Originally Posted by Imacarbuff
My plan-to stop taking Lipitor completely in about one week. I have been taking 20mg for a few years (and Zocor & Pravachol before that) and last week I thought I would cut back to 10mg (by cutting my 20mgs in half) to ease off instead of stopping from 20mg to nothing.
Tonight (on ConsumerReports.org) I read that "statin withdrawal to a sharply increased risk of stroke,heart attack or death". It mentioned that this came to the front burner when former President Bill Clinton underwent bypass surgery. He had stopped taking his Zocor.
Anyone have any ideas about how to get off these statins without causing more problems than I am trying to cure?
In any case, my insurance company is dumping Lipitor at the end of the year. I would prefer to get off of these....but, if I must stay on one of them-which of the four that I will have to choose from would be best? Lovastatin, Crestor, Zocor or Vytorin? I've heard nothing but bad things about Crestor.
Thanks in advance for anyone who would have time to weigh in on this.
When I went off statins cold turkey my numbers went up pretty high for a few months, but then leveled off. AS Hubble said, if U don't wish to go cold turkey, take something well known and the lowest dose.
I have heard some nasty reports about Crestor, so I wouldn't even think of taking that. A friend of mine was on Lipitor for years, even up to 80 mgs. and had very lil side effects, but the minute they switched her to Crestor, she had nasty side effects. She now is on Vytorin and seems to be doing ok.