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Old 03-15-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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Question Statins and Prostatitis


I'm new here and this is my first post. I've searched before hand to and found a little info on this situation, but no thread specifically dedicated to it.

So here's the deal. I'm a young man, 30, that has always been fairly healthy. High blood pressure and high cholesterol run in my family, so I was tested and my cholesterol was through the roof. I tried dieting and that helped some, but didn't go all the way. My doc prescribed me Lipitor and within a couple weeks my hamstrings felt like they were rotting off, so I was quickly switched to Pravastatin. Things seemed ok, until...

I started getting this bad pelvic pain and extreme pain with ejaculation. I could get more graphic, but let's just say things were *not* normal at all. I go to see the urologist and he says I have prostatitis. Gives me some antibiotics and calls it a day. I think, cool, got this all figured out and I'll be better in a while. NO. It's going on 8 months or so now and after about 5 or 6 different runs on different antibiotics nothing seemed to work. So I just up and quit all meds (Pravastatin and Prozac) and through my hands up. I had read a lot about prostatitis and causes, but couldn't find any info on a link to statins. I did find info about chemical (i.e. meds) being irritants and causing prostatitis. To my surprise, my pains eased up and things returned to normal. So, I started my Pravastatin again like 3 days ago and my pelvis is already starting to burn a little. This sucks!

Anybody else with similar experiences or info on a link. Tell me I'm not alone. Should I try a different statin, as of course, it is doing wonders for my numbers?


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Old 03-16-2009, 04:36 AM   #2
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Re: Statins and Prostatitis

You could try using a fenofibrate (Tricor in the US) rather than a statin or you could explore niacin (vitamin B3) as a more natural approach to cholesterol control. Your doctor should be able to advise you on which would best suit your condition.

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Old 03-16-2009, 10:43 AM   #3
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Re: Statins and Prostatitis

How many miligrams are you taking?? I take 10 milligrams of Pravachol with no problems. If it's 40 milligrams try breaking the pill in half..and take half daily. The higher the dosage the greater the side effects.

Note: I take the brand drug called Pravachol....... Pravastatin is the generic drug which began being sold about 2 years ago. Are they the same?? Generic TOPROL, Metoprolol, WELLBUTRIN and numerous others are all being recalled by the FDA for causing dangerous side effects and health hazards. Most generics are being manufactured cheaply in foreign countries at bargain basement prices. Another choice of a milder statin is called MEVACOR, the generic is Lovastatin. This generic may be safer because it has been manufactured already for many years.

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