If you are taking Lipitor, you must find out all you can about these Lipitor side effects and how to avoid them. Fortunately, within this article, you will find the answers to all these side effects and what you can do to avoid them. Let’s start with the first side effect:
First of Lipitor Side Effects – Liver disfunction
According to the Lipitor official website (lipitor.com), side effects can be controlled by performing “liver function tests prior to and at 12 weeks following the initiation of therapy and any elevation of dose, and periodically (eg, semiannually) thereafter.”
This is great for clinics and hospitals, as they are developing “secondary sources of income” by having you conduct regular liver tests. So, the doctor prescribes the drug whereas Pfizer (the manufacturer) makes the money, but in return, you’d have to conduct liver tests to check about Lipitor’s side effects. That would provide additional revenue for the hospital.
Second Side Effect of Lipitor – Impotence
A research review by Kash Rizvi addressed the relationship between cholesterol-lowering medications and impotence or erectile dysfunction. After reviewing case reports, articles, and clinical trials they concluded that a significant number of cases of impotence or erectile dysfunction could be attributed to statin (i.e. Lipitor) use. Below are multiple Lipitor side effects from another user:
Third major Lipitor side effects – Muscle Weakness & Damage/Rhabdomyolysis
The Lipitor website specifically mentions that “rare cases of rhabdomyolysis with acute renal failure secondary to myoglobinuria have been reported”.
Another “live” experience from a Lipitor user:
After all, this, let’s refer back to what Pfizer says on the official website:
“Lipitor is generally well tolerated. The side effects associated with Lipitor are usually mild and tend to go away. The most common reported side effects are gas, constipation, stomach pain, and indigestion.
Lipitor has an excellent safety profile at all doses.“God bless America, sorry I mean Pfizer. No comments on the above statements regarding side effects from Lipitor.
I wonder what Pfizer officials would say about the phrase “Lipitor has an excellent safety profile at all doses” when they see what people are saying about its side effects, especially so when Statins (Lipitor belongs to the statin group of drugs) have already killed over 50 people with rhabdomyolysis.
Other Lipitor Side Effects
Statins are affecting over 6,000 per year with nerve damage. However, they continue to be the most prescribed class of drugs, despite the above data. Here are another 3 side effects:
Lipitor and Constipation
If you have fewer than three bowel movements a week, then you may have constipation. For some constipation starts immediately after starting Lipitor. For others, however, it may take a few months after starting Lipitor
Lipitor and Weight Gain
While weight gain as a side effect of Lipitor is seen in only a small number of patients, it is not to be discounted, especially if you are affected by it.
Lipitor Allergic Reaction
This reaction can be seen in skin problems, shortness of breath, or Angioedema. This last one can cause swelling of the face, mouth, lips, and throat. It can even lead to difficulty in breathing and can be fatal if left untreated.
Safe Alternatives to Lipitor Side Effects
I have had personally high cholesterol for 5 years. I tried different ways and finally, at the beginning of 2011, I managed to successfully bring my cholesterol within normal ranges and lower it by 58 points. Below I am describing a few ways to lower cholesterol naturally, and finally 2 personal recommendations.
One of the most successful substances that lower cholesterol is policosanol, which is a safe and natural extract from sugar cane wax. It works by helping the liver control its production and breakdown of cholesterol.
Clinical studies show that policosanol is as effective as prescription drugs in lowering cholesterol but without their dangerous side effects such as Lipitor side effects.
For example, in a study of 53 diabetic patients, policosanol lowered total cholesterol by 14.2 percent, LDL (bad) cholesterol by 20.4 percent, and even raised the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol by 7.5 percent.
And this is much cheaper than any cholesterol-lowering drugs. It costs cheaper than US$ 30. Compare that to any other cholesterol drugs that range around US$ 100. See the table below for cholesterol-lowering drug prices. As you see below, not only do you get charged almost 100 bucks for Lipitor, it seems you are buying together with it, Lipitor side effects.
I used this one supplement that helped me lower cholesterol by 59 points within 2 months.
You can also try out this other supplement, which works a bit differently since you would have to take it half an hour before meals.
Or you can print out the information about these and check with your doctor.
CAUTION: If your doctor is open-minded, please by all means consult with him. If he is like my doctor 7 years ago who just simply gave drugs and did not discuss or accept any other opinion from the patient Do Not.
Find another doctor, or do your own due diligence. There is no such thing as “Doctor Knows Best”. On cholesterol matters, especially when I’m affected by it, I tend to think that I know more than my doctor.
All in all, I have realized that in life there are many choices. It is for us to explore and decide which choice we take. If we let doctors and pharma companies, we shall end up with drugs enriching them and hurting ourselves.
If I take supplements I enrich myself first and then the manufacturer of the supplement. Pick your to option whichever it is, but don’t stay without one. OK, here’s another option.
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Lipitor and cancer
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Lipitor Allergic Reaction
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Find out what are some Minor & Serious Lipitor rash Resulting from taking Lipitor
Or learn more about other cholesterol medications and how they work.
Finally, you can always go back to the All About Lowering Cholesterol homepage