Statin Intolerance

Posted by tim1028 @tim1028, Jun 4, 2019

I've developed statin intolerance over the 6 months I've been taking daily 40 mg atorvastatin. I'd like to hear from those of you who also have statin intolerance about what your next steps were. Did you lower the dose of the same statin? Switch to another statin? Stop statins altogether? Other approaches?

In my case, I developed muscle weakness, energy loss, shortness of breath and noticeable brain fog. I've stopped the statin until I am able to discuss the issue with my PCP. I started to feel better after the statin had washed out of my system. Risk factors that indicate that I should be on a statin are low HDL and a high coronary artery calcium score.

@damecarol

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Unfortunately I have an unknown family history of heart disease because I was adopted.
My blood pressure is currently controlled with Lisinopril and Metoprolol ER 118/61 and I don't have Diabetes.
I haven't smoked in 36 years and I am not overweight.
I was prescribed a statin after my HA and as I said they did reduce the numbers but caused side effects.
I am very limited to food choices because of food allergies so I eat a pretty good diet.
I walk daily 5-7 thousand steps measured by my fitbit for the last three years.
As I said I have taken 4 of the 6 available statins with allergic results.
I do plan on speaking to my cardiologist my next appointment about alternatives but hoped someone on the board would have some useful experience with some of the alternatives.
Thank you for your input.
Carol

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@damecarol Hi I know how it is so frustrating about statins. My story In 1996 I had a by pass due to cholesterol or plaque . In the last 10 0r so years the Dr. tried me on all kinds of statins. I have a high count over 250 -300 at one time. Then finally a statin called Crestor was given to me it was a new drug at that time and is the only one that not only has brought my cholesterol down but I don't have any side effects from it ,no muscle pain either . So don't give up ask your Dr. about crestor or Rovostatin.

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lioness, Thank you for the encouragement I am now taking 5mg of Crestor with CoQ10 200mg each day. I have taken it before without too much pain at 5mg but a problem arises when they raise the dosage. I will not be taking over 5mg. I stressed that to my doctor!

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@damecarol

lioness, Thank you for the encouragement I am now taking 5mg of Crestor with CoQ10 200mg each day. I have taken it before without too much pain at 5mg but a problem arises when they raise the dosage. I will not be taking over 5mg. I stressed that to my doctor!

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@damecarol I hope it helps you as it is me , ONe other one that helped but Dr said it worked more on the triglycerides is Triclor . And yes even though our bodies make CoQ 10 we need more as we age as with all vitamins and minerals. Good luck

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