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Please give me advice on how to stop leg pain after taking statins?

Please give me advice on how to stop leg pain after taking statins?

CoQ10: Statin drugs can definitely cause muscle pain. This occurs for multiple reasons. One mechanism is that statins reduce the endogenous production of coq10, a vital anti-oxidant and important component of energy producing processes within the mitochondria inside your cells. If you take statins you should definitely also take coq-10. ...Read more

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Statins (Definition)

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


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What are the symptoms in leg from taking statins?

What are the symptoms in leg from taking statins?

Muscle aches: Statins are usually well tolerated but the most common symptom are muscle aches/stiffness found in extremities which can be seen immediately or with time. I recommend stopping the statin, loading up with co q 10 100mg for one month and then restarting it. Statins use up vital co q 10; if that does not work, try another statin at a lower dose, welchol, (colesevelam) etc. ...Read more

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My mother has high cholesterol. She is currently taking statins, but they cause her arms + legs muscle pain. Are there alternate treatments?

My mother has high cholesterol. She is currently taking statins, but they cause her arms  + legs muscle pain. Are there alternate treatments?

Yes, but... : There are alternatives. The question is, what are her risk factors in the first place? If no strong family history of heart disease and she isn't a smoker then Zetia (ezetimibe) or fish oil, even red rice yeast are options. However, for those with heart disease or strong family histories only one class of drug has been shown to result in lower adverse clinical events: statins! If statins needed, try each one! ...Read more

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Can taking a statin cause concentrated muscle/tendon pain after only 3 days? Right leg pain (outside knee area) ONLY during walking after a while.

Can taking a statin cause concentrated muscle/tendon pain after only 3 days? Right leg pain (outside knee area) ONLY during walking after a while.

Not likely but: possible. Have your doctor take a look at it. There are various statins, some cause less muscle side effects. And sometimes reducing the dose helps. ...Read more

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I have taken most every statin always resulting in shoulder/arm/leg pain. I finally told my doc no more. Yet he insists that I go back on one. What?

I have taken most every statin always resulting in shoulder/arm/leg pain. I finally told my doc no more. Yet he insists that I go back on one. What?

Prevention: It's likely he is trying to prevent a heart attack or stroke. Ask him why. Any decision in medicine involves weighing the risk and benefit of the therapy and condition. ...Read more

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Problems with taking statins?

Yes: Used to lower cholesterol, statins can sometimes irritate the liver. More often, they can cause muscle aches & weakness, rarely leading to rhabdomyolysis. More recently, fda changed labeling notifying of possible increase in blood sugars & possible memory impairment in those taking statins. Check out my thoughts at http://alvinblin.Blogspot.Com/2012/02/dark-side-of-statins-part-3-fda-steps.Html. ...Read more

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High sgpt when taking statins?

High sgpt when taking statins?

Rhabdomyolysis?: Sgpt is usually a liver injury marker but may also get elevated when skeletal muscle is injured. The big worry in someone on statins is rhabdomyolysis, skeletal muscle fiber breakup. Your physician knows how to pursue the workup. ...Read more

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Why might taking statins lead to rhabdomyolysis?

Why might taking statins lead to rhabdomyolysis?

Nobody knows: It's well worth the risk if you need them, and many people do. Be aware of the warnings (weakness, muscle pain, dark urine). ...Read more

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Leg Pain (Definition)

Leg pain is a clinical finding that can occur with exercise, injury, arthritis, infection, ...Read more