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    Old 03-26-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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    Statin comparison for fatigue

    Hi everyone. I've just found you and have read through a few of the threads but thought I would ask a question about people who have moved from statin to statin because of the fatigue side effects.
    I am 47 and have genetic high cholesterol and heart disease running very strongly through my father's side of the family. I drink rarely, don't smoke and I have a very active lifestyle, 2 big dogs that need walking twice a day and several gym trips each week.
    We have different ways of measuring in the UK but my LDL is high, my HDL is borderline and my trigs are not great!
    I tried exercise, supplements and diet for years but by mid30s it was apparent this was never going to work well enough so I went on statins.
    I started on Lipitor, 20mg, and that brought everything to borderline, which was Ok with the rest of my factors. Then Zocor came off patent so I was switched over and that was fine for a while until I started to get tired, really tired! It crept up on me over about three years or so, I gained a lot of weight, got breathless and blamed everything but the statin.
    Eventually I read an article about statin fatigue and it clicked so I went back to Lipitor 20mg. I felt more energised, lost some weight but the figures this time were not as good, LDL was borderline but HDL was too low and trigs not great so my doctor upped my dose to 40mg. I didn't last a month, the fatigue was terrible, even worse than with Zocor.
    So I am now about to start on 5mg Crestor.
    Has anyone else moved from one statin to another and not carried the side effects across? I know Crestor is prescribed at a lower dose as it is more potent, but is it less likely to cause fatigue than the others?
    Is there a drug alternative to statins that is less likely to cause fatigue? Fibrates?

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