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A 42-year-old male asked:

Taking crestor instead of lipitor (atorvastatin) for 2 mo., but now exper. severe body aches, is this a side effect? reading more and more about this drug causing problems! should i go back to lipitor (atorvastatin)?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Side-effects similar: But some people react differently to each statin was your switch for Lipitor (atorvastatin) 40 to Crestor 40, or 20mg. Or were you at the highest dose of Lipitor (atorvastatin) (80mg)? If so, only cestror 40 is more potent. Lipitor (atorvastatin) has gone generic and may have a price advantage. Discusss with your prescribing doctor. A CPK is warranted.
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 17 years experience
Statins cause aches: All statins may be associated with muscle aches; Crestor and Lipitor are no exception. Other statins like fluvastatin and pravastatin have the lowest risk of muscle aches, but all patients respond differently. You should not be switching statins on your own, but do report these symptoms to your doctor immediately, as they can lead to much more serious, lasting consequences. Don’t delay.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Most, not all muscle pain blamed on statins is a NOCEBO effect. When double blind studies compare statins against placebos the incidence of muscle pain is nearly identical.
Mar 31, 2018

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