I also got cramps taking Lipitor. I also got neck and joint aches. When my liver enzymes began to rise my doctor switched me to a lower dose of Pravachol, which is a much milder drug. A drug called Niaspan is a good choice, it's an extended release form of Niacin, which corrects all lipid levels, but mainly raises HDL. Another choice is Omega3 fish oil. A prescription OMEGA3 called Lovaza is available which is great at lowering triglycerides. I think these are the best choices, with little side effects.
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Judy 750- Leg and hand cramps, pain in leg calves, misc. pain here and there in your bod, seem to be pretty expectable for SOME OF US on statins.
I've tried several statins, finally got some relief after being treated by a doctor in another city where I spend a lot of time.
First, we stopped simvastatin for a week. The cramps stopped. Then, moved to Crestor 5mg M,W,F., with Q-10, Fenofibrate (Trilipix), and doctor recommended my drinking tonic water with Quinine (quinine is no longer available OTC, but there is enough of it in SOME of the tonic water products to help). NO CRAMPS (which used to bounce me out of bed in the night)!
When I got back home, my HMO doc accepted the med change but increased me to Crestor 5mg daily. I was able to tolerate this until she moved me to 10mg of Crestor, and the cramps started again after a week. I stopped Crestor for a week, cramps went away, and then I resumed Crestor 5mg daily, which seems to work ok. I did find that the quinine content of tonic waters varies: I had bad cramps from a new supply I tried. Schwepps is ok, but pricy - I use Polar (not diet) here in the northeast, but it's not available universally. I found Schwepps even in Vietnam and Camobodia earlier this year.
Thought this story might help somebody with a statin problem.
I have been on a low dose of Lipitor for about 2 years and never had a problem. About 2 weeks ago, I started getting very tired and body aches. I thought I was getting the flu, but I am not. Did your leg cramps come on quickly or over the long term? I am going to go and get my blood tested to see if it is the Lipitor and maybe take something else if the doctor feels I need it.
The leg cramps were random at first, mostly while lying down, and they would bounce me out of bed. After a few months I got into the tonic water/quinine routine, and this knocked the cramps down almost completely. If there isn't some other new med you're taking that might be suspect, you might try the quinine thing. I use it when I take my meds, and a small glass now and then - probably a half-liter per day. Hand cramps are also troublesome. Good luck with finding out what's causing it!
I don't remember how long I was on Lipitor before the cramps started in my legs and feet but it was awhile, maybe several years. I did have horrible knee pain hit in both knees at exactly the same time 2 weeks into starting on only 10mg.. I lived with this horrible pain the whole 5 to 6 years I was on them and it went away with in 2 weeks of stopping the drug. I had joint ache and all kinds of problems show up, the longer I was on them, the worse I got until I was just about non functional... including something I didn't even notice until I got off of them and that was that it had stolen little snippets of my energy, it did that over a long period of time, a little at a time so that I didn't even notice.. I just knew I couldn't DO anything anymore and didn't understand why. I don't know at what time the brain fog set in or how bad it had gotten until I got off and it lifted all at once with in the first 24 hours of missing the next dose.
You just do not realize what this stuff does to you because it happens so slowly. How I was even able to maintain my job I have yet to figure out. Once off it was like coming out of the dark into the daylight and every day that passed, brought on a new discovery of yet another side effect that I didn't realize was a side effect..
Don't count on your doctors to know or even understand what is happening to you. There is no test to see what is or is not a side effect of these drugs. All they will do is prescribe MORE drugs with even more side effects! Most will not even consider that all these sudden problems you are having out of nowhere are a side effect of a drug they gave you. Heck, they aren't even aware of the LISTED side effects! They are also clueless of how to undo the damage these drugs do.
They messed with my hormones, my bladder, my breathing while sleeping (I suddenly had sleep apnea), acid reflux, I went from having NO cataracts to having them so bad in 5 years that they had to be removed, my colon scopy went from finding nothing to 5 precancerous poylups in 5 years.... (2 years off Lipitor, I only had on very small begine one).. There is NO part of my body that they did not mess with. I will pay the rest of my life for every taking this drug in the havoc the reeked on my body. The ones I listed are NOT a full list of the ones I had..
My doctor knows better that even mention statin drugs to me again!