Originally Posted by drupe56
Anyone have side effects while on Zocor that weren't listed? Thanks.
I took Zocor,20mg, for about 6 months, during that time I had muscle spasms
in my right calf, lower back, also the muscle that goes from the knee down to
the foot, under my foot, and a strange buzzing sensation in my left thigh
muscle. I even noticed that my left eyelid was twitching slightly.
There were also instances of severe cramping in my right calf muscle, and
a strange cramping in one of my toes on my right foot.
(At the time of a routine visit to the doctor about 3 months into the Zocor,
I was getting the calf cramps and spasms, as well as the foot cramps,-
And I did mention these issues to him in reference to the Zocor,
The doctor shrugged it off and said that it wasn't from the Zocor. I reluctantly continued taking the Zocor for another 3 months, and it was in
that time period that the other symptoms kicked in. I was wondering if it
was caused from working long hours, not enough sleep, not eating right,
not taking vitamins / potassium deficiency?)
I never had all these spasms or 'charlie-horse' cramps before I started taking
the Zocor, -- so on my own, I stopped taking the Zocor to see if it would make a difference. Sure enough, after about a week, I noticed a decrease
in the number of calf and back spasms. It took about a total of 3-4 weeks
before I noticed that all of the symptoms had vanished.
Needless to say, I was relieved, and I am lucky that the spasms/cramps did
not continue. From what I have been reading online, there are many people
who have continued muscle pain even after stopping the use of their
I do realize that everyone reacts differently to these statin drugs,
but are some people feeling a false sense of security if they don't
experience "noticeable" muscle spasms within the first 6 months? Or first year? By the time some people get symptoms, it may be too late to reverse
the muscle damage.
As for me, I'm going to try my best to control my cholesterol
by eating a stricter, healthier diet, with supplements. This is easier said
than done, but I don't want to take any statin drugs that pose a risk for potential muscle damage. My next blood test will show my progress.
In the past, my cholesterol w/o Zocor was 240 to 260,
w/Zocor was 178. I'm hoping now to get it around 200 w/o Zocor.