I have a family history of heart related disease, and have been on medication for high BP and cholesterol for 6 years. However, I have always had side effects, and through a process of elimination now know that it is the statins that are making me feel rough. muscle aches, bad flatulence lack of energy and depression. When I stopped taking them for 6 mnths, all this disappeared, but was advised to go back on statins when cholesterol went up from 4.3 to 7.5. BP now under control with a diuretic but I can't live with feeling so lousy any more - and would love some advice re alternatives to statins???