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[QUOTE=phoebeann;3301856]:blob_fire Hubble, it takes that long or longer??? i too went off lipitor cold turkey last month because of horrible muscle and joint pain, every joint hurt including thumbs, wrists etc... some of them have gone away but not all did you also feel really lethargic? i want to do stuff but then its like "naw" don't think so today. most days are like that with very few "good" days, i do take coq10 and alot of other supplements, never a statin again this was my second go around with them.:blob_fire[/QUOTE]


Yes, it can take a long time to recover from statin-induced muscle problems. For me full recovery took 1.5 years after I stopped the medicines.

And yes, I felt generally weak and lethargic. But I was even more exercise intolerant. I went from being able to jog 4 miles without problem to not even being able to do 1 mile without stopping for rest. My arms were also aching all the time, and lifting anything was quite painful. I could barely lift my laptop computer, and even lifting a mug of coffee was uncomfortable. At the time I feared I was going to be an invalid for the rest of my life...

I've since recovered fully, and am actually back on Lipitor (10mg due to still high LDL and Total Cholesterol) - and taking 50mg CoQ10 daily - and so far, no problems. I think that the last go-around, the problem for me was in combining Tricor with the Lipitor. I didn't know then, but combining a fibrate with a statin greatly increases the risk of muscle problems. I started having muscle problems in about a month, and at first thought I was just sleeping funny and getting charlie-horses. It wasn't until I did some research on the web that I realized what was going on - and I stopped both meds cold turkey.

Anyhow, my only advice is to be patient and be positive. We all react differently to medicines, and we all recover at different rates. I would definitely stay on the CoQ10 until you feel better. I was taking about 75-100mg a day during my recovery. No one knows what an 'optimal' dose is, I've read some places to take 300mg or more daily if you have statin muscle injury - but that stuff is NOT CHEAP!!!

Best wishes...


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