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High Cholesterol board


Hi Everyone,

This is the first time I've ever had High Cholesterol. It was 229 so the doctor started me on Lipitor 10mg at night. Last year at this time it 186. I have no idea why it's so high now because my diet has not changed. I'm still eating the same things I've always eaten.

Is there a difference between Lipitor and Pravachol? I know there has been a lot attention given to Lipitor lately but what about Pravachol? Is that a better drug with less side effects than Lipitor? Is there anything I should look out for while taking Lipitor?

We use it a lot in the group home I work in but we'd never know if the girls were having any side effects to it because they are Developmentally Disabled and can't talk. Any information would benefit me and them.

Thanks
Dianne
I don't know much about Lipitor or Pravachol, but just want to express my surprise that your doctor would start you on one of those medications if your total cholesterol was only 229 without trying lifestyle modifications first. What were the other numbers, for LDL, HDL and triglycerides? The ratios tell one more about whether or not there is a real problem. Do you have other risk factors?

My doctor started making noises about putting me on a cholesterol-lowering drug in 2001, when my total cholesterol was 275, but I resisted. In 2003, I had it down to 247 with only modest dietary changes (I'll admit I didn't try too hard) and no exercise. My doctor was still talking Lipitor. At that point I chose to get more serious about dietary changes and to start an OTC niacin therapy instead with Enduracin, a sustained-release niacin. With just 500 mg Enduracin (one-third the typical prescribed amount), my TC in June was down to 202, LDL to 115, HDL to 70, and trigs to 83. Though those are pretty good numbers, because of family history my doctor wanted them even better, so I've since increased the Enduracin to 750 mg. (half the typical dose). And it is costing me less than five dollars a month. I know that there are contraindications and some people should not be on Niacin therapy, but it never ceases to amaze me that most doctors automatically think everyone has to start with the expensive prescriptions.
dianne,

Lipitor is stronger than pravachol so you take less of it.
I've taken Lipitor 10mg. for quite a while and I like the drug a lot. It shaved 100 points offf my cholesterol and MORE than 100 points off my LDL.
I took lipitor for three or more yrs and it caused me soooo many bad side effects i discontinued taking it. The muscle pains were horrible, not to mention memory loss. Last week my cardio prescribed pravigard(pravachol 40mg/asprin 325). She suggested i take half a pill.

Since i discovered the cause of my high cholesterol problem i will not take the pill.
Dianne, in another post did you mention that you take lasix? Could this be the cause of your cholesterol problem? My cardio said that lasix wouldn't increase glucose, but she never mentioned cholesterol?
I have a long history of high cholesterol and I have tried everything in the book. I took Pravachol and it seemed to be working just fine until I changed doctor's and my new one ordered some tests and found that my CK levels were very elevated and this was due to the Pravachol. He promptly switched me over to a different medication. I am now taking Zocor and the last time I had blood work, my total cholesterol was down to about 180. Hope this helps.