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If you use Lipitor or another statin please help others by sharing your experience. What would you tell your best friend about using Lipitor? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: Lipitor nightmare
Date: 9/13/2009
Taking lipitor for me is a nightmare! My own family doctor said to take 10 mg but the (young) cardiologist boosted it up to 40 mg! I have profuse sweating occurring randomly many times of the day or night. I can feel the sweat break out in my head and actually see the sweat beads roll down my body! I also have insomnia, can only sleep maybe 2 or 3 hours max a night, and to top it off I have decreased urination. I feel my bladder is not empty but I cannot urinate anymore. As well as lower left back ache . . . I want to get off this med now. It is making me sicker than I ever was before not worth it. I would rather restrict cholestoral intake in a natural way. At least try that first than going to this extreme madness of taking lipitor. Please try natural remedies before doing this.

Subj: Severe rash under arms
Date: 9/16/2009
I have been taking 20 mg of Lipitor for several years and have never had any side effects. I recently developed a severe rash under my arms, and thought it was caused by either my deodorant or the Dove body wash that I use. I switched both to natural products, and with prednisone, the rash disappeared. It's been 2 months since it first appeared, and is now back --- I wonder if it could be the Lipitor that is causing it, any thoughts?

AskDocWeb: A rash is listed as one of the possible side effects that should be reported to your doctor so please get it checked out.

Subj: Leg and feet pain
Date: 10/4/2009
I started taking Lipitor in middle of May. June 1st, I tore my right calf muscle sprinting in the backyard with the kids. Figured a sign of getting old, not stretching, etc. Leg got better, then in middle of August tore left calf muscle walking up a slight incline on golf course. Leg and feet pain have been really bad. Horrible fatigue as well - couldn't stand to watch son's soccer or hockey games more than 10 minutes. Put it together 6 weeks ago that maybe Lipitor was responsible and stopped taking. Pretty upset that I had to bring to Dr's attention and it didn't dawn on him that maybe it was Lipitor. Legs better, but still sore and tender. How do I know that Lipitor is the cause? Was also on blood thinner as I developed a blood clot from the first tear. One heck of a summer!!!

Subj: Red spots
Date: 10/10/2009
I have been taken Lipitor 20mg for about 4 months. After about two months I noticed some red spots on my right arm after a while (a week or so) they started to itch. I have been treating the itch with a topical (Clobex) which stops the itching but the redness has not gone away. My doctor put me on Prednisone for 7 days. Could Lipitor be causing my problem? My Doctor doesn't think so.

AskDocWeb: There are no reports of Lipitor causing red spots. Have you checked with a dermatologist?

Subj: Lipitor gave me twitchy eyes
Date: 10/27/2009
Lipitor 20mg per day gave me twitchy eyes, my left eye closes frequently, permanently when driving my car - very dangerous. It has also eroded my self confidence and caused great difficulty at work where communication is paramount. I have stopped taking this tablet and things have improved a bit after 2 weeks.

Subj: Burning stomach and feeling shaky
Date: 10/31/2009
Just started Lipitor last week. The first time I took it 5min later my stomach started burning and I felt a little shaky. I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night with a side ache. In the morning I felt fine but when I got up to walk I felt shaky again. I called the doc and she reduced the doseage to half. I continued on and by the fifth day I was having indigestion even though I was taking an anti-acid and I was feeling a little weak. I don't feel motivated to exercise when I feel a little weak. Called the doc again and was asked to just take it twice a week.

Subj: Stopped taking Lipitor
Date: 11/8/2009
I've been on Lipitor over 3 yrs. I have severe muscle and joint pain, with cramps, burning sensations in my hips, and knees, ankles, along with numbness, tingling, pain, cramps, with severe inflamation in my feet, and fingers. That I did not have before taking this, yet another dangerous drug. I also have severe drug induced atopic dermatitis that won't clear up no matter what cortisode creams I use. My ankles hurt so badly and it looks like I have gangrene.

I've always been sensitive to getting this from even vitamins, but it would clear up with ointments and stopping use of offending origin. I have stopped taking Lipitor 20 mg, almost two weeks now and it's already gotten better, I sleep better, no headaches or upset stomache either and my other muscle, joint problems thank God, Amen.

Liptior needs to be banned along with all statins, they're not worth it, they cripple otherwise healthy people, with just slightly high cholesterol and that's not even proven enough. Doctor's are practicing physicians so this is their practice on us patients. No thank you, do it on some more rats.

Subj: Headaches
Date: 11/12/2009
I get headaches alot but not all the time. I don't know if it's from the lipitor or not.

AskDocWeb: Headaches are listed as one of the possible side effects of Lipitor that should be reported to your doctor.

Subj: Quality of life has almost gone
Date: 11/17/2009
Suddenly it all becomes clear, following temporary alcoholism (2yrs) due to my divorce I had unmesurablely high cholesterol levels so my doctor trialed me on several statins, finally 80mg Liptor which I have been on for two years now. At my last blood test my levels were excellent however my quality of life has almost gone. Just about all I can manage is to get a respectable days work done then collapse once home. Unbelievable muscle cramps, stiffness, pain, trouble (bordering on inability) to concentrate, drastic reduction in strength and muscle mass(my job can be quite physical at times) so all of the above. I blame no one but myself for crawling into a bottle for the best part of two years, but I've had enough of feeling like a zombie so the Liptors gota go. This site is a god send, going to see my doc to look at alternatives and get a liver function test. Given that its fair to assume that my liver would have been damaged by the alcoholism, why would my doc prescribe a medication that can, to say the least, give the liver a hard time?

AskDocWeb: Doctors have to weigh the risks of possible side effects against the known benefits of a drug every time they write a prescription.

Subj: Lower back hurts
Date: 11/24/2009
I've been taking lipator for less than 2 years now, and more and more, my lower back hurts to the point I'm having trouble sleeping, can't do anything without hurting afterwards. I feel like I'm 80 and I'm 58. I'm going to stop taking it for a while to see what happens and than talk to my doctor.

AskDocWeb: Since Lipitor is a prescription drug, you should talk to your doctor before stopping.

Subj: How long does it take?
Date: 12/2/2009
I stopped taking lipitor about 7 months ago because I was experiencing loss of muscle strength and muscle pain. I have noticed a little improvement in regaining muscle strength. The articles say that it can take a long time for the muscles to heal after discontinuing taking liptor. How long on average can it take for the muscles to improve to normalcy?

AskDocWeb: There are reports that the effect on muscles can last long after the drug is out of your system. One patient reported that they are still having muscle pain three years after discontinuing Lipitor. So far we are still waiting to hear from someone who has returned to normal or fully recovered their muscle function and condition.

Date: 12/2/2009
I've had moderate levels of Cholesterol for over 5 years (180-195 range), but this year it increased to 256 in April 2009. My doctor put me on Lipitor 20mg daily. My September 2009 test resulted at a level of 154. I retired last April and was working outside a lot so I attributed my severe muscle pains to the increased physical activity working outdoors. Every muscle in my body was aching on a scale 1 - 10 (10 highest) at about 9.5. I told my doctor about it Mid November 2009 and told me to stop taking the Lipitor.

Afterwards I went back and re-read the medication flyer that comes with the Lipitor. It has a very small mention about infrequent muscle pain. After doing some research at I found out that Canada has a more stringent warning that Lipitor can and will deplete your Coenzyme Q10 levels which can lead to some severe consequences, to include Heart AND Liver failure, but the FDA is just sitting on their hands not warning us properly.

*** During the past couple weeks, I spoke with 4 friends who all told me the same story... that they too were once taking Lipitor and stopped it due to severe muscle pains. Is that just a coincidence that at random 4 out of 4 people I personally spoke with have severe muscle pains from Lipitor? Mayo Clinic confirms this information. While Lipitor may help many with high cholesterol, it should do a better job at the side affects warnings. It just makes me more afraid of trusting these drug companies. Now I have to take Coenzyme CQ10 in 200 mg and niacin in over 1000mg daily to try and restore my muscles Lipitor has destroyed. EVERYBODY.... PLEASE IMMEDIATELY REPORT side affects of this awful drug to FDA at

Can anybody answer this please? ... I've read in some places as long as 12 weeks for it to clear out of my liver, etc. and/or the pain to go away? I'm upset that Parke-Davis / Pfizer doesn't warn us Americans better about this serious affect (as they do for the Lipitor they sell in Canada). One government website does an excellent job of warning us, but the FDA at does a huge disservice in that area. There are many lawsuits pending against FDA and Parke-Davis / Pfizer to make them give better warnings in their labels. Canada Health requires Lipitor to carry detailed warnings how dangerous Lipitor actually is. It is really a cover-up and disgrace that FDA doesn't do their job better. *** reports that Lipitor (a satin)depletes Coenzyme CoQ10 from muscles. Called Satin enduced Myopathy. Once depleted, this satin eats away at the muscle tissues and converts them to toxins which in turn kill your liver.,, and others recommend taking a supplement CoQ10 and niacin to rebuild this coenzyme. For more information do a search for this topic at and

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