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Old 07-13-2001, 04:12 PM   #1
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Lipitor Fatigue? Side Effect

Was wondering what experience others might have had with fatigue from taking Lipitor.

Just left my Doc and after about 2 minutes of describing my symptoms he said "sometimes the body does not tolerate these drugs, lets stop it for a while and see what happens".

After getting home and doing a little reading on line I am shocked at the side effects.

It seems many people have muscle issues and I am wondering if my extreme fatigue is also Lipitor related?

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Old 07-13-2001, 04:40 PM   #2
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Re: Lipitor Fatigue? Side Effect

Hi Chuck..Well I'm glad to see your dr. had the sense to lay off the Lipitor to see if that is it. I was on Lipitor last year and after the second month was totally exhaused from nothing, and I felt totally useless. I complained to the dr. as I was always like the Energizer Bunny, but he said "NO WAY was it the Lipitor"! Well after the 3rd month I started with not only the fatigue but the aches, pains, weird dreams, stomach problems to the point I couldn't eat and lost 13 lbs. in less than 2 weeks.

Finally he sent me to a GI man who found nothing wrong, I also had to go through tests etc. etc. Dr. still wouldn't take me off it, just gave me prilosec. I finally took myself off and after 3 weeks started to feel HUMAN again. Needless to say the dr. had a fit and would not work with me for an alternative so I said, "See Ya" and found me another dr. This one said my cholesterol is a tad high, but for now, exercise, stay with my diet, as she thinks it is good, and we will see what happens in a few months. I now go to the gym 3 days a week for the last month and actually starting to do stuff I couldn't do while on those drugs. Just hopeing that the exercise and watching what I eat will do the trick. I wish ya luck, and keep us posted how it is going!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> JJ

 
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Re: Lipitor Fatigue? Side Effect

There is little doubt that it is caused by the lipitor , while I was on the stuff , only 10 mg I didn't want to do anything . Had no energy at all and after awhile I also got the terrible muscle pains . I would wake up in the morning with stuff hurting bad for no reason of course the Dr. kept telling me I must have pulled something , took me quite awhile to figure out it was the drugs .

 
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Re: Lipitor Fatigue? Side Effect

JJ & Vipergg

Thanks. It is comforting to know that I am not imagining this. My doc is a bit older and when I was reviewing this with my wife last night I told her "he must have had some experience with the Lipitor cause he did not let me even finish my list of symptoms. He interrupted me and said "let's stop the Lipitor and see what happens". "

Amazing, I had no idea.

I take Synthroid (low thyroid) and was convinced it was that.

Now hearing from both of you I am encouraged.

JJ: We (Rose and I) started back to the gym about two months ago. Guess I'll just be super careful with what I eat and see how it goes.

Thanks so much for your responses. Now I don't feel nuts.

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Re: Lipitor Fatigue? Side Effect

Hi Chuck..No your not NUTS, but I know how ya feel, my dr. made me start to wonder about myself! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/round.gif"> Hubby was on Lipitor for almost 7 years, can't imagine how the guy did it, and he was constantly tired and achy, but blamed it on his other meds. He also has high BP, type 2 diabetes, and prostrate trouble, so he is on a lot of meds. It wasn't until I went on them, got so sick, found this board and started asking questions, did I put 2 an 2 togehter and come up with 4!

Now hubby will not take them, and his cardiologist told him as long as he watches what he eats, goes to the gym and keeps active, he should do fine. His is more of a trigs. problem. They were over 400 for the last 2 years, but since going to the gym he has brought them down to 300. I know that is still high, but a big difference from the last 2 years. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

Hubby has been going to the gym for about a year, and I just started a month ago. Man, the first week I thought they were going to cart me out after only 15 minutes on the treadmill. Now I am up to 45 minutes, 2.5 speed and incline 3 days a week. I know it isn't much, but sure better than a year ago. I wish ya all the best, and you and Rose stay with that gym thing. Keep us posted, and good luck, and God Bless!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif"> JJ

 
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Re: Lipitor Fatigue? Side Effect

JJ:

Rose and I are both overweight. Why is it not as much fun taking it off as it was putting ot on <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">.

Anyway two weeks ago Rose was doing the Nautillus chest press. You know the one where you sit straight up and your arms are way out to the side and you pull them into the center?

Well this young (twenty something) woman was there with her boyfriend or husband and she struglled to do one. Good ole Rose was able to do two sets.

So I told her, "we've got some muscles under there , just under a lot of fat" <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

This is the third day that I have not taken Lipitor and don't feel good yet, but do notice I don't feel as bad.

Amazing.

I don't blame my doc. He probably thought the risk was low for me and thought the high cholesterol was a greater risk. Maybe he told me to check back with him I don't remember.

Guess I'll be getting some Omega3 this week <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

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Re: Lipitor Fatigue? Side Effect

Oh boy, that must have made Rose feel good huh? <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Seeing you are both overweight, I think a change in diet and the gym just might do the trick for you.

I agree about not blaming the dr. and I think it was great that he took you off as soon as symptoms started. It takes about a month to really get that stuff out of your system, sometimes longer for some folks, so you should see a difference in a couple of weeks. As long as your not feeling worse and if you keep feeling better, then it was the Lipitor, so hang in there.

I don't know what other vitamins you take, but most everyone, including the dr. said to take a multi...400IU of E..and Omega 3. I bought the Costco brand..Kirkland, and it is 1,000 mgs. a capsule, so I take one a day, and hubby takes two. The Omega and the gym are the only 2 things I have added since going off the statins 4 months ago, so we will see if it is working the next blood test. I hope it does, as I and hubby tried different statins, and neither of us could tolerate them, me especially. Good luck to you and Rose, and tell her to keep showing those KIDS up at the gym! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Good luck, and do keep us posted. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif"> JJ

 
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JJ:
I am tying to learn about the OMEGA-3 stuff. We have a Wal-mart nearby and the usual assortment of small drug stores.

I am taking 400IU of E, 1 Gram of C, B Complex, Selenium, Magnesium, Chromium, Calcium and Metamusil daily.

Just dropped the soy protein based on what I read over on the iThyroid site.

I've tried the multi's and something in most of them seems to upset me.

Did your doc think the eating smart, exercise and Omega3 would keep your cholesterol in line?

BTW, I am going to do the hair analysis I read about over there to get a better read on what my body needs nutritionally.

If it works I'll post up the results.

Chuck

 
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Re: Lipitor Fatigue? Side Effect

Hi Chuck..I haven't had a chance to read the entire article link that Alan posted about the Omega 3 yet. Right now my dr. just told me to take the multi..C..E.. and Omega 3, and keep up with the gym thing to see if mine will stay under control. Even though my weight is almost normal, she said losing a few extra pounds would help also. I'm giving it my best shot, cause I DO NOT want to resort to those statin drugs.

Hubby like I said, did bring his trigs. down 100 pts. being on the Omega 3. His cardiologist also told him to take exactly what I am taking, so I feel both drs. can't be that far off. Just keeping my fingers crossed at this stage of the game! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

I'm confused about what you meant about the multi's and also this hair thing? Haven't had a chance to read all the posts, as I have been going like a nut the last few days, so maybe you can explain. I'm certainly sure that some of the other folks here might also beable to guide you in the right direction also, as they do their homework here. Have you chatted with your dr. about what he/she might think might be good for you to try, or are they just waiting to see if the pains go away being off the Lipitor?

I think you said you have a thyroid problem? I do know that having a thyroid problem can set off high cholesterol, as my neighbor is being treated for both, but he takes Lipitor 10 mgs. every other day, and it seems to be doing fine. He is one of the lucky ones also that has no side effects. All I can say for now, is to ask any other questions to the board and see if they can help you decide what might or might not be good for you. Trust me, I am no expert, just doing alot of trial and error here. Talk soon! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif"> JJ

 
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JJ:

I have been taking Synthroid for years. I thought all of the symptoms were realted to that not Lipitor. Shows what I know <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

The doc wants to wait (took my blood and will test for liver function and thyroid values) and see if my symptoms go away coming off Lipitor. I think he already believes this is the problem cause as I was telling him my symptoms he interrupted me and did not even let me finish my little list.

On the iThyroid.com there is a Dr. Wilson that now does a hair analysis. I know this was panned in a recent JAMA article but he says it cause the labs they used wash hair before it is tested. If you do not do this he says, analyizing hair can tell you a lot about what your vitamin / mineral needs are.

I am going to try it.

It bothers me that people say "take this and try it". While that may be the best course, I would think this would work better if we had some data about what we need.

I also know there is a link between thyroid and cholesterol and so am trying to see if there is some other supplement that my body needs that will address this.

Chuck

 
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Re: Lipitor Fatigue? Side Effect

Well I am glad to see your dr. is staying on top of things and willing to stop something if he thinks it is the cause. My dr. had the attitude either do it my way, or forget it, so I left and found another dr. that will listen and try something else if need be.

As far as the hair thing, I imagine with the technology they have today they can find out so much even through a few hairs. There is certainly no harm in finding out if your body is lacking something. Many times a simple change in diet, or an extra suppliment of something your body is lacking, or getting too much of could change alot of things. Good luck, and also a big HI to Rose, and keep us posted. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif"> JJ

 
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