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My husband (59 yr old) has been on Lipitor for about 2 years--not because he needed it but doctor said everyone should take it. His cholesterol is excellent and he is in very good shape. Goes to the gym every other day. Walks 3-4 miles every other day. 3 weeks ago he started feeling shaky and weakness in his legs. He started having flu like symptoms. I tried to get him to go to the doctor but he is a stubborn man. He got so shaky and weak that he was afraid to even go outside to get the paper because he was afraid he would fall. He did not set foot out of the house for 2 weeks before I insisted he go to the doctor. I took him to the doc and he had to hold on to me to walk. In the docs office it took the doc and me to get him up from the chair to the exam table. He did a blood test and a few days later the doc left a message for him to stop taking Lipitor and to come in right away. The blood test revealed that Lipitor was breaking down his muscles and that the liver was of concern. He will have an ultrasound on his liver tomorrow. Since going off Lipitor, he is feeling alot better but not 100%. I don't know if he ever will. This is a dangerous drug that doctors are pushing. They consider it a wonder drug and for some it could be. But if you don't need it in the first place, DO NOT take it. The doc that prescribed it in the first place has just retired so we have a new doctor.
[QUOTE=texasbart]My husband (59 yr old) has been on Lipitor for about 2 years--not because he needed it but doctor said everyone should take it. His cholesterol is excellent and he is in very good shape. Goes to the gym every other day. Walks 3-4 miles every other day. 3 weeks ago he started feeling shaky and weakness in his legs. He started having flu like symptoms. I tried to get him to go to the doctor but he is a stubborn man. He got so shaky and weak that he was afraid to even go outside to get the paper because he was afraid he would fall. He did not set foot out of the house for 2 weeks before I insisted he go to the doctor. I took him to the doc and he had to hold on to me to walk. In the docs office it took the doc and me to get him up from the chair to the exam table. He did a blood test and a few days later the doc left a message for him to stop taking Lipitor and to come in right away. The blood test revealed that Lipitor was breaking down his muscles and that the liver was of concern. He will have an ultrasound on his liver tomorrow. Since going off Lipitor, he is feeling alot better but not 100%. I don't know if he ever will. This is a dangerous drug that doctors are pushing. They consider it a wonder drug and for some it could be. But if you don't need it in the first place, DO NOT take it. The doc that prescribed it in the first place has just retired so we have a new doctor.[/QUOTE]

First of all I would call your doctor incompetent , you do not take these drugs without doing blood tests every 3 months or so because this can happen taking these so called wonder drugs , this serious problem is called Rhabdomyolysis . These drugs can cause a myriad of problems and if you ever took the time to read the side effects it would scare you . They totally destroyed the nerves in both my feet , have little to no feeling left in both feet . I no longer take statins but problem never resolved itself , the damage was permanent . I feel for your husband , he is a young man to have these problems , I'm only 49 myself .
My aunt was prescribed Lipitor for stroke prevention and she does not have a cholesterol problem, she is 62 years old. When she asked her pharmacist about it, he replied that her doctor is very smart to give her the prescription.

It really bothers me that the commercial for Lipitor states that a simple blood test to check the liver for problems is all that's needed to moniter a Lipitor user, and the CPK muscle test is never mentioned. Is the CPK test included in the full panel blood test/chem-screen panel blood test or is it a seperate test. I can't determine which test it is on the Quest Diagnostic blood test form, and I would like my mom to take the CPK test since she is taking 40 MG. of Lipitor daily.

Thanks.
[QUOTE=jacal5]My aunt was prescribed Lipitor for stroke prevention and she does not have a cholesterol problem, she is 62 years old. When she asked her pharmacist about it, he replied that her doctor is very smart to give her the prescription.

It really bothers me that the commercial for Lipitor states that a simple blood test to check the liver for problems is all that's needed to moniter a Lipitor user, and the CPK muscle test is never mentioned. Is the CPK test included in the full panel blood test/chem-screen panel blood test or is it a seperate test. I can't determine which test it is on the Quest Diagnostic blood test form, and I would like my mom to take the CPK test since she is taking 40 MG. of Lipitor daily.

Thanks.[/QUOTE]

My husband has to request the CPK test when his cholesterol panel is run. When he was having so much muscle pain more than a year ago and we suspected Lipitor we asked for the test. His doctor ordered it, but was on the phone with her insurance company after he made the request.

One quick question. What is the difference between a CPK test and the CRP test? Are they the same since they both measure inflammation? I have been confused on this.

Jane
The liver test does not have to elevated to have severe damage to the muscles. It is now known that despite normal liver tests, a muscle biopsy can show the severe muscle damage. For an example, you will have an elevated liver test right after a heart attack. Approximately 6 weeks later that test can be back to normal, despite severe damage to the heart muscle.
Do you ever completely recover from this? He is feeling better but still has muscle aches in his legs and some weakness. We're still waiting on the results of his liver ultrasound.
[QUOTE=texasbart]My husband (59 yr old) has been on Lipitor for about 2 years--not because he needed it but doctor said everyone should take it. His cholesterol is excellent and he is in very good shape. Goes to the gym every other day. Walks 3-4 miles every other day. 3 weeks ago he started feeling shaky and weakness in his legs. He started having flu like symptoms. I tried to get him to go to the doctor but he is a stubborn man. He got so shaky and weak that he was afraid to even go outside to get the paper because he was afraid he would fall. He did not set foot out of the house for 2 weeks before I insisted he go to the doctor. I took him to the doc and he had to hold on to me to walk. In the docs office it took the doc and me to get him up from the chair to the exam table. He did a blood test and a few days later the doc left a message for him to stop taking Lipitor and to come in right away. The blood test revealed that Lipitor was breaking down his muscles and that the liver was of concern. He will have an ultrasound on his liver tomorrow. Since going off Lipitor, he is feeling alot better but not 100%. I don't know if he ever will. This is a dangerous drug that doctors are pushing. They consider it a wonder drug and for some it could be. But if you don't need it in the first place, DO NOT take it. The doc that prescribed it in the first place has just retired so we have a new doctor.[/QUOTE]

Yea, some wonder drug eh... On the plus side their are natural alternatives that are just as effective and wont do a complete wreck on your
husband's body.





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