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There are a couple of other things that you will probably want to investigate since you really didn't explain what type of liver problems you are having. You should have yourself screened for all forms of hepatitis, especially hep C., and be checked out for any other types of liver diseases, and maybe even have your gall bladder checked if your cholesterol has been high for a long time. If you have any form of active liver disease, forget worrying about the cholesterol and worry about your liver.

The thing about statin drugs, and especially lipitor, is that they increase liver function numbers on blood tests in nearly everyone, since they all do their chemical thing inside the liver by inhibiting a chemical known as HMG Co-enzyme A Reductase, which is the substance the liver uses to convert bile acid to cholesterol. What is worrysome is if these numbers start to fall into ranges outside of "normal" levels. Usually, meaning in at least 8 out of 10 people taking the drug, liver functions will return to normal levels within several weeks of stopping the drug.

All six of the statin group's package inserts clearly state that people with active liver disease, those who consume large levels of alcohol and women of child- bearing age who have even a remote chance of becoming pregnant should never take these drugs because of the harm that could happen. Even a rare drinking binge could throw your liver function tests into unacceptable ranges while taking statin drugs.

Good luck to you and please keep asking questions and doing your own research. Being informed is the best path to your own survival.

I was told that my muscle pain and kidney problems couldn't possibly have been caused by lipitor, but within four or five days of stopping all of my symptoms went away. There are many ways of controlling high cholesterol, and everybody is different in how to best control their condition. I only hope that we both manage to stumble on the best method for us.

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