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What is your diet like? Your numbers are a bit scary - I think you need to be on the statin if you can possibly tolerate it...

You should cut back significantly on carbs (especially sweets, sugar), and alcohol (if you drink) - because a TG level of 2500 has to be reduced dramatically.

I believe a TG count over 750 poses a risk of pancreatitis - so do some reading on the web, and cut out saturated fats in your diet (I would eliminate butter AND margarine), eliminate any trans-fats (anything with the word 'hydrogenated' in the ingredients), severely restrict dairy, and increase the amount of vegetables and fruits in your diet. Lose weight if you are overweight, and do aerobic exercise every other day at the least.

Has your doctor said anything about Lopid or Tricor (fibrates) instead of a statin? (Instead of a statin - do not try to use them both - the risk of muscle problems increases 25x when used in combination.) The fibrates are better than the statins at lowering triglycerides.

I would also try Omega-3 Fish Oils - they help lower triglycerides - but in your case you need more than just this.

Best of luck,


THose are impressive drops in both total cholesterol and triglycerides - keep up the good work!!!

You absolutely need to be on statins.. And definitely stick with the dietary changes.

I agree with the Omega-3s - I'm not sure of combining Niacin with statins - you should do more research into this. Arizona had mentioned previously that taking vitamin-c with niacin helps reduce the flush. I take a 500mg Inositol Hexanicotinate with 1000mg vitamin-c, and I notice very little flushing.

Has your doctor said anything about Tricor or Gemfibrozil in addition to the Lipitor? These fibrate drugs are better than the statins at reducing triglycerides. THe reason I mention it is that the chances of you having muscular pain induced by the drugs rises about 25 fold when on a statin/fibrate combination therapy. I know, I took Tricor in addition to my Lipitor about 2 years ago - and within a few months had so much muscle pain and weakness I couldn't even lift my laptop PC.

If he prescribes the Tricor, just be very watchful for any chronic, unexplained muscle pains in your arms or legs. Chances are you won't have any problems - but you should be aware. My doctor said nothing to me beforehand about this risk - and I stayed on the 2 drugs for a few months after the pain started before I made the connection, and it took quite a while for the pain to subside after I stopped taking both.

Other than that, I think your doctor has you on a good treatment plan.

Good luck!


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