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Crestor side effects ? (Page 3)

Which statin do you take?
Crestor
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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 rather die than take another statin.
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replied May 6th, 2011
My mom has used statin drugs for a few years, and her doctor most recently put her on Crestor. The side-effects of statins are a real dilemma for her and many, many people, because statins are very effective at lowering cholesterol. We can give up all sorts of addictions, but sometimes eating is the hardest one. We can't just stop eating, so it means moderation which can be difficult. My mom suffers from injuries that limit her mobility, so it is also challenging for her to get enough exercise.

Most of the cholesterol in our blood is not from the foods we eat, rather 85% is produced by the liver. That means adjusting dietary intake or taking Zetia can only help with the 15% that comes from food. Zetia has its own side-effects. Eating fiber is helpful because fiber binds to and removes bile acids, which must be replaced. The body takes cholesterol from the blood as the starting material for making more bile. Despite these various possible interventions, many people still have high cholesterol, follow the best advice of their doctors, and do need the statin drugs. My mom eats plenty of oatmeal and bran. She occasionally adds Metamucil powder for extra fiber. To counteract the statin issues she takes PRiORA daily, and has felt a noticeable improvement. Her muscles feel healthier, so she is getting a bit more exercise and has lost some weight. I hope this might be of some help to other folks out there with people they love in the same situation.
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replied May 17th, 2011
Crestor
I was taking Crestor since last 12months, since last 6months, I am experiencing severe itching, slowly increased to such an extent I cant stay without scratching, and all tests proved thats nothing is wrong with the kidney function etc., I consulted many dermatologists, but no once could like to Crestor, I stopped the cresot last 3 days, and I am finding relief, I have to wait and see for few more days. VU2STS
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replied June 10th, 2011
Crestor
The doctor put me on crestor and blood pressure meds,and being I currently suffer with fibromiagia you above could just imagine what happen next,the pain through out my body increased so bad i was not able to lift a cup without severe pain.Pain in my lower back and in my chest that I had never experienced before and the pain i currently suffer with was so intense i just laid there thinking dont move...Any how after reading your post I will not take this crestor med any longer.
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replied June 13th, 2011
I started on Crestor (10 mg) 12 days ago along with my usual low dose of Coversyl Plus for hypertension. For the first time, I'm experiencing all the signs and symptoms faced by many of the contributors to this forum.

Mainly - its unusual fatigue and lethargy, general feeling of unwell and feverish, and less resistant to mild cold weather, mood swings, and difficulty in breathing (labored).

An area of the upper gums feel sore and tender, whether or not it has anything to do with the statins drug.

Is it safe now to go off the drug after 12 days, have my bloodwork done as done annually, and check for my LDL? Are the effects real or psychological?
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replied June 14th, 2011
I've run through some of the discussions regarding Crestor and serum cholesterol in general.

Here's a link from Canada's National Post that should shed some light on low-lipid debates which hitherto has remained controversial.

You may enjoy it.

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/high+time +dietary+fats/4940714/story.html

(courtesy of National Post, Toronto)
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replied June 23rd, 2011
Wife and I both went on Crestor about a month ago, 10mg each. after 3weeks my wife was so tired she spent 2 days without getting out of bed. We thought she was sick but other than no energy and a killer head/body ache there were no other symptoms. she stopped the crestor and is almost back to normal. I thought it was all in her head until last night when I could not sit up. I had noticed pain in my joints... it actually hurt my knuckles to pet my dog for a long time. So last night I tried to sit up and it felt like I had done 1000 pushups.. I could not stand the pain of simply sitting up in bed so I rolled off of it. today it has gotten better but I cannot tie my shoes or do any real bending. Other body aches are getting worse. I tossed the crestor and hope I have no permenant damage. FYI wife and I are both 35 and I have horrific numbers as do all males in my family but I would rather have a short happy life than a long painful one.
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replied June 23rd, 2011
Wife and I both went on Crestor about a month ago, 10mg each. after 3weeks my wife was so tired she spent 2 days without getting out of bed. We thought she was sick but other than no energy and a killer head/body ache there were no other symptoms. she stopped the crestor and is almost back to normal. I thought it was all in her head until last night when I could not sit up. I had noticed pain in my joints... it actually hurt my knuckles to pet my dog for a long time. So last night I tried to sit up and it felt like I had done 1000 pushups.. I could not stand the pain of simply sitting up in bed so I rolled off of it. today it has gotten better but I cannot tie my shoes or do any real bending. Other body aches are getting worse. I tossed the crestor and hope I have no permenant damage. FYI wife and I are both 35 and I have horrific numbers as do all males in my family but I would rather have a short happy life than a long painful one.
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replied June 24th, 2011
You'll find considerable alarmism and conspiracy theory regarding the use of statin drugs. This article from Harvard offers a balanced opinion:

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/statin- use-is-up-cholesterol-levels-are-down-are- americans-hearts-benefiting-201104151518

Are there side-effects? Yes. The statins all work by a common mechanism; that's why they are considered a "class" of drugs. Unfortunately, this common mechanism involves depletion of vital nutrients. Some (like coenzyme Q10) are widely recognized by the scientific and medical communities while others of these depleted nutrients are less well understood, yet equally or more important.

The effects of chronic cellular and systemic deficiency of these nutrients are most profound in tissues and organs with high bioenergy requirements, namely muscles, heart, brain/nervous tissue, and liver.

It is imperative that current and past statin users supplement to replenish these vital nutrients, as they are not found in sufficient levels in the normal diet. Coenzyme Q10 is only part of the nutritional remedy for depletion caused by cholesterol statin drugs.
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replied June 28th, 2011
Worried about taking Statins - Do the following:
Worried about taking Statins - Do the following:

Have a Coronary CT Scan that determines your coronary calcium score. This will show the extent of your Cardio Vascular Disease.

Then have a Carotid Intimal-Media Thickness test (CIMT). This will show your vascular age.

If the numbers are reasonable - Work with changes in Diet, Exercise and Life Style.

If they are bad like mine - then who knows what to do!
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replied April 5th, 2012
Beware it gives off false readings. Hubby had one, calcium markers in the middle, but aced a walking test and echo cardiogram, it is much more use full, the cardiologist said he was in excellent heart shape,
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replied June 28th, 2011
Worried about taking Statins - Do the following:
Worried about taking Statins - Do the following:

Have a Coronary CT Scan that determines your coronary calcium score. This will show the extent of your Cardio Vascular Disease.

Then have a Carotid Intimal-Media Thickness test (CIMT). This will show your vascular age.

If the numbers are reasonable - Work with changes in Diet, Exercise and Life Style.

If they are bad like mine - then who knows what to do!
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replied July 3rd, 2011
Crestor side effects
I have been on Crestor or zocor for the past seven years 20 mgs until 10 m0nths ago at which time they upped the Crestor to 40 mgs. I have been so ill ever since about a month after starting the high dosage of Crestor. The symptoms include diarria, vomiting, abdominal pains, back pains, debilitating cramps and charlie horses all over my body, headaches, fatigue, weakness and pain in upper legs this has altered my whole life I am a prisoner in my own home because of this. I have been seeing doctors and specialists since November 2010 they have done test after test and can find nothing I get fevers I get hives, I can't eat but two days a week (if I'm luck). Most the time I feel like I'm dying...Is this from crestor??? I don't know what to do!!! Any advice???
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replied August 7th, 2011
I am turning 61 next month. I've been on Crestor 20 mg for hypercholesterolemia (just under 300) for more than 18 months. I had no real events I considered side effects EXCEPT my memory and cognitive issues of this past year plus. I am taking myself off Crestor and have an appt to argue with my internist the end of August. After reading all the info available and researching the internet, I realize I very likely am dealing with a Crestor-related issue! What success have people had using the CoQ10, vitamins and antioxidant foods for reducing cholesterol normally (plus exercise to improve LDL)?
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replied October 10th, 2011
There are only 2 things that will lower cholesterol (besides medication/supplements) and they are diet and exercise. No need to explain exercise--we all need to do it but it will increase HDL and lowerLDL. For diet, only alcohol will increase HDL. All other dietary changes will decrease LDL /triglycerides/cholesterol. Look at your HDL over total cholesterol ratio--more accurate as for cardiac risk. After age 40, we don't absorb CoQ10 well and you need to take ubiquinol, precursor to CoQ10. Doesn't help with cholesterol--it is a an enzyme found in muscle and statins reduce the bodies supply. Take it to maintain good heart muscle health. Vitamin D and K2 both help with blood vessel health and maintaining elasticity. K2 helps with proper storage of calcium away from bloodvessels and reduces plaque build up. Science is still not sure if cholesterol is the problem. There is a fat correlation and changing your fat profile helps. NO TRANS FAT. But take more mono and poly unsaturated fats, and good saturated fats. These fats are carried by proteins in the blood that do not embedd the themeselves in the walls of blood vessels because the lipoprotein structure is bigger. It's the very low density lipoproteins that get stuck. Inflammation is a big thing. Antioxidants are going to reduce inflammation which contributes to plaque formation. Astaxanthin is the best and most powerful. Psyllium fiber also helps reduce fat absorption.
Sorry, a lot of info. Try what you like and ask to have a detailed fat profile. May take a few months for your body to change so test about 3 months after your changes
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replied August 10th, 2011
I take simvastatin (40mg) generic for zocor, I have not had any side effects ( been taking for about 5-6 years) and my cholesterol is pretty good, could be better. Need to workout more often. I have recently read that it can reduce the chance of a second stroke, but what about the fact that it mat cause kidney damage and the side effects were around before FDA approval? Good resource: http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/ crestor
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replied August 29th, 2011
change in personality
In response to Homeontherange:
My boyfriend started taking Crestor a month ago and I have noticed a change in his personality. He hasn't been as energetic as he was when we first started dating. He seems more depressed and less ambitious. He is typically a happy guy. It hit me this morning that his change in personality might be due to the medication. I feel so much better after reading your post. I'm hoping we can figure out something else for him to take.
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replied August 29th, 2011
As of this morning, I am officially off Crestor, at least for 6 weeks. My doctor wants to see how I do without it. I have the kind of cholesterol that is inherited and harder to control, but I'm having too much trouble with my joints and other side effects. We shall see.
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replied September 21st, 2011
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Happyinlife,

Don't know if you are still around, but the symptoms you describe in your boyfriend sound very much like what a male experiences when testosterone levels drop. Testosterone is made in the body from cholesterol. Others have reported low testosterone levels after taking statins. Worth checking out.
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replied October 20th, 2011
Crestor and my kidneys.
Doctor took me off Lipitor (which I ha been on for years) and prescribed Crestor. A few weeks later I had my annual blood tests and it showed moderately severe kidney failure !!!
Had to see a kidney specialist and after more tests was told my kidneys were only working at 40% !!!
Then i read about the side effects of Crestor and lo and behold, kidney failure was mentioned. Stopped taking them and four weeks later my kidney function is now 100%.
This dangerous stuff should not be on the market. It could have killed me. Now that is a really bad side effect !!!
Shame on all the authorities involved.with the release of this drug.
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replied November 14th, 2011
Crestor et al
It amazes me that people take medication of all sorts because the "doctor said" For one,the doctors are,nt as smart as they would like us to believe,and secondly many are paid by the pill makers to peddle their wares .
People ..wise up,its your body ,its your choice ,dont take all they say as gospel.do your research and make an informed choice ,never mind what the docs say web sites life this are literally a life saver...TeePee
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replied April 5th, 2012
Add Lyrica a anti seizure drug 50% failure rate, and the other ones have same side effects, that is an F--FAILURE in grading.
But it not only drugs but implanted devices Utube Interstim probe being implanted in the Sacral nerve root, then into your bladder, they leave the wires hanging out of your back to cause more health issues, and if the battery dies, more surgery to replace it. Sets of the bells at the airport, and the probe can become part of the nerve root, and can NEVER be taken out, so you are in Lumbar H for the rest of your live. The Interstim rep has to tune it, (they have to be there when it is put in place) and the wire leads are attached to a fancy Tens unit.
rror stories from the people who fell for it as a last ditch effort to end back pain that radiates into the bladder. It is not only a woman's device they get you men too!
SIDE EFFECTS
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replied December 3rd, 2011
When do muscle aches disappear?
Hi everyone...

I am a 65 year old male who had an artificial aortic heart valve installed five years ago.

I have been taking 20 mg Crestor for four years - Lippetor prior to that.

About four weeks ago my left shoulder muscles and upper left arm started hurtning badly. I went off Crestor 17 days ago but the pain is still there. How long has this pain lasted with others once they stopped Crestor?

I had hive like symptons around both ankles which I thought were alergic reaction tomy socks - they have disappeared now...

I suffer from some memory loss which I thought was possibly due to Alzheimers - my mom had it. I don't think there is improvement since I stopped Crestor.

I am very active - have been doing 45 minutes of level 3 aquafit five days a week plus LOTS of walking for the last three years. I would like to lose 10 lbs...

I don't feel tired while taking Crestor

I have always been a very happy person but I do think I feel marginally better mentally since I stopped Crestor.
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