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    Old 11-09-2004, 11:07 AM   #1
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    New Results - Holy Moly!

    I'm a 28-yr old male, no pre-existing conditions, not obease. But family history includes all cardiovascular disease on both sides. Diagnosed with High Choles about 1 month ago.

    Since that month my daily regimen has been:
    - Morning bowl of oatmeal
    - 1 teaspoon of high quality Norwegian Cod Liver Oil
    - 100mg CoQ10
    - 10mg Crestor
    - Multivitamin
    - Low carb intake (no pastas), limited sugar intake (drinks, desserts), increase of tofu, vegetables.

    Here are my results: (!!!)

    Before After
    Total 232 113
    Tri 301 105
    HDL 47 52
    LDL 161 55
    ALT N/A 45(!)

    Looks like a drastic change. I couldn't believe it. Now I'm thinking, could I do this without Crestor? or with a limited dose?

    BTW, I have'nt had any side effects. No aching anywhere even after I exercise. But my head does feel fuzzy sometimes. Is this a side effect?

    ***My MAIN question is this***: I want to reduce my Crestor dosage. Can I just take it 3 times week(M, W, F)? Or should start pill splitting? Is either more/less effective? In addition after changing my dosage, I was planning on taking another test 1 month from now.

    Thanks for any advice from people who have self-reduced.

    - chris

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    Old 11-09-2004, 01:13 PM   #2
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    Re: New Results - Holy Moly!

    Without a doubt, it's the CRESTOR as far as Total and LDL. Crestor probably contributes to a modest (5 pts?) HDL gain as well. As far as the TRIGS, Crestor will drop those at least 15-20%, the big drop though was probably due to the fish oil. I dropped from 250 to 170 with an average of 8 mg (splitting the pill 3X a week) Crestor daily.

     
    Old 11-09-2004, 01:17 PM   #3
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    Re: New Results - Holy Moly!

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    ... with an average of 8 mg (splitting the pill 3X a week) Crestor daily.
    Have you every tried just skipping on some days? Have you heard if skipping days is as effective as splitting?

    As for splitting how do you do it? I saw some "pill splitters" at GNC, wondering if they work ok.

     
    Old 11-09-2004, 01:17 PM   #4
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    Re: New Results - Holy Moly!

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    ***My MAIN question is this***: I want to reduce my Crestor dosage. Can I just take it 3 times week(M, W, F)? Or should start pill splitting? Is either more/less effective? In addition after changing my dosage, I was planning on taking another test 1 month from now.

    Thanks for any advice from people who have self-reduced.

    - chris
    Try 1/2 pill daily..it will be very effective. I used a pill splitter from Walgreen's. It splits VERY easily! You should see about 80% of the reduction you got with a whole pill . Wait at least a month before rechecking though.

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    Old 11-09-2004, 01:23 PM   #5
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    Re: New Results - Holy Moly!

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    It splits VERY easily!
    Thanks very much for your replies, and yeah I will wait a month for another test.

    It was just so shocking to see those new #'s - I couldn't believe it.

     
    Old 11-09-2004, 02:36 PM   #6
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    Re: New Results - Holy Moly!

    Except for your TG's your before numbers aren't all that bad. Keep in mind that cholesterol/lipid levels are only one of several risk factor's for the development of CAD/CVD.

    Since you are so young if I were you I would get my weight down to the "ideal" weight for your height/frame, exercise everyday, continue with your reduced carb diet, continue with your supplements and eliminate the Crestor altogether. After six to 12 weeks I would re-test and re-evaluate your results at that time.

    You are only 28 years old and it doesn't make sense to me to continue to take a drug for next 50-60 years if it's not necessary. If you can reduce several or all of your risk factors for CAD/CVD with diet, weight loss and exercise that makes more sense the just reducing cholesterol/lipid levels.

    You should of course discuss this with your doctor.

     
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