your bones."
Dr. Sinatra does a masterful job explaining how statin drugs work in our bodies to cause negative side effects.
"Statin drugs (such as Lipitor or a generic counterpart) lower cholesterol and they do a great job of it.
So good, in fact, that they lower cholesterol in the brain, and that is very far from a good thing.
The brain absolutely depends on cholesterol for optimal functioning."
Dr. Sinatra says, "If you are on a statin drug, or short on energy you need CoQ10!"
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"When we moved out of state, my new doctor insisted that I try a combination of niacin and simvastatin to address what he thought were "unacceptable" numbers. In 2010 I finally caved and agreed to the statin combo drug.
Within a year I was unable to walk up and down stairs and couldn't lift myself from a sitting position without holding on to something.
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