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Statins - is anyone taking these? And how are the side effects?

Hooray! At the clinic yesterday, and most things are improving, including a small dip in blood pressure. But my cholesterol is still too high, so went through the usual discussion on statins. I did take them once, but stopped because of the awful leg cramps that they caused. I'm already woken several times a night with sweats, cramp and general discomfort and don't want to take anything that makes these worse; so sticking to the daily aspirin for the moment.

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I took a basic lowest cost variety of Statins initially which gave me side effects,so I changed to Atorvastatin which is more expensive but has been fine. There are a number of different statins,so try out different ones until you find one that suits you.

Some doctors try to get you to have the cheapest one but you should insist on trying others until you find one that works for you.


CoQ10 enzyme helped me with leg cramps a lot. I also weaned off the statins they gave me

(Simvistatin - generic for Zocor) and are now trying rosuvastatin calcium - generic for Crestor and Amlodipine Besylate - generic for Norvasc. I have not yet retested to see if this recipe is better. The leg cramps have gone down to once or twice a week as opposed to 5 or 6 cramps a night. I take 400 mg/day. You might ask your doctor about CoQ10.

There is also an administrator on the forum named Patty whom is quite knowledgeable on statins and has a lot of literature with regard to side effects. You might ask him or another administrator to send you some information. Here is one I gleaned from him quite a while ago.

I'm quite sure the Forum Site has more than I do. I'm so sorry you are having trouble with cramps in your legs. I know how crippling they can be - to say nothing of lack of sleep for night after night after night. Gee, I'm glad that's over or at least minimized. Be sure to speak with your doctor about CoQ10 before taking it. Every case is different and just because it helped me doesn't mean it will work for you. It's always best to discuss a new medicine whether homeopathic or pharmaceutical, with your doctor first. Good luck.

Warm wishes,



Apple cider viniger helps with cramps. 2 tbsp in glass of water. Acv has potassium in it.

Hope it helps.


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