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I think if your father is doing well at age 76 by doing the things he has been doing and is feeling fine then why upset the apple cart? I think the decision should be left up to him as to what he wants to do as far as the Liptor is concerned.

I have been on Lipitor 10mg for almost 2 months now and I have had no side effects from it as of yet. I'm 49 and my I didn't think my levels were all that high but the doctor insisted I go on it. My cholesterol was 229, Trig. 140, HDL 140, LDL 160. The Chol/HDL ratio was 5.7

I had lab work done on 12/23/04 but I don't know the results yet. I will know them on Monday. The only thing the doctor told me was abnormal with my lab test was the Renin/Aldosterone test he did. My renin level was high (6.64) and the aldosterone level was low (5.2) He was looking to see if I had Primary Hyperaldosteronism.

I'm not a doctor but I think 80mg of Lipitor is a lot. I work in a group home for Developmentally Disabled and quite a few of the elderly patients there have high cholesterol worse than your father's and they are only on 10mg of Lipitor and it seems to be working because their levels have improved.

I would research this further if it were my father and possibly get a second opinion before I let the doctor start him on 80mg. I think it's a little extreme. Why doesn't the doctor start him on 10mg if he really thinks he needs it?


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