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November 26th, 2010
Crestor Follow Up:
Just a quick update to this forum. I met with my doctor & we agreed to go off Crestor for one month & for me to keep a diary. It's been 7 days since I quit the drug. By the 2nd day, I noticed I had more ambition & energy. A lot of the side effects are either gone or reduced. I still have bloating about 2-3 hours after eating but I think that it is not as bad as before. I have to wonder though how much is mental....I guess I will know more in a few weeks. All I can say is I am starting to have more energy & drive...will keep the forum updated.
Cheers!
PappyJ
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Users who thank pappyjkns for this post: Actispan 

replied December 6th, 2010
I am on 10mg of crestor daily in an effort to raisemy HDL levels. My doctor does not believe there are any side effects but I have told him of my dizziness, and tingling over the past year. I also hve experienced more memory lapses than usual. I am in good health and am a 58 year old male.
He won't discuss any alternatives or prevention of muscle deterioration COQ10 and is continuing to monitor my health. I am concerned of the side effects of Crestor and am determined to look at other alternative therapies. Has anyone heard of or tried Chelation therapy. Naturalpaths where I am say is a possibility
for me.
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replied May 8th, 2011
artdecadent, are you sure your doctor is trying to raise HDL with Crestor? The statins lower LDL ("bad" cholesterol), but they don't do such a good job at raising HDL ("good") cholesterol.

It's been a while since your post, but for anyone interested I would like to share some of my knowledge about cholesterol and statins.

Doctors prescribe statins because they work to lower LDL for people who can't reach their targets through diet and exercise alone. Statins do have side effects, no way around that. Not everyone will experience obvious problems like muscle pain, but it is well-known that statins can deplete vital nutrients in various tissues and organs that require lots of energy, such as brain/nervous system, heart/muscles, and liver. Don't know why your doctor wouldn't discuss it. According to the NYTimes, Dr. Alfred Bove, chief cardiologist at Temple University and 2009 president of the American College of Cardiology, advises his patients on statin drugs to “Live until you're 80 and have muscle aches sometimes”.

As for raising HDL levels, try a handful of dry roasted almonds every day. My doctor recommends 6gm fish oil daily, though I only take 3gm. At high doses, niacin (vitamin B3) has been shown to raise HDL. There are niacin drugs (like Simcor) and natural supplements (Slo-niacin) available, but the high doses of niacin required can cause flushing reactions or skin irritation. Simcor is actually niacin + simvastatin, so you would still have the statin concerns, but there is a natural supplement (PRiORA) that specifically counteracts depletion by statins. Hopefully these are a few helpful alternatives to explore.

Of course, my doctor also recommended a sensible diet (calorie reduced, and low in saturated-fat) and exercise. I personally find that drinking lots of water and maintaining good oral hygiene are fundamental to good health. All the best
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Users who thank Actispan for this post: MarcoseNabelius 

replied April 3rd, 2012
No harm in trying and YES the UNIQUOL CoQ10 does work, also try a OTC leg cramp product that contains potassium and magnesium, they are great for muscle cramps. Cipro/Kelflex liked to killed me with those.
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replied December 8th, 2010
Crestor Side Effects
In reply to Artdecadent, I never heard of Chelation treatment, so I just did a quick look on the net and it seems to be used to remove heavy metals from the body. Not sure what that would have to do with cholesterol levels.

I was doing pretty well for about 12 days after I stopped taking Crestor, but then the constipation/bloating symptom reared it's ugly head again! Might be diverticulosis which they say is common especially in people over 50 who carry a lot of weight around the middle. I have about 2 weeks to go before reporting back to the doctor....now I'm not so sure what direction to take. At the very most, it will be very low ie. 5 mgs of Crestor per day if my LDL's are elevated.

Cheers!
PappyJ
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replied December 23rd, 2010
Personality changes
My husband is a diabetic. His cholestrol is 200, ldl is 130, hdl is 42. He started Lipitor under doctors advice. He began to have body pains after two months. But what I am more concerned about as a wife who knows her husbands personality saw a change in who he was as a person. Our marriage became extremely strained as I was trying to figure out what was wrong. He went off Lipitor and I saw my husband's personality return. Concerned still for his heart health as a diabetic, he went on Crestor. The same mental symptoms returned. Depression not only set in with him but also with me. Our marriage was not doing very well. There was a hardness about him that was hard to take day after day. He is off Crestor now and within days I saw him relax again into the man I love and know. Anyone else notice these symptoms? Happily married without Statins, we are working towards healty disciplines instead.
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Users who thank homeontherange for this post: Happyinlife 

replied December 23rd, 2010
Crestor Side Effects
In reply to homeontherange's post, it has been my experience that as soon as I was off of Crestor, I regained my prior energy levels...it was like taking "the parking break off" This makes you feel a lot better mentally for sure. Feeling tired all the time and dragged out can lead to depression imo! You didn't mention your husband's age, weight but that can have a lot to do with your mental state as well.

Further, as a follow up to my previous posts, I met with my doctor and my total cholesterol was back up to 235 and my LDL's were up to 145....almost the same level as I had before going on Crestor. Obviously this is too high so I am going to use a combination of a 5 mg dose of Crestor plus some major diet changes to see if I can maintain the lower dosage.

Cheers!
Pappyjkns
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replied December 26th, 2010
Crestor Side effects
It's been so informative to read the information posted here. Thank you to all who've contributed.

I am a very fit and physically active 60 year old female. No health issues other than a slightly elevated cholesterol level, for which my Doctor recommended Crestor.
I've been on Crestor 5mg a day for 2 months now and like others here found my energy level is lowered. Also very strange cramping in areas of my legs where I've NEVER experienced cramps before, e.g. inner thigh. Light-headed, almost dizzy sensations at time. I've never had these problems prior to starting on Crestor.

Things came to a head on Christmas Eve when I went to the bathroom during the night and became very dizzy. I called out to my husband who saw me holding onto the bathroom door, he jumped out of bed and literally held me as I dropped to the floor. I didn't pass out, just felt nauseous and my legs felt like jelly.

I have never had high blood pressure, usually around 115/74. My blood sugar level was normal. So the only thing I can put this dizzy spell down to is side effects from Crestor.

I stopped taking it yesterday and will make an appointment with my Doctor this week to determine that nothing else is causing these symptoms. However, I know in my heart that it is Crestor and I also know that I will NEVER take a statin again.
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replied December 27th, 2010
Crestor Side Effects
NYAnnie:
It's disconcerting that you are experiencing such strong side effects at such a low dose! It will be interesting to read a follow up after you meet with the doctor. It appears the drug affects people in different ways. A friend recently went off Crestor & started taking fish oil capsules, saying her cholesterol levels stayed low. However after 6 months her levels shot right back up to freightening levels.

Cheers!
PappyJ
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replied November 2nd, 2012
PappyJ...there is no "low dose" of such a drug that impairs any natural function of the body to make one "healthier". Societal scams gain a toehold by first seducing folks into using their shifty terminology. The phrase, "lower dose", might be more appropriate, IMHO, but still quite dangerous. Do you agree?
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replied January 27th, 2011
Update
Still off that devil drug crestor, BP this morning was 110/74. Feel Great, I have switched the low dose aspirin to one every other day, all the other meds that I was prescribed following the angioplasty are still being taken. Will be having my yearly physical in two months so I will have written confirmation of what my cholesterol levels are. Let you all know what if any changes the doctor will pick up on, so far he is none the wiser that I quit the crestor last June.
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replied January 27th, 2011
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Drugs that induce degenerative conditions are not the answer to heart disease.
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replied January 27th, 2011
It's been just over a month since I first posted here.
Since then I have had a complete check-up to determine that no other issues were causing my symptoms. Everything was normal.
My Doctor was in total agreement that I stop taking Crestor.
In the first week after coming off Crestor the weird cramps in my thighs stopped. It took approx 4 weeks before the other symptoms ended, i.e. light-headed/dizzy sensations, memory issues.

I am so thankful for the information I found on this forum..thank you all so much!!

It's interesting that since I've told some friends about my experience on Crestor how many have, in turn, told me about similar experiences. But they thought their experiences were unique. As for me, there is no way I will EVER take another statin! I prefer my quality of life to be just that...QUALITY!

I'm looking at other cholesterol lowering options. e.g. non flushing Niacin. Any thoughts/suggestions would be sincerely appreciated.
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Users who thank NYAnnie for this post: sandikaur 

replied June 8th, 2013
Hi NYAnnie,

I am going through the exact same! I just posted a reply not sure if it got through. I went off crestor 2 weeks ago and still feeling severe faint feeling/lightheadedness.. your message gives me hope that it will go away soon.. thank you so much for posting really makes a world of difference and gives another hope for a better tomorrow.. Heartfelt Grantitude.. Sandi
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replied January 28th, 2011
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Yes NYAnnie, I do have some suggestions you may want to consider.

Researching the health benefits of cholesterol can shed new light into the reality of this vital nutrient. Few people understand the physiological role of cholesterol in good health.

Sadly, cholesterol has been demonized for the last 4 decades by those who have commercial interests. All the studies which show a relationship between serum cholesterol levels and heart disease are designed and funded by the very same company that sells us the pills to lower it.

If we push aside all data from drug industry funded studies, or drug industry funded medical education, there is little to no evidence in the REAL WORLD that serum cholesterol levels have anything to do with the development of cardiovascular disease.

I know what I am saying is hard for people to accept. It took me years to accept this. But after 10 years of personal research into the matter, I have come to the conclusion cardiovascular disease forms independent of what cholesterol levels are, and the $30 billion per year statin industry rides on the public's PERCEPTION lowering cholesterol with a pill reduces risk of heart disease.

Suggestions? Remain active. Eat a balanced diet high in nutritional value and free from chemical additives. Breath fresh clean air and avoid inhaling by-products of combustion from smoking, car exhaust, and factories. Keep a close eye on thyroid function.

Thats all you can do. Let your body regulate your cholesterol levels so cholesterol can heal and repair damaged tissue, maintain hormonal balance and keep your nervous system, and memory in perfect tune.
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replied January 28th, 2011
Crestor Side effects
Thanks Striker! I'm physically active (walk a minimum of 5 miles every day), non-smoker, no weight issues..o.k. could maybe lose 10 lbs!!! And the more I talk about this issue and the more I research it, I honestly believe we've all been sold a bill of goods by BigPharma regarding the perils of cholesterol. Your post reiterates this! Thank you Striker and thanks to all of you who posted on this subject!
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replied March 31st, 2011
Started taking Crestor about 10 days ago. Had to go to the doctor for back pain right after I started taking it. She said I had arthritis in my back and gave me a shot and some pain meds for that. My back did improve. However, I then started these horrible cramps in my left thigh that won't go away. My leg hurts all the time.It also feels as if it's going to pop, like it's swollen so big that it might burst. When I turn over in bed it always wakes me up because of the pain. Needless to say, I am exhausted due to not getting any rest. I've been taking ibuprofen for the pain but it won't go away. I've also developed terrible constipation and stomach pain. I've had some nausea and a little light headedness. I had no idea that all of this could be the Crestor until tonight when I saw a commercal on TV and it told about the side effects. My doctor didn't tell me any of this. I'm not taking it tonight. I will call the doctor tomorrow. I didn't really think I needed it anyway because I had triglycerides that were a little high but no high cholesterol. My blood tests were done in the middle of the day, not after fasting overnight. I'm just not sure about doctors at all any more.
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replied April 1st, 2011
I have been on Crestor for only 4 days and already i have headaches and some dizziness also feeling tired all day, so i thought i would check out some fourms on this product and what iam reading doesn't make me very happy. I will talk to my doctor asap and get off these drugs, i also had simular problems when i was on Avodart and Flomaxtra for prostste problems which i have solved by going to herbal remieds.

Tonight i found a herbal supplement for cholestrol that sounds like it will work, it is called BergerMote, google it up and make up your own mind.
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replied April 2nd, 2011
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I am not on a statin---my LDL is LOW and HDL is high.
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I eat lots of veg fish and few breads and sugars.
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I suggest you folks on statins go LOW ANIMAL FAT and low pasta sugar ----to low TRYGL.
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People in rural China are 130 total CHol--this is a US problem with the US DIET. People in Cities in CHina are just now eating more like US and getting sicker real fast .
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YOu need to read EAT TO LIVE and change your diets.
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Doctors are doing MEDICINE---that means PILLS for you.
-------and you all sound SICKER and need MORE PILLS for the effects of your bad pills
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replied April 8th, 2011
I had a heart attack at 40 and have been on crestor for 6 years,at first I really did'nt notice any side effects.I've always had sore ankles any way,but over the last 4 years my legs from the knee down are just killing me!My dr.doesn't think it's the crestor because I didn't complain immediately,and because the pain should be on the upper leg.Does anyone else have lower leg pain? Karen
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replied September 30th, 2011
I started crestor 3 months ago.10mg daily. started having pain in my left upper arm muscle within a month, this week unexplainable pain deep in my right upper arm muscle/joint and pain in both heels.appt in a week with my gp.thanks to this forum I'm pretty sure crestor is NOT for me.
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replied October 29th, 2011
Yes I do, it's a hard pain to describe, and my feet and ankles feel like they are always cold as well. My legs hurt a lot and my feet and ankles too. I have gained a large amount of weight in a short time as well. I am stopping this drug now that I know what is causing my misery.
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replied April 26th, 2011
Re: Crestor side effects ?
aflsh wrote:
Does anybody else take the statin Crestor? I just started and was wondering if anybody else had problems with it.


Hi - Yes, I started two weeks ago. I am 37, I have been using Simvastatin 40Mg before. It's been long time on me with LDL issues, body generates it. Yet, it was not doing its job well.

Crestor, makes me tired, some aches in body, back, shoulders, not painful but like after a soccer game etc. I am an active guy and love sports, never experienced this kind of pain before a game. Well, what to do? Take it or leave it? I am not sure...I read the all details perhaps more then docs, including its chemical structure. They simply wont accept any liability, and they talk about tests were done on monkeys and dogs etc. No human results, yet, the statin's can cause another illnesses that we don;t have, like parkinsons etc...

Result is, I do not know...I am also lost. Docs go with the facts and best outcomes probably...However, it is out liability to take it or not...At this young age, I really don;t know what to do and who to trust...Let's see how it goes...
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replied May 8th, 2011
cmontr, I was recently told I had "pre-metabolic" syndrome, fancy terminology for being almost too fat, with almost too high blood pressure and almost too high blood sugar levels. I made some dietary changes (like not getting cheese on my sandwiches and not eating tons of ice cream) and I started walking more. Thankfully this made an improvement all around. I also believe the natural way is the best way, but I do appreciate the dilemma with statins. My mom has recently been prescribed Crestor, so it may be in the cards for me one day. All the best
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replied May 30th, 2012
Crestor weakness and libido problems
Illness we dont even know....Been on Crestor for 7 weeks, 3 weeks in I had a viral infection that I now know was Crestor weakness because I still have it.
Lethargy has led to libido problems. I'm off it and onto viagra to fix the damage.
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replied April 27th, 2011
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Statins block an important metabolic pathway in the liver called the mevalonate pathway.

If I were asked to develop a biological weapon, blocking the mevalonate pathway would be my #1 choice. This would induce muscle cell destruction, cognitive confusion, and screw up production of steroid hormones, and interfere with thyroid hormone metabolism.

But I could never do that as I find it extremely inhumane.
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replied May 1st, 2011
Took 10mg Crestor for 10 months and developed severe leg and arm pains, headaches, lower back pain, chest pains, extreme fatigue could no lower walk, knit etc. Trouble getting out of bed because of back pain, stopped taking Crestor on my own and within days felt like a new person, pain gone away except for my shin bone, still pain. I'm 75 yrs old and would die than take another statin.
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replied May 1st, 2011
Took 10mg Crestor for 10 months and developed severe leg and arm pains, headaches, lower back pain, chest pains, extreme fatigue could no lower walk, knit etc. Trouble getting out of bed because of back pain, stopped taking Crestor on my own and within days felt like a new person, pain gone away except for my shin bone, still pain. I'm 75 yrs old and would die than take another statin.
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