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Lipitor side effects 'live': "My husband is suffering from muscle wasting, …amnesia, muscle pain etc. His doctors agree that … (they) were caused by the 4 years he was on Lipitor".
These are the side effects from lipitor as experienced by a patient. There are dozens more side effects from lipitor, such as muscle weaknes, liver failure, hair loss, impotence, weight gain, rashes,gallstones, constipation etc.
If you are taking Lipitor, you must find out all you can about these 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:
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 side effects. That would provide additional revenue for the hospital.
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:
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 in 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 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 ae 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 month 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 effected by it.
Lipitor Allergic Reaction
This reaction can be seen on 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.
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 few ways to lower cholesterol naturally, and finally 2 personal recommendations.
One of the most successful substances that lowers 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 20.4 percent and even raised the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol by 7.5 percent.
And this is much more 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 drugs prices. As you see below, not only 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's no such things 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 you option whichever it is, but don't stay without one. OK, here's another option.
Download Cholesterol Lowering Secrets Free Report.
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