My dearest friend takes Zocor 20mg and reports no side effects at all...he's the mildest mannered person on the planet.
Why not give a months' trial with Lipitor 10 mg and see if it's easier on your nerves. (Psst the 20's cost the same and are easily splittable....not that ANYBODY would ever do this! )
My hunch is that Pfizer might even send you a freebie trial is you ask them....God knows every doctor's office gets inundated with the sample packs.
If the Liipitor affects you the same way, then you might have to try something other than statins.
(adding tranquilizers is a solution- but a bad one IMHO)
Oh yes, statins have been known to cause behavioral changes. Increased irritability, moodiness, depression, memory problems, suicidal tendencies, and aggressive behavior have all been associated with the use of these drugs. Let's face it. Cholesterol has many essential functions, one of which has to do with cognitive ability and proper brain function. It is certainly possible for cholesterol levels to be too low, and low levels have been associated with an increase in aggressive behavior. Maybe that's why our roadways here in New Jersey are becoming more and more like war zones. It kind of makes you wonder, doesn't it?
Well, I have never personally taken statins, but my father has. He had been taking Zocor for several years (40mg), and during this time I had noticed that he had become much more irritable and impatient, and it became particularly evident while he was driving. However, he also experienced physical problems (muscular pains and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy) which ultimately caused him to quit taking this stuff. Of course, his doctor didn't approve, but that's too bad. My father says he's feeling better now that he's off Zocor, and he is taking several other supplements instead. You know, it is really a shame that so many doctors have been brainwashed to the extent that they are more concerned about boosting profits for drug companies than they are about the health and well being of their patients.