A 82-year-old male asked:
If i have had serious muscle and joint pain in my thighs and knees from taking different statin drugs, is there any statin drug that i can safely take?
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Rheumatology 46 years experience
Probably not: Most people with statin induced muscle pain will have it from all statins. There are other types of choelsterol lowering drugs that are not statins that can be tried including niacin. All drugs, however do have side effects so it can be difficult to find one you tolerate.
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Cardiology 44 years experience
Possibly: The muscle pain from statins is dose related. Pravastatin and Crestor (rosuvastatin) are metabolized differently than the others and are generally better tolerated. I've had good luck with 5 mg of Crestor (rosuvastatin) once day or, in extremely difficult cases, 3x a week - tolerated with surprisingly good results lowering cholesterol. Some people take coenzyme q 10 to help prevent pain (not proven). Avoid niacin.
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Last updated Oct 13, 2016
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