I was diagnosed with a high cholesterol (270) and was told to take lipitor 5 mg per day along with diet control. This drug gave me serious and debilitating back pain. I figured that with a lower dose (1/2 tablet a day to play interference to cholesterol synthesis) and tight diet control ( I am a strict vegetarian (so, no eggs, either) but the trouble makers in my diet were clarified butter, saturated fats used for baked goods and possibly a fondness for ice cream!) I would be able to control my cholesterol level. Indeed this regime worked for over a year. But of late, the level have gone back to around 215. Yes, there have been lapses in diet control so I tried 5 mg again except in two, 2.5 mg doses : one after breakfast and one after dinner. Unfortunately, back pain is back with a vengeance. Any suggestions for other statins?