News: Cholesterol drug linked to muscle problems

painful  Posted: 09/04/2009 20:21

hi I want to know does Q 10 help to get rid of the muscle pains that are caused by Lipostat.

Sean (Educoshaun)  Posted: 10/10/2008 02:13

I note your comments with interest. I have been on Lipitor, Cardura and Tritace for some years. Having had surgery and Radiotherapy for prostate cancer, I find that I now get very tired and easily get pains in my back, joints and muscles especially when I try and play a few holes of golf. A reaction to one or other of the medications may be causing this and also causing some loss of blood. Advice would be welcome.

galeforce  Posted: 17/07/2008 22:35

hi there, in relation to natural products for high cholesterol i have had great success with a tincture called A.Vogel Cynara, available in health stores and some chemists. Combined with Lecithin it works quiet well. I struggle to keep mine below 7 and as a 31 year old woman it's against my doctors advise to relie on these instead of prescribed drugs. however, with a history of arthritis and fibromyalgia i'm not willing to take a drug that'll aggravate those problems. On the other hand my doctor reckons i'ii stroke out without them. It seems i'm damned if i do and damned if i don't on this one. Anyone else out there with a similar problem????

John (johnwilliams)  Posted: 12/06/2008 19:44

In reponse to TAKE CARE, I wonder what is the agenda in your request for reports on side effects for drugs which are not available in Ireland.

Take Care  Posted: 11/06/2008 15:37

Has anyone had similar muscle problems with either Blood Pressure drugs (Diovan or Coracten) or Prostate drugs (Tamsulosin-Flomaxtra)?

Anonymous  Posted: 10/09/2007 16:51

I have once more tried Cholesterol drug as mine in 9.2. I developed pains, rash, and generally off colour. My doctor has now said they do not agree with you as you have tried five different types so forget about them!!!

Ross  Posted: 08/09/2007 02:55

About a year ago i noticed severe weakness and atrophy in my right shoulder and ended up seeing a neurologist. Physical therapy has brought some of the strength back to the affected muscles (deltoid, bicep, and superspinitis). The diagnosis has been brachial plexopathy although that is usually associated with a trauma to the shoulder and I've had none. Also feel like my left quadricep is now wasting away, and my shoulder muscles constantly twitch. Symptoms sound similar to many reported on this site and i've taken Crestor and Vytorin. Does getting off cholesterol medication make it go away?

Bindy  Posted: 06/06/2007 23:41

Hi Anonymous, Thank you for that advice. I have a great worry about all the statins that are being pushed on us from 20 year of age to death! Anyone who suffers from muscle pain or any other symptoms, should report same to their G.P. You should not take statins if they give you side effects. In my opinion, having done a lot of research into this, a cholesterol level of 4 is too low.

Anonymous  Posted: 06/06/2007 12:05

Hi all, my mother was on 40mg of lipitor ,she is not in hospital suffering from severe mytosis,she has not been able to get a dialgnosis from her gp, he told her to take exercise and lose weight, A Quack if i ever met one , he ignored her symptoms for 2 months until i brought her to A and E a diagnosis was made. She is now on steroids and is very slowly regaining muscle movement she will need physio for the next few years i would strongly advise anyone on lypitor to watch carefully for symptoms like my mothers, she had muscular pains in legs arems back , basically the whole body, it was a v severe reaction , she was only on this for 3 mths take care audrey

Anonymous  Posted: 09/06/2006 23:58

My cholestrol was 8.2 when I was put on lipostat 20mg by my doctor some 18 months ago. After 12 months on the drug my cholestrol reduced to 5.6 and my doctor increased my lipostat to 40mg to lower my levels to 4 4.5. Three weeks into the increased dose I noticed that every muscle in my body was stiff and sore. My doctor changed my medication to INEGY and the muscle tenderness / soreness has disappeared. It will be interesting to see what my cholestrol result will be in a months time.

Renee  Posted: 25/05/2006 16:48

Hello...I'm from the U.S. Red Rice capsules and Co-Q Enzyme 10 does reduce cholesterol. Although you should read up about it prior to using you are not combining it with other meds or supplements that may cause an adverse reaction. Both are natural substances. My sister-in-law has had great success using this totally natural remedy and has been on the regime for over 1 year now. My husband has also had the muscle pain and has been on and off different cholesterol meds. The side effects are pretty scary. The person who commented on the quackish remedies...drugs are not natural...foods and supplements are. Drugs...yes, when there is not a safer or healthier route but our society is relying too heavily on them. I write life, health and long-term care insurance and see way too many people on way too many drugs. My husband is going to try a natural food approach. Read about it here...nothing quackish about it. Just sound healthy food and advice. The best of luck to all of you in finding something that works and feels right to you.

Nancy (GBN47082)  Posted: 22/05/2006 04:23

I have been taking Vytorin for the 3 years. A couple of months ago I began experiencing arm & shoulder pain. I attributed the pain to the Actenol that I take for my osteprosis and quit taking that medication. Now I find that cholesterol medication also causes muscle and joint pains. The pain gets so bad in my biceps that it wakes me up at night. I am no longer able to use zippers on the left side of my body; nor reach my left arm pit with my right hand. I am 66 years old. I have an appointment with my doctor in hopes he can tell me what to do. Someone told me instead of taking medication that I should take Red Rice capsules to lower my cholesterol. I haven't tried it. Everyone has a suggestion - no one has a cure.

Derry Locke  Posted: 28/04/2006 22:46

I am on Sivatin 10mg now for two years for collestrol.Iam suffering from pains in my joints and I have also intolerances to various foods- wheat, tea, rice tomatoes , cod and cabbages. I am in my mid sixties. Do anybody share these experiences

Helen (Tirsa)  Posted: 21/04/2006 10:27

I am still on Lipitor 40mg and still in severe muscle pain especially at night time while sleeping . i feel as if my muscles have shrunk and I end up feeling all knarled and sore . I wake up regularly and have to stretch out as far as I can and this seems to allieviate it for a while. I have discussed this at lenght with my Doctor but have come up with nothing , I feel very frustrated as he does not seem to know why this is happening. It takes mne about two hours in the morning to get going as every part of my body is hurting especially my shoulders and my legs. The only thing I can recommend is sth I heard from a naturopath - that if you take Milk Thistle 20drops twice a day it will lower your cholesterol. Good Luck every one.

Mike  Posted: 19/04/2006 15:41

I'm 42, and using 10mg of lipostat for 1 year.My colestrol number has been under 4 and liver enzymes are normal(-blood test in Dec 2005 did show a high level of bilirubin but now back to normal)I was also told that I have poor circulation in my legs. I have noticed varicose vein growth and in the morning stifness in right leg, with a ache around the knee especially in the sitting position and after physical exertion. I follow a fairly healthy diet and also take supplements which are suppose to maintain a healthy circulatoty system. Should I stop taking Lipostat? Comments welcome and thank you.

John (johnwilliams)  Posted: 11/03/2006 08:34

I see TOO MUCH is still promoting quack remedies from dodgy websites.

Too Much  Posted: 10/03/2006 16:48

Statins address raised cholesterol by inhibiting the action of the enzyme HMGR (hydroxyl-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase)which produces cholesterol in your liver. Statins block the action of the said enzyme at one significant cost however, and that is at the production of Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10). CoQ10 is used by every cell in your body in the production of energy. Every muscle is therefore affected by the action of a statin drug. And remember that your heart is a muscle. Talk to your GP/Consultant. Express your concern. Find other information sources in relation to your muscular problems and the effects of statins on CoQ10 production. Here are a couple of links of interest. The article is located at the bottom of the page and is titled: "STATINS AND CoQ10" Remember there is a wealth of information at hand. But all is never truly conclusive, anecdotal evidence in particular. But never dismiss any out of hand. Be open-minded and present whatever it is you find to your doctor. If you are not truly happy with your doctor's reation or if a lack of interest is offered then find another who is willing to listen and offer advice and an expert opinion

Anonymous  Posted: 06/03/2006 21:04

I have been on lipitor 20mg daily for 2 years, great for lowering cholesterol quickly, but I also noticed after a time that my legs were very sore and stiff every morning, and after a car journey, something I did not suffer from before, I could only shuffle around at first in the morning, then I would loosen up, also suffer from sore shoulder; for the past month I have not taken any lipitor (my cholesterol is low) and have noticed a bit of improvement, in the mornings the stiffness is almost not noticeable, I aim to stay off it for another 2 months and then take it for a full month and see what happens; I will of course get my cholesterol levels checked during this time.

Joan  Posted: 24/02/2006 18:21

I have tried lots and lots of cholesterol drugs and not very succesfully, pains, tiredness, infections so ceased all. I have now been recommended Questran and would be grateful if somebody could tell me if they are on this too and the side effects. my cholestrol is 8.2.

Anonymous  Posted: 07/07/2005 22:34

I have an illness... M.E. or Chronic Fatigue for past eleven years. Lots of muscle pain, very severe at times. Two years ago started taking Lipoter 40mgs daily for high Colesterol, still am. At one stage I experienced very bad shoulder pain, as described by others.... not being able to lift my arm without difficulty, certainly not being able to lie on it. It improved as time went on. Did not connect it to Lipitor., as I had so much other pain anyway. Maybe there is a connection......

Anonymous  Posted: 15/06/2005 20:32

started treatment of "Lipitor" in june 05.legs began to swell.great difficulty in walking properly especially going up stairs and pressing pedals in car.Ceased "Lipitor in december and placed on "Crestor".1 month later knees began to swell,movement very restricted,cracking noises in knees,weakness and pains in thigh and calf muscles. Ceased "Crestor" after 1 month.Attending Physiotherephy to try and regain full and unrestricted movement to all muscles in thighs and calfs. Anyone who has suffered these symptoms,"do they disappear after been off the medication ??.If so, how long after ??

Anonymous  Posted: 26/01/2005 17:56

Been on simvastatin (a generic one indeed) for three months. I'm really considering stopping it : I did not know I could be suffering that much. I'm experiencing right-arm and spinal pain but what could I take instead of statins ? I decided that on my own. Maybe I should not have .

Anonymous  Posted: 26/01/2005 13:12

Muscle pain in shoulder has reduced condiserably after my consultant told me that there is no such thing as Fibromyalgia!!! he claims that it is all in the mind and if we got our minds right the pain would go away. He gave me a series of three steroid injections and so far it has worked. If the pain comes back he says he will have to operate as my tendon has a large tear in it. This was seen on an ultra sound which I would recommend.

Anonymous  Posted: 26/01/2005 00:44

I was put on a drug for high cholesterol 20mgs Developed pain in shoulder and felt as if my muscles were shrinking. Severe pain in my right hand and less in my left going up my arms. I am told that I have carpal tunnel in right hand and am being put off by my GP. I think she realises I should not hav been put on the drug and is afraid of being sued. I just want to get well. The pain for the last three months is severe. I do not think I can suffer much more. Any one out there who can help???

Anonymous  Posted: 29/10/2004 19:43

hi cholesterol tablets medication can cause muscle problems none as muscle myapathy i was put on statins simvastin following m1 heart attack i have since been took of these by cardiologist has liver function and muscle myapathy 5mounths on still some problems with inpaticular shoulders arms very painfull im now 47 was 46 when had heart attack my fear now is cholesterol gone through roof and told got heart disease how long do i now have my youngest daughter just 12 years god nows

Anonymous  Posted: 26/05/2004 16:48

IN January 2003, I was diagnosed with Polymyalgia Rheumatica after suffering with severe pains in my upper shoulder region.I was put on Prednisolone and am still reducing on the dose 18 months later. About a month later another pain in my shoulder appeared and I had a steroid injection put into it but the pain did not lessen in any way. I had physiotherapy about 4 times to see if that would help but no.I am on Crestor tablets for high Cholesterol at the present time and my pains are even getting worse.My shoulder pain appears similer to the Anon. e-mail posted to you on 6/5/2004. Can anyone offer advice?

Anonymous  Posted: 06/05/2004 12:17

As I suffer with severe muscle pain in the deltoid muscle of my shoulder mainly to a point where I cannot lift my arm and cannot sleep on it or lift anything properly , I would like to ask how safe is Lipitor 20mg as I have been taking this for 2 years now and no one can tell me what is causing this terrible pain


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