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Old 01-16-2020, 06:04 PM
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Default THT tell me about Lipitor. Doc wants to start

me on 40 mgs. Had the nuclear stress test and echo test. Echo was fine. Nuclear test was abnormal ekg under the stress. Blood work indicated high cholesterol. Blood pressure under control for the most part . Have a family history-both dad and gran dad had heart attacks but survived. I am borderline on the cholesterol but the doc harps on the genetics. Keeps telling me I need to "keep the oil changed."

I do not like the idea of statins for the rest of my life but as the doc says "We live in the golden age of drugs." That is what scares me. Too many people on too many drugs,

What say you folks?
Old 01-16-2020, 06:09 PM
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Try exercise and diet first, I would avoid meds if at all possible.
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First thing that came to my mind was the commercial for it that forces me to
change the channel. Like all other drug commercials. Other than that
its a bump up for ya.
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My doctor put me on it three years ago. On the way out of his office the nurse said drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in it daily and watch your diet. Cholesterol is back to normal, never took one pill. Cut back on red meat, Google what to eat and what to stay away from.
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Fiber supplements, clean up your diet, eat some beets, high quality vitamin/mineral supplement for 60 days prior to starting the pills. Then retest. Cholesterol ratios being out of whack are a symptom of a problem in the body. Statins do not fix the problem.

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Old 01-16-2020, 06:28 PM
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Unfortunately I've been on statins for probably 25+ years...hate um, but hate the thoughts of what it could be without um...
cycled through 3 different ones due to side effects...may be going to the injection...
really makes some people feel like crap...
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In addition to dietary cholesterol intake your body makes cholesterol, it's a chemical that your body needs. Statins help with lowering the amount that you make. They are recommended to take at night because that is when cholesterol is made, there are other options but it's been proven that statins are the best. I've seen people who live very healthy lives that are unfortunate and suffer from heart disease anyway, including people who have stellar stress tests. I've never had any adverse effects and take simvastatin 40 mg every night, my LDL is low and my HDL is very good.
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About 15 years ago I had the same conversation with my doc except my cholesterol was very high, like you, did not want to be on meds for anytime let alone the rest of my life, I was also 100+ pounds over weight. My wife and I both decided to make a few lifestyle changes, one was going on the Atkins diet, we discussed it with the doctor and he was dead set against it but we agreed to try it for 3 months and if it had any adverse effects, I would go on the Lipitor, we set up weekly appointments, to monitor my vitals weight and cholesterol, the first 3 weeks was total hell, I was as sick as I have ever been, the start of the fourth week I started feeling better, and and when I saw the doc that week had lost 10 pounds and my bad cholesterol started going down and the good started going up, fast forward 10 month's, I lost 110 pounds and my cholesterol went from I'm gonna die to very good and I never felt better in my life, my doctor was shocked at the results and now recomends it to some of his other patients, we still keep carbs to a minimumand my cholesterol stays down, and my wife and I have kept the weight off.

I would explore other options first, there's a lot to be said for diet and exercise.
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Been on Lipitor for years and switched to Prevastaitin a few years ago due to joint pain. Was better after the switch but numbers not as good, and now getting joint pain again. 40 mg is a HIGH dose. Are you sure you are borderline? That's what I'm on but my numbers were high to start with. Try Coq10 supplements with the statin. Been on a few months and it helps with the joint issues.
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Originally Posted by golfnut View Post
me on 40 mgs. Had the nuclear stress test and echo test. Echo was fine. Nuclear test was abnormal ekg under the stress. Blood work indicated high cholesterol. Blood pressure under control for the most part . Have a family history-both dad and gran dad had heart attacks but survived. I am borderline on the cholesterol but the doc harps on the genetics. Keeps telling me I need to "keep the oil changed."

I do not like the idea of statins for the rest of my life but as the doc says "We live in the golden age of drugs." That is what scares me. Too many people on too many drugs,

What say you folks?
Your life your choice.
How you feel about vaccinations?
Flu shots?
Snake handling?
Faith healing?

Every guy recommending better diet and exercise is right. They’re better.

...they aren’t the ones gonna die. You are. Take the Lipitor. Quit when your numbers are in line.
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Originally Posted by chrispnet View Post
Your life your choice.
How you feel about vaccinations?
Flu shots?
Snake handling?
Faith healing?

Every guy recommending better diet and exercise is right. They’re better.

...they aren’t the ones gonna die. You are. Take the Lipitor. Quit when your numbers are in line.
Very good advice...this is what I did when my numbers were better...I still take 10mg every night but no side effects...good luck...remember we make our luck!
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If you doctor is telling you something you don't want to hear, I think you might be better off getting a second opinion for someone with the initials MD or DO after their name instead of THT.
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Dude....get on lipitor 40 as recommended, abnormal ekg under nuke stress test probably means you have partial blockages of one or more coronary arteries, lipitor might limit buildup, also plavix and or aspirin???....are you fatigued with exertion? chest pain or short of breath? Bigger issues here than side effects of lipitor....did Doc mention possible heart cath?
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I was on Lipitor then Crestor. Both gave me unbearable joint and muscle pain. Lipitor is the most prescribed drug in the history of medicine. Do some research. Statins are believed to be a scam by some. I'll take my chances.
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Push back on your doc's recommendation. Ask him if you can try exercise and diet first. Docs want to get you on meds so they can keep you coming back. Getting healthy is not good for their long term job prospects.
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Dr. tried to get me on it when I was 48, refused the Vytorin and went on DHEA and B3.
DHEA converts cholesterol (a Hormone) into all the other hormones.
Diet reduces Cholesterol intake, Statins reduce bodily production of Cholesterol. Body produces DHEA but levels decline around 45-55.
My Cholesterol spiked over 6 months, and dropped just as fast on DHEA.
Meanwhile I read a report saying that Statins help prevent your SECOND Heart Attack, does nothing to prevent the first.
Go figure.
Side benefit of DHEA, started feeling like a teenager again within weeks. Energy levels, muscle tone, weight loss, Been in the Gym ever since, 8 years now.
Not to be taken as medical advise, do the research.

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I've been taking Simvastatin for about 5 years, 20 mg 1/2 a day= 10 mg.
My cholesterol went from 240-260 to 100 the first year and has stayed there!
I guess it is doing something. ??
Saw a report- 18 year old healthy 86 lb girl, cholesterol was over 300 !! The only thing she was eating was yogurt.
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There is a middle ground. Take the meds to get it under control while implementing a lifestyle change with diet. Doctor probably won't help with the 2nd, so do your own research with the goal of being weaned off the meds. View them as a band aid.

That's what I'd do. My cholesterol is elevated so I'm paying more attention to what I eat. No one in my family on either side have been on meds and I refuse to be the first.
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Originally Posted by Unevensteven View Post
If you doctor is telling you something you don't want to hear, I think you might be better off getting a second opinion for someone with the initials MD or DO after their name instead of THT.
I did not read that as asking for opinions, rather he is asking others using Lipitor to share their experience.
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Everyone metabolizes cholesterol at different rates....the person that has a heart attack at 50 should have probably been taking statins since age 25....just doesn't happen, rarely screened but that is slowly changing....the issue with the OP is he has probable partially blocked coronary arteries....abnormal ekg under stress is certain indicator....lipitor is a good idea but will need more aggressive intervention....

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