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Hi Linda,
I took it as someone recommended it here. Someone can give you the scientific information but basically when your on statin's, it reduces the co-enzime Q10 in your body. I'm not sure what the correlation between swelling or soreness but using Pravachol I had some aches, pains and minor swelliing. I believe I took 100mg- One of my previous posts may mention the mgs.

I would definately have your mom check with the doctor about the swelling, I never had it that bad -just in my calfs.

Vytorin is Simvastatin (Zocor) and Zetia. Zocor works on the cholesterol in your blood and Zetia on the cholesterol thru your intestines. My Total Cholesterol dropped almost 100 points after 6 weeks on it. I have been on Zocor, Lipitor, Pravachol, Vytorin and... there was another one with Niacin that was a failure as well :-)

When I first took Zocor years ago, my side always hurt so I stopped taking it. Lipitor worked great but it raised my liver enzymes. Pravachol brought my cholesterol levels back up, the one with Niacin also did not budge my numbers but one night I woke up at 4am with a nice Niacin flush, I was red all over, looked like I had a sunburn. I experienced some side effects from most of them such as soreness but I was amazed when I took Vytorin, I felt no ill effects and it brought my numbers back down. My Triglycerides are around 380 so my doctor is putting me on Zocor and Tricor. I'm not exactly happy with the combination but I will try it out for the next 8 weeks and then see how my blood work comes out.

I hope I didn't miss anything while I was rambling on and on.

Dave





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