My husband's total cholesterol was 170 (down from 210) when he last had a physical (about a month ago). He's been on Welchol for about a year. The dr. changed the prescription to generic lipitor after he finishes up the last of the Welchol, with a blood work check after 3 months on the lipitor. He hasn't started it yet, but I'm questioning the need for it. We're watching our diets, he exercises faithfully, is in decent shape, with about 10 pounds to lose, and has normal blood pressure. He's 56 yrs. old and feels great. His father and uncles have/had heart disease, but ate a diet rich in lunch meat and sausages! I just hate for him to introduce something that might cause fatigue and joint pain. Don't have LDL/HDL/trigly #'s in front of me, or I'd post them. Anyway, would appreciate any comments on this.
I don't understand why the Dr. is putting him on Lipitor if the Welchol is working. As you said, it could very well cause the side effects you metioned. I'd be interested to see what his other numbers are as well cause to me, even 210 is NOT a bad total cholesterol. Some Drs. are just a bit too pill happy for me.
Years ago they shoved me on Lipitor and then Baycol and trust me, I never felt so rotten in all my life. I have now told my new Dr. not to even think of putting me on ANY cholesterol med. Most of the time my numbers are just fine and other times a tad over but that is my own fault as sometimes I just don't stick to my good diet and splurge some. When my numbers come back a bit over she just tells me to watch the diet.
Wishing you and hubby the best.....JJ.....
When you come to the end of your rope..tie a knot and hang on!
Thanks, JJ. I just found his test results for his last blood work. HDL-43, LDL-117, triglyc-96, glucose-97, total colesterol-179. I go to the other dr. in that group and was put on BP meds for some high readings last spring. Took it for a month, felt crummy, asked her about serious diet and exercise. Her response was meds in conjunction with diet and exercise and that I would probably have to take it the rest of my life. I tried diet and exercise and my BP is now within normal range and I take nothing. Trying to find a new dr. is not as easy as one would think. I found out the really good ones usually don't take new patients. Plus we would have to start all over again establishing a relationship. So I think we'll stay with this group, but really advocate for ourselves. We like both drs.and I think they are open to working with us if we resist the stronger meds, so I think we'll probably stay with them. Any serious problem would be referred to a specialist anyway, so we're probably OK. But if I would come across a good recommendation, I might consider a change. Is it safe to start a statin and then stop it if it if you don't like it? Are side affects reversible? Just in case he wants to start it, but I'm going to push for NO!
What's a low dose of B3? He gets 20mg niacin in his multi vitamin everyday. Which probably isn't all absorbed.
You will want the Flush Niacin because it's the flushing effect that raises the HDL. Start with 50 mg. If there is no flushing after a few days (because he's already taking 20mg.) he could go to a 100 mg. tab. and continue to raise the dosage, about every week or so, until he's taking 1000 mg daily.
It's a slow ramp up over months. You don't ever want to take a high dose from the get go! Let the body slowly get used to the flushing so that it can eventually handle larger amounts without discomfort. Flushing creates redness of skin and itching. This can be severe if one hasn't created this acclimatization
btw: You can always score large tabs to the dosage needed (fourths or halves) if you can't find smaller amounts.
Best with this,
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