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Vytorin Experience
Mar 6, 2005
In November, 2004 I met with my new cardiologist. He wanted my to try the latest statin Vytorin. I told him that I had tried Lipitor and Pravachol in the past and had leg pain with both. Regardless, he asked me to try Vytorin. After one week I developed leg pain similar to what I experienced with the other statins and I quit taking Vytorin. At my next visit with this cardiologist he was angry that I stopped the Vytorin. (I did call his office but he never got the message). He told me that if I didnít take this medication that I would have a heart attack or a stroke. He also insisted that what I was experiencing was not pain caused by a statin. Long story, short, I agreed to try Vytorin one more time. Within a week the leg pain was back. It started in the calve muscles and spread to my feet. It has been six weeks now and the pain has progressed to my thighs and buttocks. It is also in my biceps and forearms. In the past week after I take the Vytorin before bed my feet hurt so bad I canít sleep for 3-4 hours. During this six week period I had aggressive moods, depressive episodes, and extreme fatigue. I tried finding some information on Vytorin side effects but could find very little. Then I tired Zocor and there it was...all the symptoms I was experiencing were present in many others who had tired the medication.
I just had a blood test and the results are extremely good. So now I have a medication that works wonders with my cholesterol profile but has me in so much pain I find it difficult to function.
My brief history, MI thirteen years ago, LAD 100% blocked, good collateral's.
No Meds Vytorin
TC 255 150
HDL 43 43
LDL 154 75
Tri 289 161

Are the results worth enduring the side effects?
Comments appreciated, thanks.

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