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Joint Pain And Statins
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Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more
Is red rice yeast safe for someone who can't take statins due to joint pain? All the research says u.S only allows a trace of ingredient in them.
Depends: Ryr is a statin - it is not regulated by the fda. Statins do not cause joint pain or arthritis. They do cause muscle pain. The side effect is dose related. Smaller doses are often tolerated even in people who haven't tolerated a variety of statins at standard doses. Ryr may also cause muscle pain, depending on the amount you take and the concentration of statin in your batch. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been on Simvastatin for many years, started having leg pain, (worst in knee) x 12+ months. Can statin cause/ worsen joint pain/ osteoarthritis?
Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). ...Read more
Many things: Really need more specifics to give any better answer. ...Read more
Too general: Sorry, this is way too general a question...Even with specifics including your age, medical history, family history, work history, and additional answers the possible causes are many, many things...Please see your doctor to discuss your concerns! this would be like ordering pants for someone and not knowing the gender, age or size! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain: Picture your knee with a shock absorber inside and a small amount of lubricating fluid. That is normal. Now picture the lubrication or shock absorber to be defective. The result is a general pain in the joint worse on weight bearing. Sometime swelling occurs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers