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    Old 11-29-2020, 11:40 AM   #1
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    After years of dealing with high cholesterol and trouble taking cholesterol medications, I've found a medication that lowers it without causing muscle pains! I'm sharing this in case the information can help others.

    I am one of those people who have problems taking cholesterol lowering medications of any kind because it resulted not only in severe muscle pain but extremely elevated liver enzymes. I'm not talking just statins but bile acid sequestrants and a myriad of other things. And nothing I did otherwise--exercising, exercising more, losing weight, going to a completely vegetarian diet--lowered my cholesterol. In fact with each new "healthy" habit I acquired my cholesterol went UP.

    My doctor finally had me try Livalo which is normally prescribed at 4 mg per pill. After much trial and error I was finally able to take a 1 mg dose three times per week without too much muscle pain. Even then I would have to take a drug "holiday" after 6 months or so to let the pains subside. For some reason the Livalo never did elevate my liver enzymes even when it did cause muscle pain and it got my cholesterol down to 230 or so from a high in the 300's.

    Then my health insurer no longer wanted to cover the Livalo! After some research I discovered that there is a generic for Livalo called pitavastatin but it's not sold in the U.S. So my doctor wrote me a paper scrip (instead of sending it to my pharmacy electronically) for 100 of the 2 mg Livalo which I used to order the generic from a certified Canadian pharmacy. I planned to cut the pills in half but decided to try the 2 mg pills every third day. After 3 months on this regimen my cholesterol went below 200 for the first time in over 20 years and LDL etc were in normal range for the first time as well. And no pain! Over the last 8 months, I've gradually increased how much I'm taking to 2 mg every other day. And so far, still no muscle pain.

    Why the generic works without causing the negative side effects is a mystery. But for sure it works for me.

     
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    Old 01-12-2022, 03:32 PM   #2
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    Re: Generic Livalo--doesn't seem to cause muscle pain

    I just wanted to post an update for others who might have problems with taking statins--and for those whose insurance will no longer fill rx's for Livalo which is only available in the brand name in the U.S.--despite being available a a generic in the rest of the world.

    I have now been taking 4 mg of the generic Livalo per day without any side effects. No idea why the generic would be more agreeable to my system than the brand name but there's no doubt that the generic is causing me no problems at all. And my cholesterol is down to about 170 with an HDL of 92. The generic Livalo is manufactured in two different countries: Turkey and India. I'm taking the one from India--cheaper of course but also since it's working for me I don't want to rock the boat. A prescription is required and they come packaged in lots of 100 (ten sheets of blister packs of 10). The cost is less than $70 U.S. and that includes shipping. Shipping time is about 3 weeks.

    Needless to say, my Primary Care doctor is delighted!

     
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