Originally Posted by goldenboys
Just would like opinions as to whether you can get off a statin once your on it. Dr. put me on Zocor when my LDL was 178 while not knowing what my HDL or cholesterol was. I was having HBP at the time so he also put me on meds for that. That was in March and now I am totally off BP meds and doing ok while trying to get the atenolol out of my system. I will have my blood tests before I see him in Aug and wondering if the total picture shows good numbers can I wean off of Zocor? Does it come in 5 mgs and if so can you cut them in half? I always like to go to my dr. with info to fight back with....
I don't know about you, but in my opinion, a doctor who prescribes a statin based on only an LDL figure is NUTS!!!! Your LDL/HDL ratio is more important than the total cholesterol level... Didn't he look at this ratio?
Once you are on statins, your doctor will almost certainly recommend that you stay on it for the rest of your life. Once you go off the drug, your cholesterol level will return to it's former level.
Have you tried any lifestyle changes (different diet, more exercise, supplements) before going on Zocor? Didn't your doctor recommend this for 3-6 months before deciding on the statin - to see if you could lower the numbers without drugs?
As far as Zocor coming in 5mg doses, I can't say. But you can cut your pill in a half and see how you do on that doseage. I used to do that with my Lipitor.