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STATIN USERS - QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

Discussion in 'Non-Diabetic Medication' started by julie...57, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Ceedy

    Ceedy · Member

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    Re: STATIN QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

    Been a type 2 since 2009 and seems to be under control at the moment ..

    I went on simvastation 1 per day for about a year,along with 2 metaformin ,
    but did get the tingling in the hands.

    Gp moved me onto Pravastatin. and although the tingling has reduced , I have now been suffering with weakness in the arms and hands, can't even open a jar nowadays.
    Also the tendency for my fingers to lock up when gripping increased a lot too.
    A few weeks back on GP's advice I stopped the prava, and within a week all the problems had dissappeared

    My Vice like grip :D returned and the fingers rarely lock up . all the aches and pains in the arms and other odds places have disappeared or reduced greatly .. :)

    Dunno about the Cholesterol though ?? ..


    Back on them now , tinglings has returned ,and i expect the finger problems withh return soon , off to see the GP next Week ..

    C.
     
  2. PickledPepper

    PickledPepper · Well-Known Member

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    Simvastatin making me forgetful?

    I swear simvastatin is making me forgetful and absent minded?

    What alternatives do I have?

    Anyone?
     
  3. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    I believe in USA statins also have COQ10 with them. It is recommended that statin users do supplent with COQ10 which they say will help the brain.
    Statin companys were forced to list the extra sideeffects of confusion and depression on their leaflets as of last year in the UK.
    I had to stop taking statins, and as my levels were only between 3 and 4.5 my last consultant said I didn't ned to take them. I eat nuts and take COQ10 200mg and benecols etc and will not go back to statins. I don't know whether this will keep me living till I am 90, I think it will be decades before the true effects of all these medicines will be truly realised whether they are good or bad for health. Personally I will not go back to statins, but it is every individuals choice to way up any benefits with any side effects.
     
  4. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I believe Co-enzyme Q10 is made in the liver, and statins interfere with the production of this. One of its functions is to do with muscle action, including the heart muscle.

    I stopped taking statins because they affected my muscles and made me very weak. I'm improving, but still not back to normal, as far as walking is concerned. This is a not-unusual side effect which is hardly publicised! On the other hand, some people get no side effects at all.

    My blood lipids were the best ever, without statins, when I was on a very low carb diet and eating plenty of natural fats. Back on that diet, they are already better than they were when I was taking statins. The Metformin could be helping with that?

    There's plenty of info out there if you Google. One anti-site can be found by googling 'Duane Graveline'. Another interesting read is Susan Stenneff (or is it Suzanne? Anyway, her surname should find her). The main thing is, read around and make up your own mind.

    Viv :)
     
  5. cugila

    cugila · Master

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    Re: Simvastatin making me forgetful?

    Plenty actually........ :)

    Alternatives........
    Statin's

    Atorvastatin
    Fluvastatin
    Pravastatin,
    Rosuvastatin

    Fibrates
    Bezafibrate
    Ciprofibrate
    Fenofibrate
    Gemfibrozil

    Nicotinic Acid Goup
    Acipimox
    Nicotinic Acid

    Those are the prescribable alternatives to the 'dreaded' simvastatin....the cheapest and most maligned, although many have no problem with it. Might be an idea to discuss the options with your GP. Some are for use on their own or in combination therapy. Whilst you may have a problem with what you have now the others are all proven to have better efficacy.......
     
  6. squishychickfi

    squishychickfi · Well-Known Member

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    Statins

    I am on simivastatin (Sp?) and have been for about 3 weeks. I have got the most awful muscle pains today in my shoulders and back (am prone to muscle pains) and have not done anything untoward that could have caused this.

    My question - I am aware of the side effects of this statin, but does anyone know how quickly these occur - I cannot find the answer anywhere on the web so far - but wondered if I should have had muscle ache before now, or is this about the right time for a build up?

    Docs is shut so can't ask them!


    Would NHSDirect know or a pharmacist?

    Thanks :)
     
  7. donnellysdogs

    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    My answer would be to stop them for a couple of days and see if the pain subsides....but I am nbot a health care professional and I know nothing except being a previous statin user...but no longer....and still have good levels...of cholesterol and hba1c.
     
  8. cugila

    cugila · Master

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    My probs with Simvastatin started within about a week.......I soon played my face at the Doc's and got them changed to a much better, no side effects for me one........ :D
     
  9. squishychickfi

    squishychickfi · Well-Known Member

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    Is it OK to just stop them and see and how long before the pain subsides?
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    From my esperience ..yes...but I'm not a medic!!!
     
  11. cugila

    cugila · Master

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    Fi.
    I can't, and won't tell you what to do. That is something you will have to decide. If you are concerned then discuss it with your GP or Nurse first.
     
  12. squishychickfi

    squishychickfi · Well-Known Member

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    thanks - rang a pharmacist who said - read the instructions - told him they didn't say when you might get the side effects so he said don't take them tonight and ring GP tomorrow!

    thank you for your help
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    Squishy=love your photo!!!
     
  14. PickledPepper

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    My cunning plan was to reduce my levels with the statins then continue without them, keeping my levels low.

    But alas! The levels seem to back up soon after ceasing taking the tablet! Despite being generally careful of what I eat (although I could do better in this department).

    Has anyone managed to reduce a high level (late 6, early 7s) and keep it down without medication?
     
  15. carty

    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I reduced my levels from 7 to 4ish by taking a plant sterol called Lesterin it can be bought at boots on the buy 2 get 1 free offer at the moment .It is not cheap but it works for me and has no side effects I eat lots of cream and cheese and butter to try to gain weight but my cholesterol stays under 5 so far .
    CAROL
     
  16. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Carol

    I've just googled 'lesterin', also searched Boots' website, got nothing! Can you help?

    Viv 8)
     
  17. cugila

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    Here is a link to a previous discussion Carol and I had about Lestrin a while ago.........

    viewtopic.php?f=25&t=15357&hilit=sterols&start=15#p140871
     
  18. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Ken.

    Viv 8)
     
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    Statins - hair falling out?

    Hi, I have been on statins 40g only since mid December last year 2010.... about a month after starting the tablets I noticed my hair seemed to be coming out in handfulls.... it has continued and I have found my hair exceptionally thin now.... I would find hair just about everywhere; in the sink, the bath, on the floor, on the worktop, in a sandwich..... not just when brushing it. I have since stopped taking the statins 2 weeks ago and the last couple of days have noticed a small improvement. On seeing my GP today he suggested I stop taking them for a month or so to see how things go, but confirmed it can be a possible not so common side effect. Has anyone else experienced this? I have fine hair anyway, so do not want to lose what I have left. I do not have bald patches, it has generally come out all over making it terribly thin. :(
     
  20. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Re: Statins - hair falling out?

    If you Google a site called spacedoc, he has a list of all statins and all possible side effects. I should warn you that it's a very anti-statin site, so do bear that in mind as you read. He's called Duane Graveline, and he used to be a doctor on the NASA space programme, so he's not a complete idiot! Be guided by your GP.

    Another thing that can cause hair loss is under-active thyroid, though I've never heard of it causing such rapid loss. Mine just thinned gradually. :cry: Ask you doctor about that one.

    I hope you get it sorted soon.

    Viv 8)
     
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