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Old 04-28-2010, 03:15 PM   #1
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why do I have to be on lipitor forever

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Re: why do I have to be on lipitor forever

I was able to lower my high Cholesterol and high Triglycerides down to very healthy levels, and keep it that way, through appropriate, healthy diet; all without using any Cholesterol medication.

Has your doctor discussed diet with you?
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Re: why do I have to be on lipitor forever

Hi Machon,

Thanks for responding. No he didn't/hasn't. I have put on a bit of weight which I'm working to take off. But in Sep 2009 when I went in for a yearly, my blood test showed high cholesterol numbers so he immediately put me on 10 mg of Lipitor. A month later, my numbers had decreased to a point that made him happy. But no info about whether or not I should continue to take. Since then, I've read up on it and see items about never being able to get off of it once you start. That sounded odd to me. If I lose the weight and maintain my exercise regimen, I hope to get off of it.

No history of high cholesterol, no family history.

Is it true that if you are on it, you are supposed to stay on it for the rest of your life?

 
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Re: why do I have to be on lipitor forever

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Is it true that if you are on it, you are supposed to stay on it for the rest of your life?
Probably most doctors and writers of medical articles assume that most patients will not make the needed lifestyle changes (cleaning up their diet, increasing exercise, losing body fat, stopping smoking if they smoke) that may improve their cholesterol levels to the point of needing less or no drugs.

If you do pleasantly surprise your doctor with lifestyle changes, your doctor may find it possible to reduce or eliminate the drug prescription.

 
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Re: why do I have to be on lipitor forever

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Is it true that if you are on it, you are supposed to stay on it for the rest of your life?
If I was a patient at high risk of stroke, I would want to stay on it as long as I could.

I used to take a Statin, Pravachol. I stopped taking it several years ago because it interacted with my other medications and caused uncomfortable increases in my Heart Palpitations.

I have Heart Failure and Persistent Atrial Fibrillation, so I am at a higher risk for stroke, but unfortunately I can't take it. So..... instead, I am on a 1500 calorie per day diet, and I exercise each day, and my Cholesterol and Triglycerides are at very healthy levels.

I would guess, then, that the answer to your question depends upon if your doctor thinks that it is necessary to protect you against stroke. If he says that you can withdraw from the Statin, I would hope that he would give you instructions to slowly wean yourself off of the medication.

Regards..... and best of luck!
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Re: why do I have to be on lipitor forever

I have quit it and know many others that have also quit it.

If you make lifestyle changes and get a diet that works for you, there is NO need to stay on them the rest of your life. Many more are choosing to make the needed changes and get off the statins due to the many side effects they suffer on it. It was my waking up to the side effects that got me off of it, I will no longer take pills where there is another option, especially one as easy are changing the diet.

I know, beyond a doubt, if I had stayed on them, I would be in a nursing home by now. Instead, I am still working and living a full life, and taking care of myself!

 
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