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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?

Discontinue Meds: A statin medication may cause the unwanted side effect of muscle pain or leg pain. If this is suspected to be the case, the medication should be stopped. If the medication was truly the cause of the leg pain, the pain should stop within one week. ...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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I am 72 years old. I have taken statins for over ten years. My cholesterol is 110. Should i stop taking statins.

I am 72 years old. I have taken statins for over ten years. My cholesterol is 110. Should i stop taking statins.

Total or LDL: If your total cholesterol is 110, you should talk to your doctor about possibly reducing your statin dose. Given your history, your goal LDL or bad cholesterol should be around 70. Do not stop any medication without checking with your doctor first. Statin not only lower your cholesterol, they also have an anti-inflammatory and plaque stabilizing effect that your dr. Is trying to accomplish. ...Read more

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How to counteract muscle weakness from taking statins?

How to counteract muscle weakness from taking statins?

Possibly: 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 Lipitor (atorvastatin) you should definitely also take coq-10. ...Read more

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If i start taking statins will I have to continue taking for the rest of my life? I am 60 years old, moderately active. 74" tall 225lbs.

If i start taking statins will I have to continue taking for the rest of my life? I am 60 years old, moderately active. 74" tall 225lbs.

It depends: With weight loss, regular exercise, and a heart healthy diet, your need for a statin may be reduced, and in some cases elimated. This will depend on your cholesterol level and your current statin dose. ...Read more

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Is there any advantages with taking statins compared to an alternate ie fabrizate as not everyone is convinced by Statins due some side effects?

Pleotropic benefits: Statins have been around since the 1980s and there is lots of evidence that independent of their lipid lowering benefit, they are anti-oxidants, stabilize endothelium and are anti-inflammatory. They significantly reduce ones risk of an adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular event for these reasons in addition to reducing cholesterol numbers. ...Read more

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How to prevent cad, i'm 38 with 30% LAD don't want to get any worse, don't like taking statins what other natural alternative is available, please detail.

How to prevent cad, i'm 38 with 30% LAD don't want to get any worse, don't like taking statins what other natural alternative is available, please detail.

30% is normal: For your age & shouldn't be an issue. But kudos for wanting to limit its progression. While genetics are a factor, there are steps you can take. Limit alcohol & avoid tobacco smoke. Watch saturated & trams fat intake. Maintain healthy wt & exercise. Dr lustigs' book 'fat chance'is good. Netdiary app can be helpful too. ...Read more

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Should you be taking COQ10 supplements if you taking statins? Also takes hypertension medication daily.

Should you be taking COQ10 supplements if you taking statins? Also takes hypertension medication daily.

Some people have: found that CoQ10 reduces the side effects associated with Statin use. There are no peer reviewed scientifically validated studies to support this claim however I have had patient's in whom they do notice a reduction in symptoms and side effects with its use. It can't really do any harm so I don't restrict them from continuing it. ...Read more

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Can we stop taking statins? Or will my cholesterol zoom up after stopping statins, even if I maintain exercise and low fat diet?

Can we stop taking statins? Or will my cholesterol zoom up after stopping statins, even if I maintain exercise and low fat diet?

Your cholesterol: will initially rise after stopping statins, like taking the lid off a jack-in-the-box. The level will eventually return to what is normal for your body. Diet accounts for about 15-20 % of your lab values. Depending on your lab values, Marine Fish oil of good quality and proper dose and/or red yeast rice will lower levels well. Peace and good health. PS: Eggs are good, yolk and all. ...Read more

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My protein is 7.7, should I see a doctor? It showed up on bloodwork from a health fair, should I stop taking statins in the meantime? What does it mea

My protein is 7.7, should I see a doctor? It showed up on bloodwork from a health fair, should I stop taking statins in the meantime? What does it mea

Hyperlipidemia: I understand your concern. Serum protein of 7.7 is within normal limits. Please see your physician for lipid panel and chemistry as you have been on statins medication, and adjustment of medication based upon lab findings and your life style including exercise. Also see a nutritionist regarding your diet. ...Read more

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Just stopped taking statins due it muscle aches is it now safe to take red yeast rice?

Just stopped taking statins due it muscle aches is it now safe to take red yeast rice?

Maybe: Not sure which statin you were on nor the dose of the one you discontinued. But "red yeast rice" actually contains a low dose of a statin. Look at the active ingredients. Alot of people donot realise that red yeast rice has a statin in it, albeit a low dose. Before you start red yeast rice, therefore, get a baseline if CPK value. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with 65% carotid stenosis right side, 50 left. Trouble after 4 days taking statins, with peripheral neuropathy. What can I do instead?

Diagnosed with 65% carotid stenosis right side, 50 left.  Trouble after 4 days taking statins, with peripheral neuropathy.  What can I do instead?

Several things: Statins are important to lower your risk but muscle complaints (not necessarily neuropathy) are common. Strategies to reduce side effects include trying other statins, decrease dose, or spreading out the dose. For example - taking a half dose twice per day. Some studies have support the use of a nutritional supplement call coenzyme q10 to reduce muscle related side effects. Work closely with md. ...Read more

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Is there a way to raise HDL and lower HDL cholesterol besides taking statins. Been reading some forums about apple cider vinegar and it seems to work?

Is there a way to raise HDL and lower HDL cholesterol besides taking statins. Been reading some forums about apple cider vinegar and it seems to work?

Eat healthy/Exercise: Do not get into any of the stuff you are talking about. Go after the proven interventions. Eat low fat -plant based diet and exercise daily. These interventions will lower your LDL and increase the HDL level(use of unsaturated fats found in fish, nuts and in avocados) can also help. Avoid saturated fats(found in dairy products and in animal fats/meats). ...Read more

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Can a statin drug cause restless leg syndrome?

Muscle spasms: A statin drug would not cause the condition known as "restless leg syndrome", but some pts taking a statin drug do report uncomfortable muscle spasms, you should consult the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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The statin drugs make my legs ache...Why?

The statin drugs make my legs ache...Why?

It's probably geneti: Aching muscles occur in less than 10% of patients on statin drugs. This usually resolves after discontinuation of the drug. Some statins may be more likely than others to cause muscle symptoms. Long term muscle damage is rare. Patients with abnormal kidney function and the elderly may be more susceptible. A change of drug to intermittent use may improve symptoms. Talk to your prescribing md. ...Read more

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