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Atorvastatin (Lipitor) I: General Information and Side Effects

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This video is about Atorvastatin (Lipitor), General Information and Side Effects. This video is intended to be for health education and does not constitute medical advice. Please see my website http://CardioGauge.com for a risk calculator to understand your chance of having a heart attack. And also check out Atorvastatin 2: Who Should Take It And Why https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMZ_H_vba00
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David Sanders (1 year ago)
Statins are the most over prescribe dangerous drug in history - period!  What makes them the most dangerous is that they are routinely prescribed as a heart disease prophylactic for anyone over 60 or if your cholesterol is only slightly high.  It's been proven they cause short term memory loss for some people which can be permanent.  You don't even mention the debilitating fatigue they bring on for many people.  While many side effects go away after stopping the treatment, for some they are permanent and even progressive.  I can only conclude that you somehow benefit from promotion of this truly evil drug or you are extremely ignorant.
erwin021777 (1 month ago)
Hammer Time there's a concoction my mom used that cleared her clogged artery. 1 cup each of organic apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and ginger. Boil then simmer for 15 minutes. Let it go warm then add 1 cup organic honey. Take 1 tbsp/day. I think the reason it works is it helps with digestion plus it reduces inflammation of the arteries. Use it to your discretion.. I changed my diet to More green veggies, less rice and bread, hardly drinking soft drinks or sweet juice, virgin coconut oil for cooking, pure organic matcha green tea and organic honey or coconut sugar instead of refined sugar.
Hammer Time (1 month ago)
erwin021777 and what are you taking or doing now for you high cholesterol??
erwin021777 (4 months ago)
I had an aunt and a grandma who used LIPITOR. They didn't die of heart attack or stroke. Guess what! They both died of liver cancer, diabetes and some other stuff. My grandma was bedridden for 6 months on oxygen, constant pain, etc until her death. I had 270 cholesterol levels and was given Attorvastatin and guess what! Severe muscle aches, cramps, insomnia, fatigue, lack of stamina, depression. It's common sense to stop it and I did..
Chas Leask (5 months ago)
David Sanders this guy must be a real doctor , he has a white coat.
CardioGauge (7 months ago)
I get no money, lunches, trips or education from drug companies. There are definitely docs out there who do. But there aren't any docs pimping for Lipitor any more because it is generic.
Swarn Jain (6 hours ago)
Atorvastatin Full Guide for Uses,Side Effects https://www.mymedicineinfo.ooo/2018/08/atorvastatin.html
Tommy Sullivan (1 day ago)
Sounds like a bad drug
tobywinter1 (13 days ago)
Such BS. SHow proof of the benefits.
Marc Estephan (16 days ago)
is there any correlation between lipitor and ed?
Purana Paapi (1 month ago)
My triglyceride is >500. Can I use them ?
CardioGauge (1 month ago)
Yes, I use statins in my patients with high triglycerides
Fr Louie Goad (2 months ago)
Walgreens said $440? I will just need to die! We all die anyway. No prescription will prevent your death.
CardioGauge (2 months ago)
generic atorvastatin is pennies a pill, there is no reason to get brand name Lipitor. https://www.blinkhealth.com/atorvastatin
Maria Garcia (2 months ago)
CardioGauge (2 months ago)
Rarely atorvastatin can cause blurry vision. My medical text lists it as happening in less than 2 percent of people. I have never had a patient who told me they had blurry vision from it. Atorvastatin can raise blood sugar some and this could blur the vision. Otherwise, I don’t know how it affect vision. The only way to know for sure the med is causing the side effect is to stop it and see if the symptom goes away.
kids yousef (3 months ago)
Im on liptor from 2008 after my sroke but im worried about my liver
CardioGauge (2 months ago)
Sorry I missed your comment from a couple weeks ago. For my patients with stroke, as long as it wasn't a stroke caused by bleeding into the brain, I recommend atorvastatin. It decreases the chance of having another stroke by about 50%, at the dose of 80 mg per day. The chance of having a liver problem from a statin is low. 1 in 100 people get mild increase in their liver test (AST or ALT). 1 in a million actually have liver failure. So concern about the liver is generally not a good reason to avoid a statin. I have patients who have had Hepatitis C and coronary artery disease, and I use statins in those patients to try to prevent further heart attack. I have patients who are alcoholics and have liver problems, and also have had heart disease. I use statins for them as well, although at lower doses.
LAVISA SYLVIS (4 months ago)
I kept wondering why I started getting muscle aches after 2 months of being on lipitor. My Dr prescribed this without even checking my cholesterol. She did this bc I had been having leg pain for a long time and then my leg started to have a mottled appearance. I hurt my back 2 yrs ago and was diagnosed with herniated disc which in my case caused leg pain. Ever since starting lipitor, I've had muscle aches in my knees, ankles, and wrists and fingers. Also extreme fatigue and insomnia. I won't take it anymore!
erwin021777 (4 months ago)
I had an aunt and a grandma who used LIPITOR. They didn't die of heart attack or stroke. Guess what! They both died of liver cancer, diabetes and some other stuff. My grandma was bedridden for 6 months on oxygen, constant pain, etc until her death. I had 270 cholesterol levels and was given Attorvastatin and guess what! Severe muscle aches, cramps, insomnia, fatigue, lack of stamina, depression. It's common sense to stop it and I did..
mali hassan zirak (4 months ago)
I used this tables very dangeus it wanted to kill me but stoped it
David Wilson (4 months ago)
Do you love your liver and kidneys? THEN RUN.
CardioGauge (4 months ago)
I need a reference about how fasting prevents heart attacks, so I can read about it and understand it, if I am going to talk to my patients about it. I can't just tell people to fast when I don't have any proof that it works... So yes, I need a reference!
David Wilson (4 months ago)
CardioGauge You need a reference for common sense?! Seems legit..
CardioGauge (4 months ago)
Can you give me a reference about how fasting prevents heart attacks? I am always looking for new ways to help people. Thanks...
David Wilson (4 months ago)
+CardioGauge Whatever you say "doctor".
CardioGauge (4 months ago)
I totally agree with eating right like you say, but don't know if fasting prevents heart attacks, if you have a reference for me to read, I will read it. I have patients who have had heart attack, then they do a great job with diet and exercise, don't take statin, and still have another heart attack. So that is why I give my heart attack patients aspirin and atorvastatin, regardless of how well they eat. Basically, doing a good job with diet after decades of eating crap does not reverse all the damage and the medications can still be helpful, in my opinion and experience...
David Wilson (4 months ago)
The official 2018 Agenda 21 drug of choice. Don't go to the doc with sniffles, you will get a never ending prescription of this poison.
Kathy Fausett (5 months ago)
If this video was intended to be for health education, why does it contain no health education? This piece is simply an advert for a highly mischaracterized med. Incidentally, please avoid this drug at all costs.
The Pale Horse (5 months ago)
He talks horse s^^^ from his mouth! Look in his eyes and you see that he is lying!!!
Pertti Lantta (5 months ago)
The major reason to use and push statins is that people don't have to change their eating habits (mainly reduce sugar). The risk management of your health is totally based on hedonism.
Greg Adam (5 months ago)
causes heart failure it nearly killed me broke my marriage, heart attack , desperately wanted to die because of acute pain. This is the most positive report I have seen regarding this deadly poison. long term effects are muscle damage joint pain.
Debbie Hworth (5 months ago)
Atorvastation...Was on this for @ 2 weeks. First week had sore throat and felt like flu. Second week noticed tongue red n white n hard to swallow. Went to nurse practioner. Tested negative for strep~flu. Also wheezing, cough and runny nose and lot of mucus. She gave me medicine for tongue. Thought maybe yeast. That nite within 30 minutes of taking Atorvastatin realized throat n tongue hurting n hard to swallow. I'm like omg it's the medicine. Within 24 hours symptoms with tongue, throat, lips and itch on face left!
John Lee (1 month ago)
Wow i have wheezing cough runny nose then white looking yeast in mouth and omg itching bad on the left side of my face you hit it on the head i'm glad i seen your post!
Chuffpup (5 months ago)
I'm on a drug called cilazapril. I hate it. before I started, I felt great, absolutely fine. As soon as it kicked in I felt like hell. Dizzy spells, depressed, night terrors, palpitations, and increased pulse rate, chest pains, headaches, rash, decreased libido,memory loss,I hear it makes men grow breasts, I've had kidney problems, and my eyesight has been damaged badly. I tried changing to another one, and immediately got such terrible headaches,which steadily got worse daily, that I had to go back. Did I mention I hate it?
Frank McIlvenny (5 months ago)
Might want to stick with a plant based diet!!!
Matthew Eubanks (5 months ago)
This drug is SHIT. Not worth the sides. I was on 40mg a day and HATED the sides. So I changed my diet and dropped this crap medicine.
sabyasachi sen (7 months ago)
sabyasachi sen (7 months ago)
Hindi audio and language
JJ Wolf (7 months ago)
Clinical trials show it doesn't work for the vast majority of people.
CardioGauge (7 months ago)
Thanks for your comment. It is such an important fact that docs don't tell patients. I agree you are right, most people do not benefit (most being defined as more than 50% of people who take it). I hope that idea comes across in the atorvastatin 2 video. However, this does not mean that it shouldn't be used, here is my explanation: For people who have had a heart attack or stroke, atorvastatin 80 mg per day decreases chance of another stroke or heart attack by half. Their chance is around 50% of this happening again in the 10 years after the heart attack without the medicine. With the medicine that person's chance is now 25% of stroke or heart attack over the next 10 years for a difference of 25%. In other words, each person has a 25% chance of having a benefit over 10 years. Another way of looking at it is to say that 1 in 4 people who take atorvastatin for 10 years will benefit. It "will work" in 1 in 4 people. So, like you say, it won't work in 3 in 4 people. The thing is, would you rather have a 50% chance of stroke or heart attack over 10 years, or a 25% chance? I would rather have a 25% chance. If I had a stroke or heart attack, I would take the medicine. I haven't had that, so I don't take it. Where your comment really hits home is with people who have not had stroke or heart attack who have say an 8% chance of heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years. Docs guidelines say to give this person the medication, but there is only a 1 in 25 chance that the person will have benefit. 4% chance of benefit, 96% chance of not having benefit!! I agree it is hard to take a pill every day for 10 years, when there is a 1 in 25 chance of it accomplishing the goal it is supposed to accomplish!!! For my patients who have had stoke and heart attack, or have a high chance of this happening (very bad family history, extremely high LDL cholesterol > 190 for example), I recommend the med. equally important to med is eating healthy (my mainstay recommendations are Mediterranean Diet or LactoVegan Diet) and routine exercise. Please see my "statin skeptic" video. My goal is to give a balanced, rational viewpoint with these videos.
sabyasachi sen (7 months ago)
CardioGauge (7 months ago)
I am promoting statins. I observe them to Help a lot of people who have had strokes and heart attacks avoid another one. However it seems like you think I get paid to promote the medication. I don't. I don't get any money from drug companies. "Burn in Hell" seems a little strong. Cut me some slack! I'm just trying to help people, for real. As far as the manufacturers being bastards, I agree with you... At least some of them.
False totally false. Everything. His numbers and what he says. This guy works for pharmaceuticals
CardioGauge (7 months ago)
Thanks for your comment. I think a lot of people think the same thing you do when they watch my videos. However, I don't work for the drug companies, in fact, I think a lot of drug companies are totally corrupt entities. For example, many are colluding and causing the price of previously dirt cheap generic medications to be much higher, ie atenolol, diltiazem. Pfizer tries to trick people to get expensive Viagra for 40$ a pill, when a generic version at 2$ exists. And on and on. There are companies charging 15,000$ per year for a cholesterol medication. I don't take lunches, education, trips, money, cookies or anything at all from drug companies. Rarely, I will give a sample medication to someone who can't afford it, like Xarelto or Eliquis. That comes from the drug company. I use it to try to help my patients. Atorvastatin is generic and is made by multiple companies (I don't know how many). Atorvastatin is 4$ per month where I live. People spend more on chewing gum than atorvastatin. There is no money to be made plugging atorvastatin. The numbers I quote are not false. Drug companies funded the studies, so there is reason for skepticism, absolutely. But in my 20 yrs working with patients, I observe those who take the medication to do better. My father is a family doctor in Maine, and he has 40 years of experience working with thousands of Mainers. He will tell you unequivocally that atorvastatin has decreased the number of heart attacks and strokes, and that many of his patients live longer as a result. Please see my "statin skeptic" video, where I talk about reasons to be skeptical about statins.
dematson (8 months ago)
Bet this is taken down within 5 years. @3:50 he states it doesn't cause cancer. See what the American Journal of Oncology states.http://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/jco.2014.58.9564
CardioGauge (8 months ago)
I agree with you. There is quite a bit of controversy about the subject though. The cardiology guidelines (put out by the major heart professional societies) say we are supposed to recommend Statin for someone in your shoes.
dematson (8 months ago)
I am 73 years old with no previous history of heart attack or stroke. It seems to me that the most recent evidence suggests that I should not be on a statin. http://www.mdedge.com/ecardiologynews/article/138907/preventive-care/statins-no-benefit-primary-prevention-elderly Additionally, cardiologists have their own cholesterol numbers to justify using a statin drug. They don't want to see an LDL over 70 and ignore the HDL/LDL ratio. I have seen other data to demonstrate that the most important ratio is HDL/Triglyceride. Mine is Triglycerides 48 and HDL 63. Diet is as important as prescribed drugs. Diet not only can reduce cholesterol but fight inflammation which is the root cause of CAD.
CardioGauge (8 months ago)
Thanks for your comment. I am glad you expressed your viewpoint, but I disagree with it. The link you provided was a letter to the editor of the journal, in response to an article published in the journal. The article the journal published showed patients who had colon cancer and were taking statins lived longer than patients with colon cancer who did not take statins. here is a link to the authors' rebuttal of the comment you referenced: http://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.2014.60.1088 I stand by my statement that statins do not cause cancer. I don't know this 100%, but I do think this is true. Research has not proven statins cause cancer in humans. I have had thousands of patients who have had to take statins for bonafide heart problems, and it has helped many of them. I have not observed these patients to have had an increased chance of getting cancer. I do agree in part with the authors of the letter you referenced, in that it is hard to know what the effect of being on a statin for 30 years will do for cancer risk. Unfortunately, it's unlikely we will get a good answer on that question. Ever. I strongly advocate for statin use in people who have had problems with plugged blood vessels, because they decrease chance of stroke and heart attack by up to 50%, without any observed effect on cancer risk. Most people with atherosclerosis should take a statin to decrease their risk for having a stroke or heart attack. People with a strong family history for heart attack or stroke at young age should be considered for statin use. People with extremely high cholesterol level should also consider statins if they can't decrease their cholesterol by diet.
earth goddess (8 months ago)
I heard people with fibromyalgia should not take this medication if they have high cholesterol
earth goddess (8 months ago)
CardioGauge great so I should listen to my primary care physician and take high cholesterol medications were mine is 280 my dad passed away at the age of 51 years due to a stoke from congenital heart disease. Thanks for letting me know.
CardioGauge (8 months ago)
Hello. I have some patients with Fibromyalgia who take it because they have had heart attack, and have tolerated it. However, I do find that people with fibromyalgia are more likely to have muscle aches with the medication. If someone with fibromyalgia has a very good reason to be on a statin, like history of stroke, heart attack, very high LDL cholesterol (190), or strong family history for early stroke or heart attack (mother, father, sister or brother before age 60 or so), I encourage him or her to try it, because it is such an important med.
Saba Shaikh (9 months ago)
Mjhe hai ye problem
K lee N (10 months ago)
also can caus nueropathy. nerve damage
Anthony (2 months ago)
I have been diagnosed with nueropathy and take atorvastatin..for years while it was still known as lipitor. I remember reading a long time ago that lipitor was either being discontinued or under investigation, but my doctor still orders it for me...wondering it that brought on my nueropathy?
Dora Cruz (11 months ago)
so if you have diabetes can you still take this medication will it make your diabetes work I'm confused
K lee N (10 months ago)
studies have found a coralation between type 2 diabetes and statins. google!
CardioGauge (10 months ago)
Yes absolutely we give it to people with diabetes all the time, because it decreases chance of stroke and heart attack so much. The Statins only increase the sugar a small amount. For example, the hemoglobin A1c (measure of long term sugar average) might go from 7.3 up to 7.4 due to the statin. It only increases the sugar a tiny bit, but decreases the chance of stroke and heart attack a lot. Please see my videos Atorvastatin 1 and Atorvastatin 2 for more explanation. I hope this helps you understand better, if not, please let me know.
Roberto Beltran (11 months ago)
Why in some sources says, atorvastatin causes dementia??
Roberto Beltran (9 months ago)
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CardioGauge (11 months ago)
people have reported memory loss with the medication. But there was a big study that looked for dementia / memory loss and it did not show that this happened. That is why i say in the video that statins do not cause dementia. Here is a link to the abstract: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25575908 I had a patient who said she got amnesia after taking a different statin (not atorvastatin) medication, but I haven't had other patients who have noticed problems thinking associated with the medication. The bottom line is any medication can cause almost any side effect. It's just that some side effects occur so rarely that they are not detected in the studies of the medication. For example, if 1 in 25,000 people gets amnesia with atorvastatin, it would take a study of 200,000 people or more to be able to prove that. Some studies show statins are associated with decrease in dementia, but these studies aren't convincing at all. On average, statins probably don't prevent or cause dementia. A rare person may have cognitive problems with the medication. Thanks for the question, it is an important one
Agis Alsatian (1 year ago)
POISON will kill you
Mr4444jl (1 year ago)
I'm 57 & have been on Lipitor now atorvastatin for 25 years, I've experienced muscle cramps in my shoulders & back mostly when I lift weights or heavy lifting but recently I get a pain in the middle of my back underneath my shoulder blades or close to, being concerned this might be something more than side effects have prompted my research, the dull ache comes on after working some what hard in the yard or when I'm not getting enough rest it can go away with a good nights rest but can come back after I resume heavier activities. It seems that laying down after a event then getting up to a vertical position can bring this on sometimes to the point that that I bend over to try to relieve the pressure I have no other heart attack symptoms. I have a doctor appointment in a couple of months but now wondering if I should move up the date. Is there a distinction between the muscle side effects of this statin and of having a heart issue.
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
When you say "let me be unequivocal" you discredit yourself. According scientific research, statins decrease the chance of heart attack, especially in people who have already had a heart attack. Check out the GREACE study, and the HOPE-3 study. Medical science is like any other science. There are observations and experiments and knowledge gained. I believe most medical studies are not fake, because the results usually support what I obesrve. I acknowledge statins can cause many different side effects. BUT THEY USUALLY DON'T. I don't take a statin, but if i had a heart attack or Stroke I would! A big reason why Statins have a lot of haters: when statins work, nothing happens. They dont make you feel better. A person takes it for years and years, and there is no stroke or heart attack. After taking the medication for a long time with nothing happening the person may think "I took this medicine for all these years, and it never did anything for me." However, if someone gets a side effect, he or she may immediately think "this medication is poison, it is terrible." So no successfully treated people post or talk about how great Statins are, because nothing happened, and people who get side effects are (rightfully) pissed off and very vocal. My reply is too long but i also have to relate an anecdote. I know a woman whose husband had first heart attack at age 29 and died at age 40. The woman has three sons, all of whom have very high cholesterol. They have been receiving Statin since childhood to prevent PREMATURE DEATH. For this MOTHER, the medication is seen as LIFE SAVING for her THREE SONS. It is not right for everyone, but it is a critical tool for improving the health for many people.
David Sanders (1 year ago)
Wrong again doc.  Statins can harm the heart muscle because it causes a drop in CoQ10 levels in proportion to the drop in cholesterol and the heart is one the biggest users of CoQ10.  You can try to supplement with CoQ10 but there is some doubt that it does any good.  Let me be unequivocal about this, Long term use of statins can cause a heart attack. Other little mentioned but common side effects include neuropathy, diabetes, memory loss, colitis, dry eyes, fatigue–the list goes on an on – and all of these can be permanent and even progressive after stopping statins.
Mr4444jl (1 year ago)
Thanks for your fast response I have a appointment with my Doctor today just to be safe.
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
Yes there is a distinction between the muscle side effects of a statin and having a heart issue. Statins don't harm the heart muscle, but rather can harm the other muscles of the body, for example arms, shoulders, legs, buttocks, back, etc. It is rare for the statins to cause actual muscle damage (1 in 25,000 people). Rather they commonly cause pain, which goes away when the medication is stopped. Usually, when people are having muscle pain from statins, they feel it more when they are at rest, not doing anything. Also, the pain usually does not change with changes in position. It seems likely that your symptom is not caused by the Lipitor, but something else. I can't give you advice on what to do (all that legal stuff). But, if I had a patient who was experiencing what you are, I would want him or her to report it to me promptly, because back pain with activity can be an indicator of a heart problem, or other important problem. It could just be a pulled muscle, but it could also be something more important.
Ahmad Badrulmunir (1 year ago)
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
Thanks for your comment. I have seen atorvastatin keep people alive that would have died over the 20 years I have been a doctor. It is a great medication for people who have had heart attack or other blood vessel problem. It decreases chance of another heart attack by half. It is of debatable use in people who are healthy. I see people in my office who have had their brother / sister / father / mother / aunts / uncles die of heart attacks at young ages. These people ask me to help them avoid dying of a heart attack. I tell them to eat as healthy as possible, which would be Mediterranean Diet, a LactoVegan Diet, or Vegan Diet, Exercise routinely, Don't Smoke, Get enough sleep, and often, to take atorvastatin. For people who already have blood vessel disease, or for people who have close family members who have suffered heart attack or stroke, taking atorvastatin is usually really a good idea. I believe in science (published studies) and personal experience. Whether or not the studies are true or all lies, I have no proof. However, no one can convince me the medication "does not work" because I have personally observed it to help many many people. That is why I support its use. I acknowledge it is far from being perfect or right for everyone. I don't "sell it."
Nadira Mangra (1 year ago)
hi what is atorvastatin..... 20.......m.g
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
Atorvastatin decreases cholesterol in the blood. Cholesterol cam cause heart attack. Heart attack is the most common cause of death in the united states and europe. 20 mg is a medium dose of the medicine. 80 mg is a high dose. It is available by getting prescription from a medical doctor in the united states. I dont know if a prescription is required in other countries.
kimi Reweti (1 year ago)
I have been on atorvastatin for 6 months now just wondering if this drug causes rapid heartbeat, also I have been experiencing nausa and sometimes loss of appetite and the list goes on...
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
I havent seen it cause rapid heart beat. I have had some patients with nausea. Only way to know if the med is causing those symptoms is to stop the med and see what happens over a month. Definitely talk to your doc before trying that. Also, if my patient were having nausea with the med I would check a chemistry blood test that includes liver and kidney values. Hope that helps.
Haggis Eater (1 year ago)
eat shite, millions of flies must be right.Statins kill, cholesterol is healthy.
svkright (1 year ago)
Well explained and great visual presentation, very easy to understand.
K lee N (1 year ago)
i got so sick from a statin. husband has numbness and cant feel his feet,i know others who have had to quit. google patient reviews on these drugs then decide.
JoJo Charlez (1 year ago)
My dad got all the side effects, it affected his kidneys, vision, all limbs, it looked like the tissue and muscles were eaten or melted away in some areas of his legs. He eventually was not able to walk, once it attacked his kidney and failed them, he never recovered. He eventually died from the complications.
erwin021777 (4 months ago)
I had an aunt and a grandma who used LIPITOR. They didn't die of heart attack or stroke. Guess what! After years of use They both died of liver cancer, diabetes and some other stuff. My grandma was bedridden for 6 months on oxygen, constant pain, etc until her death. I had 270 cholesterol levels and was given Attorvastatin and guess what! Severe muscle aches, cramps, insomnia, fatigue, lack of stamina, depression. It's common sense to stop it and I did..
Giok Kong (1 year ago)
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joe smith (1 year ago)
That's all you can say? Yet I bet you continue prescribing that poison
JoJo Charlez (1 year ago)
+Nathan Ritter Thank you.
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
That is horrible, I am sorry that happened to him.
Gennaro (1 year ago)
cholesterol is not the culprit why taking a medicine with a dangerous side effect when you can change your diet ?
Dusty Grady (9 months ago)
Yes, my diet is terrible, but I love my fatty foods and my moderate to high carb intake. So I guzzle 40mg of this stuff a day for prevention
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
So true, if we all ate well from childhood, we wouldn't have heart attacks and strokes! Most people in the U.S. eat terrible, and as a result many get blockage, and they are stuck taking the medication so the blockage doesn't get worse. Thanks for your comment.
Adam Donovan (1 year ago)
Science at its most superficial. Why are these "side effects" considered as "side" or of little or not importance. Why isn't there a mention of the widespread appearance of Alzheimer's disease right when statins began to be prescribed widely? This whole narrative depends for its accuracy on the spurious narrative of cholesterol as the cause of heart disease. That is a hopelessly two-dimensional model given that 75% of the human brain and nervous system is made from cholesterol. One of the liver's main jobs is to MAKE CHOLESTEROL. This is a high-school gen'l science logic brought to bear on something vastly more complicated: hear disease. But the BACK STORY supporting the use of statins is that it makes Big Pharma Billions of dollars AND it offers a hopelessly uninformed and chronically lazy American public the APPEARANCE OF A FIX: A SILVER BULLET to ward off the effects of their self-indulgent lifestyles.
Roberto Beltran (11 months ago)
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CardioGauge (1 year ago)
Thank you for your comment. A world that did not need statin medications would be a better world. That world would be all Vegans / LactoVegans who exercise 7 days a week, get 8 hours of sleep a night, and never smoked. Until we achieve that world, there will be many people who develop blocked arteries and show up at the hospital with angina or heart attack. I see those people, and they need to be treated, and atorvastatin is the best tool we have. I agree it is a poor tool, but we don't have anything better. As far as dementia goes, there is a rare person who may have cognitive problem with atorvastatin, however, on average, it probably (so the statisticians say) doesn't cause dementia. If a person who is put on atorvastatin observes cognitive loss, the medicine should either be stopped or switched to rosuvastatin or pravastatin. Again, this would be something that comes up in perhaps 1 in 1000 patients.
l turner (1 year ago)
the patent for the name lipitor ran out so they now call it avistatin....it is not a generic of the drug that takes ppl down, it is the same drug. everyone I have known goes on this rapidly declines and/or developed diabetes. Muscle cramps permanent damage. if u already have diabetes it will decline u into diabetes related illnesses faster. doctors will say" old age, diabetes causing this" and u get worse until the pills go in the trash an W in 24 hrs u feel better, up hill from there. until they slip u back on them when pharmacy fills prescription. ppl there is no proof of benefits!!! research online, talk to ppl on them while their still alive an find out when their health declined. doctors will never blame it on STATINS.... PFISER CREATED the drug and the desease to make billions W a b. it is the most under tested over PERSCRIBED medicine in history. I think these videos statics are decieving...
Dr. prema Kulkarni (1 year ago)
Haang Saai (1 year ago)
I am taking this medicine! My upper abdominal (Left upper Quardrant )has a mild pain! Is that a side effects of this medication?
Mila Rabino (1 year ago)
I took statin now I'm sick for a year now I have induced statin myopathy,I'm bedbound and wheel chair bound, I don't know how long I'm gonna be alive,because of statin.you think I can regain my muscle back ,statin kill my muscle cell.
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
It is possible. It can cause stomach irritation and reflux. The way you know is if the symptom started when you started the medication, and if the symptom goes away when you stop it. Your doc can give you guidance about whether or not it is ok to try stopping it. Good luck!
Chochoo Games (1 year ago)
You work for lipitor
K lee N (10 months ago)
CardioGauge still doesnt mean you werent paid for this video
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
Lipitor is generic, many companies make it. It is a cheap medication. There aren't any doctors who work for Lipitor.
JELAI Mancas (1 year ago)
eversince the doctor put me on this meds.. i started having muscle ache on my shoulder n neck, travel down my arms, and some on my buttocks and they put me on 80 mg
Miguel Lozano (1 year ago)
JELAI Mancas , yes the dizziness I call it brain fog
Miguel Lozano (1 year ago)
JELAI Mancas I believe it gave me brain fog , feeling lighteaded, loss of focus
JELAI Mancas (1 year ago)
Nathan Ritter thank u i will let my doctor know... thank u once again
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
You should tell your doc about your symptoms, and he or she can check you out. I haven't had any patients with dizziness from the medication, that I can recall. Again, the aching and pains all sound like typical statin side effects.
JELAI Mancas (1 year ago)
Nathan Ritter Its also very painful in my feet near my pinky toe and my knees...feeling dizzy most of the time...it bothers me when doing daily living
dmana3172 (1 year ago)
Is it useful in men and women over 75?
Peter Kroll (1 year ago)
It decreases chances of having a further heart attack by how much?
JELAI Mancas (1 year ago)
Nathan Ritter thank you for responding... well its been hurting much lately...
CardioGauge (1 year ago)
Yes it is, especially in people who have had a blood vessel problem already, like stroke or heart attack. It decreases the chance of having further heart attack or stroke. It is less understood if it is worth it to take the medicine if the person has not yet had any blood vessel problems. Some doctors will use it in this situation, some will not.
be frank (1 year ago)
im taking myself off them as i am 57 and been on them for 7 years along with losartan for high blood pressure. I am a very slim person with a good diet and i dont eat meat. I have a few pints of beer at the weekend. my doctor keeps sending me for blood tests and liver scans and they say i have fatty liver disease... the doctor says i have pre diabetes as my blood sugar is too high.... i am convinced that both these problems are a result of the statins and that doctors are prescribing them too liberally.
Verkiel Leo (1 year ago)
this man had me lubricated
Anomaly88man (2 years ago)
I've been on Atorvastatin for 4 months, taking 20 mgs. once a day, and have had no side effects at all. I was on Predinisone, and I took myself off it, despite my doctor and pharmacy trying to force me to take it, because that had bad side effects. Insomnia, rapid mood swings, mania, depression, and muscle spasms, which is why my doctor then prescribed me cyclobenzaprine that is a good skeletal muscle relaxant, but it caused horrible dry mouth and throat, and moderate sedation, which the 30 mgs. of cyclobenzaprine a day would render me languid and sedated. The Prednisone was prescribed to me for a torn interior wall pectoral muscle, because my doctor said it would heal it faster, which I found no information verifying that to be true, it's a horrible cortical steroid that made my body stop making cortisol while I was on it, and compromised my immune system. The only 2 drugs I ever been prescribed to have little to no side effects were hydrocodone for pain, and atorvastatin still has no side effects on me whatsoever. I make sure everything I eat has little to no cholesterol, and I eat garlic a lot which is a natural way to lower bad LDL cholesterol. My doctor only told me a little, the internet and videos such as your video on Youtube told me me a lot more. Also, milk thistle is good to take a few times a month, and the common weed purslane that grows everywhere has vitamins A,C,E, every B vitamin except for B12, and omega 3 fatty acid.
Robert Wood (6 months ago)
Hello. Now that a year has passed, do you still have no side effects from Atorvastatin? I have been on Atorvastatin about the same time as you since my doctor switched me from simvastatin, which I was on for over a decade (complete with muscle cramps and aches when first started) and, like you, I had no problems for many months when I started on atorvastatin. Now, for the last five months, I have noticed my muscle build depleting along with an often severe lack of energy and strength. I have been a Type 2 Diabetic since May 2003.
Roberto Beltran (9 months ago)
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CardioGauge (2 years ago)
Thank you for your comment! Prednisone and cyclobenzaprine are tough medications to tolerate.
Ali Elmoussa (2 years ago)
this med is scary

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