Atorvastatin side effects?

I keep getting horrible headaches, mostly at the back of my head. And I'm always so tired! Thing is, I have familial high cholesterol that nothing but statins will bring down. I'm very active and have a low cholesterol diet, but still aged 20 my cholesterol was 11 until I started the statins. So my doctor definitely advises against stopping. He's a consultant at a lipid clinic.

What's the worst that could happen if I stopped taking them?! I really don't want to, but there hasn't been anything else that's helped.


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  • Atorvastatin can be aggressive it caused me liver problems! After that my cardiologist suggested Rusavastatin which was started 5mg every other day working up to 10mg per day without side effects. Ask your GP.

  • Agree with this Mike im on rosuvastatin on 10mg a day no side effects what so ever so go back to your doctors Kcore and ask for them hope it helps

  • Sounds to me that a change of medication is called for. I am a statin sceptic but, in your case with FH, you should get the best advice available, and until they find something to replace statins in FH cases you must continue to take them. See your GP and discuss it with him and then your Lipid clinic. I am sure that the Consultant there knows there are altenatives. Insist, if he won't change his mind, for another opinion, and you should find, like Mike262, the right one for you.

  • Hi Kcore,

    I worst thing my doctor said to me few months back, that I am sitting on a time bomb ready to explode , that could lead to stroke, heart attack and also effect the other main organs of my body.

    During my diabetic check up at the hospital every six months. The Doctor there, sopped my Simvastatin to Atorvastatin same dose which quite high dose of 40mg. Which has help in reducing the FH. Side effects I need to know more yet.

    This year, it looks I have to a bypass done in few months time. Should improve my circulation.

    For the last two weeks I have started to lose my weigh and things are getting down to normal, looking forward to lose next 2kgm this week.


  • I sypmathise with you kcore especially at such a young age to have to suffer the side effects of a statin . Like patch14 I am a sceptic on statins and personally going through the dilema of to take or not ,but when it comes to FH at the moment you don't have a choice ,but do take the advice given here and push for a change of statin. Although our health system is good in some respects , it can also be daunting trying to get the right advice. All I can say is push for your rights to good healthcare, and if that means questioning your health providers do so.They work for you . I am a newbie to this, so my advice regarding statins could be wrong and I am sure the people on here have more knowledge of this, so you would have to check, but my wife has high cholesterol and has an allergy to statins and takes fenofibrates with no side effects maybe worth a try but not sure. You could ask your doctor. good luck in your quest

  • i have been on cholesterol lowering drugs for over 35 years when both my readings were in the twenties i started on zocor and many other drugs until i was put on avorvastatin and fenofribrate i suffer the usaul side effects aching limbs tiredness etc but i supose its better than a heart attack my father had his first one at 48 im 68 and haven't had any trouble he my mother and younger brother have had triple bypasses

  • Hi Kcore,

    It has been 4 years since your post, any updates on your condition? Did you find out if it is ok to not take medication?

    I'm on the same boat. I have FH, I've been on Atorvastatins since I was 17 (9.9 reading), I am 29 this year. Started at 20mg, GP increased my dosage to 30mg and now at 40mg and yet my cholesterol is still 5.9. Last trip to the GP he told me to increase to 50mg (to try to bring my cholesterol to below 5.3) and I told him I'm not comfortable with that, especially when I have a good healthy diet and I'm also looking into trying to conceive. If I had a choice I would much prefer to eat clean and not be on medication at all. Also I fear that my kids will have FH too.

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