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Q: does a statin called Zocor cause weight gain?

does Zocor cause weight gain?

 

 

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
6/ 4/08 10:12am

Mary,

 

Weight gain is not a recognized side effect of Zocor.  This is something that should be brought to your doctor's attention, so that he can evaluate you for other causes of weight gain. 

 

Please review the medication section on this website to review all of the possible side effects of Zocor and other medication to lower blood lipid levels.  This will give you a great educational base in preparation for your visit with your physician.

 

Thank you.

 

Martin Cane, M.D.

 

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mssnurse21@gmial, Community Member
4/ 2/11 9:53pm

Dear Dr.:

 

BS!!!!! Aqlthough the pharmacuetical companies have educated you to elieve this I am a BSN and suffered a storke due to a bad bottle of insulin/injecton in August.  I am allergic to statin drugs and have had several BAD reactions to almost every on of them on the market!!!@  Yes I havwe high cholesterol...210!  sillness I can and do control my diabetes beautifully with A-1 scores of 6.?- 6.25 when the incident occurred...for over 7 years!!!  My NEW neurologist insisted and put me on ZOCOR...with two weeks of taking this medication I had started a rapid weight gain!  My Primary Care Physician has been treating me for 7 years and knows my history well.  When the stroke occurred my weight was at 126 and I am 5 ft. 1 and a half inches...and very active...exercising 5-6 days a week for over an hour per session!  iu was in a size 6...Within one month I had gfained 22 pounds!  My Primary Cary Physician was stunned but would not take ther isk of removing me from the medication...When my weight jumped to 160 pounds she gave in...I now have some liver damage!!!  These drugs are NOT SAFE to everyone!!! 
TRY LISTENING TO YOUR PATIENTS !!!  WE ARE NOT STUPID!!!  THE DURG COMPANIES JUST WANT TO SELL THEIR PRODUCTS!!! 

I CANNOT NOW GET THIS WEIGHT OFF...I HAVE LOWERED MY COLORIC COUNT TO 1200 PER DAY AND AM RIDING AN EXERCISE BIKE 1 MILE OR MORE EACH DAY AND WLAKING 1- 1AND A HALF MILES A DAY AND WORKING OUT WITH WEIGHTS!!!  NO WEIGHT LOSS....EVEN 4 MONTHSW NOT EVEN A POUND GONE!!!

 

PAY ATTENTION!!!  SOME OF ARE MUCH BETTER OFF USING NIASTATIN OR NIACIN AND EATING GRAPEFRUIT!!!

 

SINCERELY,

BSN-RN IN ATLANTA

 

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Pam, Community Member
5/ 6/11 4:37am

I started taking simvastatin 2 years ago and immediately started gaining weight I told my doctor who said it was not the drug but I know my own body I am 54 years old and have always been a size 12-14 I am now a size 18-20 I eat like a mouse and the bigger i get the harder it is to excercise now after a year of muscle pain where I can stand it no longer I have decided that this drug just isn't worth the good it is supposed to do compaired to all the bad health effects it is having on me I have gone from an active happy person to a fat crippled unhappy person I just hope to god that I manage to lose this weight now I have decided to come off the drug. Don't wait as long as me if your in pain no matter what your doctor says. Trust your own instinct and do what you feel you need to do.

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bronxsmama, Community Member
8/22/11 1:50pm

I took simvastatin for about 13 or more years.  I have gained 40 pounds over that period of time.  I was light headed for the past 3 or 4 years.  I had trouble sleeping, waking up every 2 hours sick to my stomach.  I started taking an acid reducer each night before i went to bed and that helped.  That went on for over 2 years.  Then about 3 months ago I started feeling really bad.  i had no idea what it was.  All i felt like doing was laying around.  I was so scared at times that I had my neighbor lady sit with me.  (I am 65 years old).  Also I have high blood pressure. Also, my stomach hurt. 

I went to see my doc. and after tests he said he couldn't find anything wrong with me.  I would have some sort of good days and mostly really bad days.  He took me off the simvastatin for 2 weeks.  Well, the very first day my stomach stopped hurting.  (probably caused the sickness at night also)  I started getting better little by little. I stayed off the simvastatin.

For the past 2 or 3 years I couldn't raise my left arm up very high without pain.  Well, guess what.......that is clearing up too.  I had some muscle aches too.  I just thought all of this was just because I was getting older.

I am feeling so much better now and I will not take that stuff again.  I forgot what it felt like to feel good.  

I have been off the simvastatin for 8 weeks.  I was really tried for the past couple of days but feel great today. I guess it is still getting out of my system.

Can't wait to see if I start loosing weight.  (I did lose about 8 pounds due to no appitite when I first got sick and it hasn't come back yet.)

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Bill H., Community Member
7/22/12 11:30am

Statins can also cause loss of libido and erectile dysfunction.  Lack of a sex life can also cause weight gain.  If nothing else, you compensate by eating.

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wharris39, Community Member
1/16/12 12:57pm

You sound like my heart doctor and I disagree with both of you . I stop taking

Simvastatin 40mg after I started having problems with my A1c sugar blood test going to 7.4 . I too started gaining weigh from the start. Since I stop taking

Simvastatin , I lost 20 pounds within two weeks and and I feel much better being

off statin . I'm waiting till after my next A1c blood test to see if my A1c levels

have come down . Simvastatin can effect liver and kidneys which can cause high

A1c blood test .

 

 

 

 

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CC, Community Member
5/11/12 10:28pm

I am so delighted to have stumbled across this web-site and am very grateful to have read all the comments.  I was started on 40mg of Simvastatin one-month ago.  Since then...oh my goodness...I have felt horrid!  The muscle pain, the weakness, the overall feeling of unwellness was enough on its own.  BUT then...add to that the extremely accelerated weight gain.  I'm feeling so unhealthy right now I can't even describe it.  I have gained...each and every day that I've been taking this...1 - 2 pounds or more.  In this one month I've now gained 38 pounds!  Think it's not possible to gain such a vast amount?  Trust me...it is and I'm proof.  It wasn't until this evening that I wondered if it wasn't the Simvastatin.  I googled this medication and ended up finding this web-site.  These comments are very valuable to me because they confirm to me that this is the culprit causing all my woes.  I am NOT going to allow this to go on.  I'm done taking them!  I'm going to the health food store tomorrow and will try to find another, more healthy, way to get my slightly high cholesterol under control.  I'm angry to have been put on such a huge dose when my levels were just not that elevated.  I'm soooo grateful for everyone taking the time to post about how this affected them and for this web-site leaving these posts up here for me to find.  I do hope this weight will come off easy.  Thanks again for the enlightenment.

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Mario, Community Member
6/ 5/12 9:16pm

First i would like to thank everyone on this page for sharing your stories. You have provided me with the answers to questions that i've been looking for

 

I'm 35 now and started taking Simvastatin 20mg about  2yrs ago. When the doctors told me about my cholesterol and high blood pressure, i was given a priscription for a both so it was hard to point out which one was the culprit. Durring my 2 yr Simvastatin poisoning, i now have stomach problem (now taking priscribed anti acid for it), aches and pain everywhere, unexplained depression and anxiety on top of that, fatigue, moody (probably from 30+pounds gained!)  I felt fine before and now feel horible since taking them. I talked to my doctor about it and had the same response as every person on this page. "you have to take it" "its not the medicine"  It's funny on how different doctors from all across the counry are all rooting for it and pushing it on people when clearly the weight gain along with the many other side effects from taking it is a problem within itself. I know every body has different reactions and that some Doctors are interested on whats really best for us but enough is enough. What good is it when these so called life saving medicine mess you up to the point  where you cant live life. My cholesterol is down but i'm too depressed fat, dont really have interests in going anywhere because of fatigue and aches everywhere. How is that better? Its's not just one Dr. i had moved and the second Dr. said its not the meds and i felt like they were pushed on me. I wonder how much they get paid to push certain pills to people. I couldn't get any thing solid from my Dr. and no mention of alternatives so i searched online for answers. I did research but all of my information was from thier site or ones that affiliated one way or another. Despite what they said, i still believe it was the medication and now after reading this, i will stop taking them imediately. I truely believe that if i continue taking it, that it'll be the end of me. For two years it's been hard to play with my kids. Two years of rapid weight gain and with all of your stories they still deny it. How can they continue to give them out without proper warnings. I'm sure it helps some people, but from what i read, weight gain to diabetics can be a serious risk to thier health. Thanks everyone for helping me deside to stop taking them.

Smile LOL i just wanted to say thanks to everyone here and ended up venting.

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Bill H., Community Member
7/22/12 11:33am

Friends who have stopped the statins tell me that garlic pills or red rice yeast have provided perfect control of their cholesterol, with no side effects.

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Bill H., Community Member
7/22/12 11:37am

You should be ashamed of yourself for your laziness.  Blindly accepting the data from a party with vested interest is not good scientific method.  We all know that the FDA relies upon the drug companies to test their products, with no peer review.  Just because the FDA is shilling for the drug companies, you do not have to jump on the bandwagon.

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kauaigirl78, Community Member
10/20/12 11:16pm

I jus got a prescription from my docter simvastatin-generic for Zocor?  I read the side effects..it scares me..my cholestoral is 246 very high..I don't like taking medications..with the side effects of stroke, short of breath and gaioning weight ..why does a docter prescribe that to me..not knowing the side effects..this scares me...I will not take it..last year they gave me crestor..same thing..I have not taken it...I am a pacific islander.

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Francis Mulhare, Community Member
9/ 7/08 2:07pm

In my personal experience statins drugs in general can cause immediate and significant weight gain in some people. Upon starting Lipitor I gained 14 lbs in about 3 weeks. The effect was so pronounced that it could not have been anything else but yet my doctor denied that it could be the source of the problem. The first time I stopped the drug my weight returned to normal witin a few weeks. Under pressure from doctors I resumed with other statins and had the same effect except that eventually my weight did not return to normal and now I am struggling with a weight problem in addition to everything else. Some recent research; Dr Beatrice Golumb at UCSD: is beginning to support this experience. It seems that the lipophilic statins are more likely to cause this reaction. I have observed that I seem to react similarly to oil based supplements as well.

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Ronda, Community Member
5/11/09 2:23am

I have recently started taking simvastatin - generic Zocor, my weight has increased by 13 pounds within 2 months. I have tried lowering my food intake and working out harder & my weight contininues to rise. Thanks for writing. I was feeling alone in my sudden weight gain.

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Pam, Community Member
5/29/09 10:51am

I started taking simvastatin about two months ago and also gained about 15 pounds. I couldn't find anything in the side effects about weight gain but can only assume it is the drug. I've been working out 3-4 times a week but nothing has helped.

 

I feel a little better knowing it's not just me! Thanks!

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Cheshire Kitty, Community Member
6/ 8/09 2:29pm

I have been on simvastatin for about a month and I have put on quite alot of weight.  I am due to go back to the doctors this Thursday and I will be asking her whether this is a side effect of the 'drugs'.  If it is this would be very dissapointing to say the least!

 

 

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Sandi, Community Member
8/15/09 11:39pm

Don't feel bad, I too have gained weight since taking Lipitor and now Simvastatin.  Does 20 pounds sound like I am happy?  I watch what I eat, carefully, exercise 4 times a week and only eat meat once a week.  I don't like where I have gained the weight, bust area, waist and lower stomach, but I have learned to disguise it pretty well.  I can't discontinue the medication and refuse to take 'diet pills' that you see on television so I am at wits end.  I find it hard to accept the weight gain, but at 65 it is difficult.  I did Weight Watchers in 1965 and lost 40 pounds.  I kept it off for many years, but Lipitor put 20 pounds on and now the other 20.  I thought about  fat removal surgery, but the thoughts of that are revolting.  Good luck.

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Jackie, Community Member
8/31/09 9:46am

I have been on various statins over the last eight years starting with Zocor, then going on to Crestor and now Lipitor.  My weight has gone up close to 18 lbs. in that time frame.  The weight is primarily in the the areas mentioned by the previous poster, but I've also had issues with muscle weakness from all 3.  My father passed away from a heart attack at the age of 63, having survived his first attack two years prior.  My mother had angina and triple bypass by the time she was 72.  She did, however, live to the age of 89.  I am in a catch 22 - the muscle weakness is frightening, so much so that a few years back while on Zocor I saw a neurologist, fearing that I had MS.  It was the medication.  I am extremely unhappy at this weight gain.  I am in my late 50s, so the menopausal years are deemed to be factored into this by physicians.  I never had a weight problem before, and regardless of caloric intake, the weight just doesn't want to budge.  The muscle aches and weakness make attempts at exercise a task, rather than something that I would rather do pain free.  One doctor told me that the cholesterol production is in all likelihood hereditary and that the strictest of diets won't change the tendency to produce.  The work 'frustration' is summarizing my situation too mildly. 

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Heidi, Community Member
9/ 8/09 7:32pm

Thank God, I'm not alone anymore!  I too am on a different statin.  I'm almost 40, I've been exercising for the past month 6 days a week.  The scale has not budged.  Two years ago I lost 20lbs, then started this medication and gained it all back.  It's nice to see there is a doctor out there giving this some validity.  I too was told this is hereditary.  I'm about to stop the medication and take my chances with all the exercising I've been doing.  There has to be a better way.  This is not all in my head!

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Lisa, Community Member
7/27/10 10:41pm

Hi Heidi,

I realize this reply is months and months after you posted your response, but I am going through the same thing and losing my mind.

 

I was told that I have hereditary cholesterol yet no one in my family, going back 3 generations ever had such a thing. My weight gain is driving me to the point of madness and I am tempted to go off the drug, lose the weight and march into my denying doctor to prove my point.

 

Did you stop taking the medication? If so, what happened?

 

Thank you,

 

Lisa

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Heidi, Community Member
8/ 4/10 6:26pm

Hi Lisa, I found a doctor in January who told me he thought the drop in my cholesterol wasnt necessarily because of the statin.  I'm going back to see him this month.  I agreed to loose 20 lbs to confirm I do not have hereditary issues with this.   I have been off of all statins since August of last year.  However, I am training to run a marathon in October and the weight is coming off with no problem.  I truely feel it was the statin preventing me from losing any weight.  I also feel it took a long time for my body to respond to the exercise process.   Good luck! Heidi

 

 

 

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Jan, Community Member
5/29/11 10:31pm

How long did it take for the weight to start to come off........?

I have been off 3 weeks now and nothing.......still have the weight especially in my middle and waist......it is disgusting. I went off the drug and decided not to tell my Dr. until I lost the weight.......walking. watching my calories and still not one lb. has come off........nothing fits.............HELP

 

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knowitall, Community Member
11/10/11 7:51am

Have your Thyroid level checked, Zocor could have lowered your thyroid level

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Sandy, Community Member
11/11/11 12:24pm

My Dr. checked everything after my 60lb. weight gain.  He said there is nothing wrong with my thyroid.

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jimmy, Community Member
4/28/12 10:42am

Yeah I started taking zocor 11 months ago. I have gained 40 pounds but I also took steroids for a lower back problem. The one thing that I am certain of is I have worked out 5 days a week cut my calories by 1/3 and eliminated my sugar from my diet. I hardly even eat carbs very little just before I take my 4 mile walk. The point being I believe just 10 mg of zocor has prevented any kind of weight loss. I quit taking zocor 2 weeks ago and started taking omega 3 fish oil so I will keep you updated.

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Anna, Community Member
9/22/09 12:16am

I've had the same reaction as everyone else.  I've gained almost ten pounds since starting on simvastatin (generic for Zocor).  I'm happy at the results; my overall numbers are very very good, but I hate the weight gain and muscle weakness.

 

I did some research and found on some very reputable sites a suggestion to take coQ10 as a supplement along with statins.  Apparently statins effect your coQ10 levels and that can cause the muscle weakness.  I've been taking them for a few weeks now along with the statins and I do notice a difference.  It is also a powerful antioxident.  Obviously, before taking this supplement I would make sure it does not interact with any other medications you are taking.

 

The only problem is the general malaise and weight gain I believe has been brought on by the statin.

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kae, Community Member
11/ 8/09 9:59pm

I have been on 20 mg simvastatin for just one short week and have already gained 5 lbs.  I had been losing weight until I began taking this med.  So I know it isn't a change in my eating/exercise habits and they have remained the same.

 

I will be calling my dr. ASAP

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Mousie, Community Member
11/19/09 11:04am

Well there seems to be quite a few of us with the same weight gain problem.  I have statin intolerance and have not been able to take any type of statin.  About 2 months ago, my heart doctor put me on 80 mg of simvastatin with 300 mg of CoQ10 following a heart cath with stenting.  I was ok for about 5 weeks and then the muscle aches and fatique set in to the point where I couldn't even hardly walk or sit...what a mess!  The doctor wants me to decrease to 40 mg but I'm really hesitant about taking it at all now.  I went off the drug 5 days ago and have already lost 5 lbs and my muscles are feeling better.  I just don't know what to do at this point when the doctors do not believe the simvastatin is causing my weight gain.

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donna, Community Member
5/12/10 3:50pm

i have been on simvastatin for a year and have gained a stone and a half i am tired most of the time and always constipated, i can not believe it took me this long to twig on it was these tablets, i will lower my cholesterol through diet and natural supplements, my doctor assured me these tablets would not make me gain weight the tablets are now in the bin

 

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Verbena, Community Member
7/ 5/10 12:49pm

Donna, take magnesium capsules for constipation which come from Wal-Mart or any health food store.  It's natural and much cheaper than say Miracid that doctors prescribe.  It comes in 250, 500 and (I think) 1,000 mg and has many uses in the body.  It has to be taken daily; start out w/ small dosage and increase until you feel the body is working satisfactorily, reduce the mg if need be depending on the action.   I take 1,000 mg per day and am completely satisfied with the results and the cost.  Nothing had helped prior to the magnesium.  You may contact your doctor as I did.  He advised he had no problem with my taking it.

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Verbena, Community Member
7/ 5/10 12:54pm

Donna, take magnesium capsules for constipation which come from Wal-Mart or any health food store.  It's natural and much cheaper than say Miracid that doctors prescribe.  It comes in 250, 500 and (I think) 1,000 mg and has many uses in the body.  It has to be taken daily; start out w/ small dosage and increase until you feel the body is working satisfactorily, reduce the mg if need be depending on the action.   I take 1,000 mg per day and am completely satisfied with the results and the cost.  Nothing had helped prior to the magnesium.  You may contact your doctor as I did.  He advised he had no problem with my taking it.

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catherine t, Community Member
2/11/11 6:40pm

have been on simvastatin for a number of years and the weight has just piled on i just thought it was due to getting older depression and i am also losing my memory sometimes this was also put down to depression today my doctor told me i had a fatty liver and his took me off statins lets hope it was the cause of my problems then i can get back to normal i am only 48 and i feel like i have lost my forties altogether

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Nancy, Community Member
8/ 2/11 2:05pm

I also have just started taking 20mg. simvastatin and in the 1 week that I have been on this med. I've gained 3 lbs. I'm not going to wait until I have 20 lbs. to lose before I do something about this. My Dr. did say that I may gain a few pounds while on this medication. After reading many reports confirming his statement....gaining weight whithin a week of starting this and being nauseated during the night, I've since stopped taking this medication and decided to prioritize better eating habits and pump up my excercise.

If my numbers haven't come down in Oct. when I see my dr. then we can talk about another medication if I need one.

I'm glad I found this web-site.

 

Thanks.

Nancy

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janfo5, Community Member
3/ 2/10 2:30am

OMG! Can't believe all this - wish I'd have checked before re: the weight gain and statins!  A friend who is into naturopathy found out I was on Simvistatin and told me I HAD to get CoQ10 - read all about it online, got some and I swear my energy levels are way up and I have lost 17 lbs using it and counting calories the past two months.  Seriously thinking about quitting the statins altogether as the weight loss is slowing down lately!  Get online and READ about CoQ10 - it's facinating!  I only read sites that DON'T sell the meds/vitamins though.

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Lisa, Community Member
3/25/10 12:17am

Well halleleujah....I'm not crazy!!!!  I started Zocor about 12 weeks ago and have gained almost 30 pounds.  I work out 3-4 times a week and have a very active job!  My muscles hurt all the time now and makes my job a struggle...as well as working out.  I feel like I have put on 20 years in the last 3 months.  I eat very healthy...almost NEVER eat anything that isn't prepared by my hand.  I lived through a heart transplant with my ex-husband so calorie, fat, and sodium intake is always in the forefront of my mind...not to mention I was trained as a biochemist. 

 

I am faced with a conundrum.....I feel worse on the medicine and can't fit into any of my clothes.  Certainly this isn't better for me.  Stay on the medicine and feel like like crap and keep gain weight or stop it and start feeling better.

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patty b., Community Member
8/10/10 10:35pm

Thank God i'm not crazy....I have been on simvastat for over 4 yrs now, and since then i went from being a fit 130lb woman to a wopping 200lb, w/ sore muscle's , aching feet and almost no energy at all....I am so stoping this drug asap...Is it safe to just stop this drug??

 

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patricia b, Community Member
8/10/10 10:39pm

Thank God i'm not crazy....I have been on simvastat for over 4 yrs now, and since then i went from being a fit 130lb woman to a wopping 200lb, w/ sore muscle's , aching feet and almost no energy at all....I am so stoping this drug asap...Is it safe to just stop this drug??

 

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Sallie Taylor, Community Member
4/ 8/12 11:35am

Yesterday when picking my tablets up the pharmasist handed me a warning regarding the 80 mg's of Simvastatin I have been taking for years.At 67 years old any aches and pains pluse weight gain I put down to getting older.I now see these tablets could be the cause.I have told my Doctor many times the sparks gone out of my life .Maybe these tablets wants changing.The thing is my cholestrol was under 200 when he put me on this large dose.

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Mike Lewis, Community Member
5/ 8/10 4:23am

Well am I glad I found this site!

 

I am 62, until I was approx 27 I was 10 stone (I am a 6ft tall, and male) my weight increased sligtly, over the years until at 60 I was 11.5 stone,.

Then at this age, my doctor reommended Simvastatin, first 20mg, then up to 40mg as the 20mg made no difference to my blood test results.

What has made a difference is my weight. Although I eat 'normal' that is toast for breakfast (2 rounds) light lunch, small meal a dinner, mostly fish, my weight has shot up to 14.5 stone! I can't seem to reduce it, no matter what I do.

I am stopping the tablets, as it must be causing me more harm than good.

I will maintain a healthy diet and leave the rest to nature. This extra weight is not natural and just can't be good for me.

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lillybet, Community Member
4/25/11 12:28pm

hi, i've been on lots of different statins over the years...one  gp stopped them because of sore weak muscles...but because my cholesterol went up ...another gp put me back on them....the last ones i was on were pravastatin...and i could hardly walk, i felt as if i was wading knee deep in mud...my legs felt so weak....and i gained a stone in weight. after going to my gp...and had some blood tests done...which came back fine...he told me not to worry...i would soon feel better?????.i went home and binned the statins...i haven't taken any for about 4 months...i feel so much better and very slowly i'm starting to lose some weight...only 4 pounds at the moment...but it's a start....i will never again take another statin....i have always eaten healthily...and now i take lecathin to lower the cholesterol...i don't know if it's working as i haven't had a cholesterol test since

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Mike Lewis, Community Member
4/25/11 1:12pm

Hi and thanks for the reply,

Since I stopped taking them as I stated, My weight has settled to an acceptable level, not at all bad for my age and hight.

Another point to mention is that I went for a routine heart check at the hospital recently, and said to the consultant, 'I understand my cholesterol is high, is this a problem?

He replied 'Well your heart and chest are fine' (he had given me an ultra sonic scan on the chest, on his latest computerised scanner and it was possible to see the heart working, and that the main arteries were clear)

He went on to say, 'Your (bad) cholesterol may be a little higher than some, but your good cholesterol is at the same level, so I don't think you have anything to worry about, if it was just the bad that was high, maybe that would be different'

I certianly am not worried about your cholesterol, arteries, or heart following my examination.

I am keeping of the tablets, now no sever leg cramps, weight reduced nicely, and in general feel better all round.

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lillybet, Community Member
4/25/11 2:27pm

glad to hear what the dr at the hospital had to say...isn't it strange the g.p's don't think the same way...they all seem to be for these statins...there must be big money to be made from them....if something is making us all feel so ill when it's supposed to be helping us....then there is something seriously wrong somewhere

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jo, Community Member
4/ 3/10 10:30pm

I have experienced the same problem with weight gain of 14 pounds since starting generic zocor just two months ago.  it seems to be vicious circle when I am also fighting anxiety and take Lexapro for that.  Now I've gained weight and am heavier than I was while pregnant.  I was too feeling alone.  I quit the zocor until I return to the doctor.  Thank yo for writing.

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lillybet, Community Member
4/25/11 1:14pm

has anyone been diagnosed as diabetic after having been on statins.......nobody in my family has ever had diabetes...but about 4 years ago i was diagnosed as type 2 after having been on various statins for years....and i have read on one of the web sites that statins can interfere with insulin causing a person to become diabetic

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Sandy, Community Member
2/21/12 1:52pm

Hi, I was just told last week that now I have diabetes.  I was on Zocor for a year and gained 70 lbs.  When my thighs started hurting and I found this sight I never took another Zocor.  Of course my Dr.s say the weight gain isn't caused from the Zocor and they ignor the leg pain.  It has been a year since I went off of it, my legs are worse and I can not lose any weight.  I think maybe someone should go to the World News or something  and all the Dr.s that didn't help have their license taken away.  I am tired of this, and tired of Dr.s not listening and doing anything about it.  Do the pharmeceutical company's have that much control of the Dr.s?

 

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Steve, Community Member
4/26/11 8:19pm

Thanks to all. I have ( had!) lost around 28Lbs in the 3 months since Christmas and new year, and my weight was continuing to drop , albeit slower. Doctor put me on statins  (simvastatin) and I've gained 10 Lbs in 3 weeks. Not to mention the food cravings.

 

What is the point in losing weight to lower cholesterol if they then give you a drug that raises your weight back to where you started? My Father had the same -started statins and put on 14Lbs in a month.

 

They hand these things out willy nilly. They are becoming like anti-depressants, everybody and his dog are on them. I agree with one of the the other comments - they are trying to make us all fit into a neat little band on a chart. I'd like to fit in the band that says I'm the right weight for my height. Why are you giving me pills to stop this?

 

these charts work both ways - I'm not overweight, I'm undertall. Problem solved!!

 

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Peg, Community Member
2/13/12 3:51pm

wow, hi, i too have gained the weight from simvatistian, i had a quadrupal bypass almost two years ago, doing well, and ended up with a pacemaker also, I am 62, now, i weight 106 before my heart attack, i now weigh 150, i admit and everyone else, that i was too skinny, i was sick, smoked too much, never thought my heart was clogged, but it was, all is better but i quit smoking after 34 years or so, and kept putting weight on, 136 seems to be ideal for me, so i questioned my doctors, and well, no, they dotn think the meds did this, i need these meds, taking the simvastioan, also courig, plavix, i have high blood pressure and well, if you say you stopped taking them, well, my gosh, you need them , dont you, wouldnt another brand be just as bad, i figured,i gained from quitting smoking, i am eating better, more fish, chicken, easy on salt, butter, dairy, low fat, good grief, went up from a size 6 to a size 10 and 12, very upsetting, but glad i read these articles, i will be addressing this again to my doctors.

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onenvrnos, Community Member
3/12/10 5:43pm

I obviously am very late to comment on this, but I thank you so much (all of you) for sharing your stories.  I was started on 40 mg.  The doctor did not tell me that once I started taking this drug, I would not be able to stop--for life!!!! Do you know there are at least 30 million people out there taking statin drugs?  What a boon for the drug/pharmaceutical industry.  I immediately gained weight up to 20 lbs, my heart palpitated for no good reason (like anxiety attacks), I became "moody", and generally I just did not feel good.  The weight gain was the very reason my cholesterol went up in the first place, and with the drug my weight exploded.  I reduced my Simvistatin to 20 mg and started to lose weight; I also watched what I ate and exercised.  When I went back to the doctor, my cholesterol had gone up, so he told me I had to go back to 40 mg.  Within one month of statin use, I gained an additional 4 lbs.  I have now gone back to 20 mg and feel better all ready.  I have started to take red yeast rice with fish oil supplements in addition to the 20 mg of Simvistatin.  Does anyone know if this is dangerous?  I certainly FEEL better.

 

P.S;  I related to all doctors the weight gain and the other side effects, and they told me there was no evidence that statin drugs could cause these problems. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. 

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Smokin Mike, Community Member
3/23/10 2:13pm

I have been on Vytorin 10/40 for 4 years. It contains simvastatin. I have had weight gain, muscle pain, joint pain, weakness, blurrred vision, mind fog etc. I am taking myself off it NOW and will be seeing my doc in a few weeks, getting blood work etc. I am on 400mg of coq10. I am interested in hearing from those who have had a reversal of these kinds of symptoms, how long it took and what you are doing to keep cholesterol in check.

Thanks, Mike 

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KayTee, Community Member
3/24/10 9:28am

The Red Yeast Rice is a Statin also, so you are actually doubling up on statins.  Stop one or the other.  Remember, Red Yeast Rice is a supplement and not regulated by the FDA.  At least the Zocor is regulated as to the accuracy of the amount of drug you are getting.

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Francis Mulhare, Community Member
10/ 2/10 3:51pm

It has been a while since my original reply. Since then some newer studies may shed light on what is happening.

http://www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/news/20100416/statins_may_lower_testosterone_libido

 

It seems that statins may lower testosterone and one known side effect of lower testosterone is weight gain, particularly around the waist. I have also discovered that I am quite sensitive to soy which is known to slow thyroid function and promote weight gain. Soybean oil is present in a lot of oil based supplements and medicines as are other soy isolates. I eventually went on a jihad and eliminated it completely from my diet for about a month and my weight pretty much went back to normal without too much effort. Very difficult to avoid soy over the long term though, particularly if you live in the US, since it is in almost all processed foods.

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jbay, Community Member
3/ 4/11 11:12am

Me too. On 20mg simva and 3g EPA/DHA (fish oil) daily and, although my cholesterol has dropped like bad stock, I too have gained about 15 lbs.  Mad food cravings.  Yes it is a catch 22 but I'll take the 15 lbs any day over the cholesterol problem.  Def hereditary.  There's no proof that being overweight shortens your life span but there's hardcore proof that cholesterol kills.

 

And if you worry about how you look or how other people see you then you need psychotherapy and/or God.

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Sharen, Community Member
11/ 9/09 1:41pm

I have been taking Lipitor for many years but, about a year ago, I started to rapidly gain weight - 15 pounds in 3 months.  I was tested for absolutely everything - seems I'm in almost perfect health.  I then went to Fiji for 2 months, where I sweated profusely all day, every day and I lost 15 pounds while I was there.  Since returning home, I have gained back the 15 pounds if not more.  Like everyone else who's replied to this question, I go to the gym regularly where I spend an hour on the elliptical machine and I eat extremely well, probably fewer than the recommended daily calories, but I continue to gain.  I'm convinced the weight gain is due to water retention.  Some days, all of the water pools in my legs and feet.  I've tried many diuretics and am currently trying another tea and another herbal remedy.  This is getting very frustrating.  There has to be an alternative to statins. 

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Ronda, Community Member
4/ 7/10 1:03pm

I previously wrote about my weight gain on the generic Zocor. I stopped taking the statin and the weight gain is still with me. My dad is now on Zetia (?) a drug that works on your intestines instead of your liver. He claims he now has no muscle cramps and he has lost 40lbs. His cholesterol count is down due to the drug & his weight loss. Has anyone else tried this alternative? 

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Sasha, Community Member
10/16/11 6:00pm

You might want to try a complete Vit. B Complex.  I know that when I'm retaining water weight this clears up the retention rapidly.  Stay close to a bathroom when you first take it, ie. for about 2 or 3 hours as sometimes it works really fast, especially since your body is not used to it.

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FatIrishLady, Community Member
12/13/09 12:01am

Since I retired from my very active job on March 31 after 43 years, I have been devastated by my weight gain despite my complaints to my doctor. In addition, I am suffering with depression, which is not helping matters. Yes, before my retirement, my cholesterol was genetically very high back in November 2008 - over 200 +, but dropped significantly in June by almost 125 pts due to my doctor insisted on Pravastatin 20 mgs. Unfortunately, for some reason despite working with a personal trainer twice a week and a nutritionist, the cholesterol went back up, so did the triglycerides, and much to my dismay the weight has kept on coming. No matter what I have done, I keep gaining vs. losing.

I am not sure that satins and steroids are in the same category with regard to weight gain, but no matter how much I exercise and watch what I eat, the weight keeps packing coming.

I have heart disease in my family, which is really scaring me. My youngest brother had a quadruple bypass recently, my father had one in his 70s, and my mother's brother had a triple. I never had a weight problem until menopause at 42, but right after I went up two bra sizes in less than a year. My doctor at the time thought it was funny as most women would be pleased, but never having much of a bust until then it was dismaying as nothing fit right. I was exercising 50 min per day and thought it might be my thyroid, which apparently it was not and since then I have a body that I do not recognize, despise, and am ashamed even to look at in the mirror.

The answer that my current doctor comes up with is to exercise more and go on Weight Watchers, take the satins but beyond that, she does not seem to be able to come up with any other answers. I need someone to connect the dots here and let me know if the stations are making me gain weight despite what I am doing. This is making me more depressed by the day. Please someone HELP!

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grizzlie64, Community Member
1/19/10 11:01am

This study has caused me to experience mental "highs and lows" at the same time. I am glad to hear that I'm not the only who has experienced significant weight gain after beginning a statin drug regimen (In my case Simvastatin), but I am somewhat depressed to find that many others have, and are, experiencing the same weight gain problems. I had a triple bypass back in 2007 following a "minor" heart attack (if there is such a thing).  Since that time, and after having been prescribed this statin drug, I have gained nearly 40 pounds. I eat healthy, but due to emphysema and the weight gain cannot exercise as I would would like to. It's like the snowball effect which I'm sure subsequently adds to the already significant weight gain. I only hope that I can find an efficacious holistic regimen that will help to treat the elevated cholesterol level, while at the same time allowing me to start exercising regularly again. I've found that almost all of the weight gain has occurred in the stomach and "love handles" region. Because my weight gain is quite noticeable it has not only become an embarrassment, but also has precipitated significant bouts of depression. For someone that has been fit and active most of his life, this is a hard one to come to grips with.

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myarmaches, Community Member
8/15/10 4:14am

Hi

I also have struggled with my weight since going onto Simvastatin 40mg. Mentioned it to my doctor several times and he dismissed it stating I needed to take more exercise and cut down on food intake. I was only 2lb over my ideal weight when I went onto this medication, I am now 2 and a half stone heavier, exercise more, eat less and keep gaining weight. I have also had swelling in my wrists, my forearm aches immensly and have had steroid injections into my shoulder! I have made an appointment to see my doc this week and will insist on a blood test to see what me cholestorol levels are and also to ask if I am able to come off these tablets for a month or so to see if I feel any better. Will keep you posted on what happens as it may help a few people out there as we all seem to be going through the same symptoms.

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Brokebackkitty, Community Member
1/28/10 7:26am

I have been on several statins.  They caused heart palpitations.  So my Dr. put me on Vytorin.  I took it for three weeks.  I began to itch, and my muscles hurt.  The weight gain was in the neighborhood of 5 pounds.  I took a week off the drug to see if the itching would stop.  I took one more, and my muscles hurt SO bad.  I was switched back to Crestor.  He took me down to 5mg from 10mg.  I am taking it everyother day.  I am gaining about a pound day.

 

I have spent the last 18 months losing 70 punds.  Since taking the statin drugs I have gained back 25 pounds.  I look at the scales, and just ask, "Why?"  I could not undertand what was going on.  I was a bit more hungry, but I have limited my self back, and I am still putting on a pound a day.

 

I am glad to see other people with the same problem.  I don't wish all of us have weight issues, but I am glad to see that I am not just over eating.

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joy, Community Member
3/ 4/10 7:22am

I just turned 60 , I'm 5'2, now weigh 131 lbs according to the scale this morning  and up until 6 weeks ago I weighed 126 thats  when I was put on simvastatin and a medication for hi blood pressure. Cholostrol high is a natural phenomon in my entire family from the youngest to the oldest.

 

 I stopped the hi blood pressure med 4 days ago , and still woke up this morning with an additional 1 1/2 added to my wieght since the day before yesterday. It has to be the simvastatin.

 I have NEVER had a history of large weight gains in a short period of time. My history up until the medication has been  to  gain about 1/2 to 1 lb a year . At age 35 I weighed 115. So in 25 years I gained 11 lbs and now , in 6 short weeks I gained an unexplainable 5 lbs. I too work out almost daily and eat extremely healthy.

 

There literature says - that this med is not  does not cause weight gain???? Really??????????????????!!!!

I just hope to God I can lose it , if I quit taking the drug- which I will be discussing with my doc next week.

Very frustrating  Additionally I ve seen a lot of hair in the sink and on the floor the last 6 weeks.. so I have to add that to the list of -"what the heck is going on ????????????"

jj

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CC, Community Member
5/11/12 11:23pm

Hair loss?  To be safe...have your thyroid checked.

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CC, Community Member
5/11/12 11:23pm

Hair loss?  To be safe...have your thyroid checked.

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KRIS RN, Community Member
3/12/10 3:26pm

YES IT DOES  I HAVE BEEN TAKING IT FOR 3 WEEKS AND HAVE GAINED 6 POUNDS  I TOO HAVE GENETIC HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND MY DR INSISTS I CANT DO IT WITH NATURAL METHODS  WELL IM GONNA TRY THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND I ALSO ACHE AND AM VERY TIRED.  I AM STOPPING TO DAY AND BUYING NATURAL PRODUCTS TO LOWER MY CHOLESTEROL.  IT IS TRUE NO MATTER WHAT YOUR DR SAYS THEY ARE NOT ALWAYS RIGHT.  BY THE WAY I AM AN RN  WORKOUT OUT AND EAT RIGHT.  NO MORE ZOCOR FOR ME

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Smokin Mike, Community Member
3/23/10 2:24pm

I have been on Vytorin 10/40 for 4 years. It contains simvastatin. I have had weight gain, muscle pain, joint pain, weakness, blurrred vision, mind fog etc. I am taking myself off it NOW and will be seeing my doc in a few weeks, getting blood work etc. I am on 400mg of coq10. I am interested in hearing from those who have had a reversal of these kinds of symptoms, how long it took and what you are doing to keep cholesterol in check.

Thanks, Mike 

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wendi LaPerriere, Community Member
3/23/10 3:20pm

Im having the same problem, ive gained 28 lbs in the past 6 months, i also spoke to my dr.he said it wasnt the medication.

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wendi LaPerriere, Community Member
3/23/10 3:20pm

Im having the same problem, ive gained 28 lbs in the past 6 months, i also spoke to my dr.he said it wasnt the medication.

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Rob277, Community Member
4/ 2/10 11:33am

I have been taking Simavastin for a year of so and decided to stop and recheck my chloresterol levels. In two weeks I dropped 10lbs without change in diet or excercise.

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Lisa, Community Member
4/17/10 5:47pm

I am SO glad that I found this site!  I have long suspected the simvastatin as a cause for my weight gain.  I have been extra discouraged as the doctor upped by dosage last year from 20 mgs. to 40 mgs. and I saw my weight go up another 12 lbs!  I am at a loss.  I would love to hear from people who have gone off the statins and how it has effected their weight, and how they are dealing with the cholesterol issue.

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Wendy, Community Member
5/17/10 4:07pm

OMG!!!  I too am on this medication.  I was put on 20 mgs, by my doctor almost 2 months ago.  And oh my lord, I have gained like 9 pounds.  I was wondering what was going on.  I can't fit any of my shirts, my stomach and breasts and arms, also my face are getting so big...lol  I am so glad that I took the time to research and find that others are going through the same thing and that's it's not all in my head.  I won't be taking these things anymore.  I have started working out and eating a whole lot better now.  No way will I continue to gain all this weight.   I just pray I can do what is needed to keep my cholesterol under control without those drugs.  Thanks everyone,  and much success. Embarassed

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Bigjac238, Community Member
4/17/10 7:55pm

No

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Donny, Community Member
4/24/10 1:29pm

The answer is NO!  The only reason people have a increase in weight is because once prescribed these type of drugs, they use it as a safety blanket.  People often feel that because they dont have to worry about high cholesterol, they often are less strict with their diet.  I have been on and off of Simvastatin 20mg for over 8 years now.  I have never once gained weight because of the drug.  I have stopped taking it, and started back up many times thinking I could control my cholesterol with diet, and excercise.  I did not gain a pound any of these times.  I have done a lot of research on this drug also, and have found NO side effects that cause weight gain.  I suggest eating better, and excercising more. 

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KSE, Community Member
4/30/10 4:45pm

I really appreciate your comments.  My husband is a post MI patient with a stent and thanks to all these self proclaimed medical professionals that have not one bit of researched based evidence substantiating their perceived state, can put anything they want on this and other internet sites to drive people to noncompliance.  I hope that people realize that health and wellness is a balance that includes an existence of medication management in addition to other lifestyle strategies.  When they are all having plaque removed and stents placed on the Cardiac Cath Lab because of their desire to be esthetically appealing, perhaps they will be another statistic that required intervention.  I would bet when clenching their chest and asking for the nitro and morphine, they will take those willingly and not care about the side effects to their figure.

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Robin, Community Member
4/30/10 11:33pm

For some of us the size of our figure is as important to our health as is lowering Cholesterol. For Diabetics gaining even small amounts of weight can be life threatning, so generalizing everyone as being vain is unfair.

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lillybet, Community Member
4/25/11 12:47pm

we're not all worried about our figures....but it's not healthy to gain so much weight after taking these pills,especially when our eating habits haven't changed.....the muscles pain and weakness is very frightening, and certainly not right...i certainly wont take any more

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Dawn, Community Member
6/10/10 11:50am

Well I didn't know about this site before, and I too am like all the others here, I put on 17 lbs after being put on this drug.  So I went on Weight Watchers, and yes I lost some weight, however way slower than one could imagine, only about 1/2 lb a week if I was lucky.  I worked very hard at it too, and still am.  When I went the first time my numbers had come down but not enough for her (Initially put on 20 mg) so my Dr. upped my meds to 40 mg, and the weight crept up even more.  So I joined weight watchers thinking i needed to have some regulation and I started to work out and eating a low fat diet.  I went back to my Dr. recently and guess what with even the 40 mg, my numbers went up again, so she upped it to 80 mg.  And with the increase in meds my weight has started to creep up again, even with being on weight watchers and now I feel worse.  So don't discount others as we don't care and we don't try to eat and do things correctly.  Just because you are one of the lucky ones that you didn't have side effects.  Before you condem them try to answer why with going on Weight Watchers, working out and eating correctly my levels increased and my weight moved upwards.  What do you suggest now since I am eating better and exercising more???   I am calling my Dr. today.

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Donny, Community Member
6/10/10 3:42pm

First of all it is unfortunate that you are gaining weight while depriving yourself of tasty food.  Could the weight gain be caused by increased muscle mass?  I have been researching this drug for some time now, and there are no proven side effects of weight gain.  I did not intend to "discount" others, I was only stating my experience's along with scientific research.  I highly recommend calling your Doctor today.  The FDA cautions against such a high dose of Simvastatin. You could also ask your Doctor about the side effects of stress, it seems you may be hyper-sensitive, and I do believe weight gain is a proven side effect of stress.  I sincerely apologize if I offended anyone with my previous post.  I would hope that if anyone finds any "proven" research relating Simvastatin to Weight Gain that they would immediately post on this thread.  In the meantime I would suggest continuing to eat a healthy, well balanced diet, and continue to exercise.  Have a great day, and please don't feel "condemed", I did not target you.

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Robin, Community Member
6/13/10 11:42pm

Different people react differently to the same meds. Just because there is not any so called "scientific research", which by the way is usually skewed to reach a particular outcome, does not mean some are not suffering from those symptoms. I am very careful about starting new meds, and keep a daily medicine diary. I never start more than one medicine at a time so that I know what reaction I have to each one. So I kow for a fct that Zocor made me gain weight. there is not a thing anyone, even so called experts, (most of whom have never taken 99% of what the perscribe)can tell me that can change that. If you are taking Zocor and are not gaining, that is GREAT, but don't spout off as if you are an expert, you only have your experience and some so called research.

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Donny, Community Member
6/14/10 6:08am

If you already know the answer, then why come to this forum?   If your not going to believe the research, or your going to argue with the experiance of others, I would recomend not wasting your time, or mine.  Have a great day. 

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Robin, Community Member
6/14/10 5:23pm

I was not arguing  with your experience, simply saying that others may have a different reaction to the meds and your saying that only your experience was valid and others were just being lax in their control was somewhat misleading. And yes I question all reasearch. I don't follow along like a little sheep just because someone with a degree tells me its so. It was my understanding that this forum was for people to discuss things, I'm sorry if I don't agree with what you are saying, if thats what you want then maybe you should have you own blog with little follower who worship your OPINION. 

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CC, Community Member
5/11/12 11:07pm

You are the exception...rather than the rule.  If weight-gain wasn't a serious side effect of taking statins...then why are sooo many on this site saying the same thing?  Just because you are one of the very few who don't gain when taking these doesn't mean the rest here are off their rocker.  Not at all.  It means that the rest here are dealing with something you were fortunate enough not to have to deal with.

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CC, Community Member
5/11/12 11:07pm

You are the exception...rather than the rule.  If weight-gain wasn't a serious side effect of taking statins...then why are sooo many on this site saying the same thing?  Just because you are one of the very few who don't gain when taking these doesn't mean the rest here are off their rocker.  Not at all.  It means that the rest here are dealing with something you were fortunate enough not to have to deal with.

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Robin, Community Member
4/30/10 11:28pm

YES it does cause weight gain. I was recently put on zocor because I'm diabetic. I eat a very healthy diet and exercise 7 days a week. I take my health very serious. I have not changed any of my eating habits and after taking Zocor for a little over 2 weeks I gained 7 lbs. Three days ago I quit taking it to see what would happen and I have already lost 3 lbs.

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onenvrnos, Community Member
5/10/10 11:41am

I posted here in March but have to share my news.  I went to a naturopathic/holistic pharmacy where the pharmacist and help there are primarily staffed by doctors and mixology pharmacists.

 

I was desperate to find an alternative to statin drugs.  The lady who helped me advised me to do a liver detox and use Chem-less to reduce cholesterol.  She promised me that I would reduce my cholesterol by half.  If she is that positive, I thought, it is worth the try.  Thirty days later, I am off the statin drugs and my cholesterol is now below 200.  I FEEL GREAT!  She told me that, often times, the liver has to be functioning correctly to rid your body of bad cholesterol/waste.  She was right.  My fingernails are now more pinkish than ever before; my skin tone has improved.  And, I HAVE BEEN LOSING WEIGHT.  Thank God there are people out there who give you a different answer besides more drugs that supposedly are not harmful to you. 

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onenvrnos, Community Member
6/18/10 10:16am

I stated Chem-less instead of Cho-less in my post.  Also, here is a link for all of you who think statins are the be all and end all:

 

http://mercola.fileburst.com/PDF/Cholesterol_SpecialReport.pdf

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Diane, Community Member
11/ 6/13 3:00am

Where do you get Cho-less?  How much is it?  & How long did it take before your cholesterol dropped, and you lost weight?  Thanks!

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JB, Community Member
8/26/13 7:06pm

Where did you get Chem-less for reducing your cholesterol? I called all the homeopathic drug stores and noone seems to know about this product. Maybe there is another name for it.

Thanks for your help. J

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donttakethatpill, Community Member
5/21/10 8:17pm

Mary, dont listen to her she is a Doctor, of course she is going to respond that way. Go here, you will be suprised to see different, as was I when I was in search of the same:

 

http://www.medications.com/se/simvastatin/weight-gain

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Sherri, Community Member
6/23/10 3:17pm

Originally I was on Zetia and developed muscle aches and joint pains. However, I thought these aches and pains were due to beginning stages of arthritis, so I did not put Zetia in the mix for the cause.  In any case, I finally did and stopped taking the Rx and very soon most of the achiness vanished. However, my LDL shot up to 194 clearing indicating I needed something. My doctor then prescribed Zorcor and 4 weeks later I am again feeling achy but even more suprisingly, I feel swollen and bloated. My clothes feel quite snug. So, in my opinion, this drug causes weight gain.

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Sherri L., Community Member
6/23/10 3:20pm

Originally I was on Zetia and developed muscle aches and joint pains. However, I thought these aches and pains were due to beginning stages of arthritis, so I did not put Zetia in the mix for the cause.  In any case, I finally did and stopped taking the Rx and very soon most of the achiness vanished. However, my LDL shot up to 194 clearing indicating I needed something. My doctor then prescribed Zorcor and 4 weeks later I am again feeling achy but even more suprisingly, I feel swollen and bloated. My clothes feel quite snug. So, in my opinion, this drug causes weight gain.

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Clare, Community Member
9/18/10 10:18pm

I've been taking Simvastatin for a month now and that is the generic to Zocor.  I definitely am feeling the weight gain and bloated feeling and I don't like it one bit.  I had taken Lipitor 5 yrs ago and started having side effects so I went off of it and now my Dr. put me on Simvastatin.  If I have alot of problems or side effects with it I will also go off of it and take my chances trying to use some natural products again.

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cmnota, Community Member
10/19/10 2:37pm

I wish I had found all your posts a month ago. I began taking Zocor two months ago and have gained 7 lbs. I hadn't changed anything else in my diet or with exercise and figured the only thing it could be was the Zocor, but wasn't absolutely sure until now. Thank you all for posting your results after using this medication.

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Gabriel, Community Member
10/22/10 2:12am

I too wish i had seen this earlier, i was put on Zocor after a heart attack back in May, since then i put on around 25 lbs that just wouldn't come off despite all my athletic activities.

When i began to suspect that this weight gain could be linked to the medication i brought it up to my doctors and they were very quick to dismiss my suspicions and actually recommended that i "stop eating so much" how about that!

Mind you my eating habits have never been what anybody would consider unhealthy, yet that's the best answer these professionals could give me.

 Interestingly enough, about a month ago i went away on vacation and had to go without my Zocor (my on-line pharmacy failed to deliver on time)

i was away for 18 days, and guess what! i dropped about 6.5 lbs.

Needless to say i won't be taking that anymore, and i told the doctor that, so now they've prescribed Crestor, i will be doing some serious research on this before i commit to this, if anyone has some good info on this drug please post it here, as this appears to be a better source of information than the 'professionals' we pay so much money for.

I wish i knew why they're so hellbent in denying the obvious, all the people in this forum sharing this same experience can't be wrong.

 

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Dave, Community Member
1/12/11 11:05am

I started Zocor in 1997 and within a year gained 30-40 lbs and have gained even more since, despite no real change in diet or excercise. Doctors have denied Zorcor is a cause. Have struggled with weigt gain all these years. So glad my wife found this site and am glad I am not alone. Now, do I stop it and take Red Rice Yeast ?

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Worried husband, Community Member
1/21/11 7:29am

My wife suffereed a T I A (Transient Ischaemic Attack...a small stroke) about 3 years ago. Her doctor put her on Simvastatin (20 Mg per day) due to its reported beneficial effect regarding the minimising of further stroke probability. Her cholesterol level is well within the advised limits. She also takes Aricept. Prior to her stroke, she was about 9 stone and a 12/14 UK dress size. In the 3 years since taking statins her weight has increased to almost 13 stones and she is now a size 18. She and I eat the same food (which I prepare), and my weight has decreased whilst hers has increased. She also has weakened muscles and is listless but that could be the long term effects of her T I A. I strongly suspect that Simvastatin is the culprit and have discontinued it as of today. What concerns me particlarly is that I don't know whether the effect is reversable!

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mcm, Community Member
1/22/11 4:20pm

I started gaining weight almost immediately after starting on 20mg/day of Simvistatin in November 2008. Everything else in my life remained the same -- same diet (very healthy), same exercise routine (very active).  It took me a long time to connect the two.  The final straw was when I dropped caloric intake to 1200 a day (still working out 4 days a week) and was gaining weight! Maybe if I had been alerted to look for weight gain as a side effect I'd have been more diligent.  Against the advice of my cardiologist because of my family history but with the cautious OK of my GP because he's skeptical of statins, I stopped the Simvistain. Within a week, I lost 3 lbs and the weight has continued to drop off. 

 

 

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fed up, Community Member
2/ 3/11 9:17pm

why did we find this site on the internet because we all typed int the same thing what drug can make you can weight and Voila, OUr answer has popped up. lI am on Cholestrol med  simavstatin aNd i too cant lose weight. I been working out for a year.  very young girl said to me today how do you do the stair stepper for that long 40 minutes.. IM 47 and always struggled with my weight but never had a belly and never this heavy. Boy do I have a whopper now!! These Docs need to go back to school!!!! Sorry guys for sounding so disrespectful but I have loss total faith. If we are all complaining about the same thing. Dont side effects get reported by the patients who take them. I believe they need to reopen the books. I dont have money do go to a naturalist so im at the mainstream of docs mercy. I have been taking supplements but next reading on my Cholesterol I making a change for sure. 

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fed up, Community Member
2/ 3/11 9:17pm

why did we find this site on the internet because we all typed int the same thing what drug can make you can weight and Voila, OUr answer has popped up. lI am on Cholestrol med  simavstatin aNd i too cant lose weight. I been working out for a year.  very young girl said to me today how do you do the stair stepper for that long 40 minutes.. IM 47 and always struggled with my weight but never had a belly and never this heavy. Boy do I have a whopper now!! These Docs need to go back to school!!!! Sorry guys for sounding so disrespectful but I have loss total faith. If we are all complaining about the same thing. Dont side effects get reported by the patients who take them. I believe they need to reopen the books. I dont have money do go to a naturalist so im at the mainstream of docs mercy. I have been taking supplements but next reading on my Cholesterol I making a change for sure. 

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Catpower1, Community Member
2/10/11 1:27pm

I went on Simvastatin in April of last year and have gained 28 pounds without changing my eating habits.  The only way I could get the scale to move (and only a pound) was to work out for an hour a day, every day.    I never made the connection to this drug until now.  I'm SO glad I checked!  There has got to be a better way because I have never had this kind of belly fat and have only weighed this much when I was pregnant. 

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Beth, Community Member
2/16/11 10:14am

Oh my!  I have been on Simvistatin for like 3 years and have put on almost 20 lbs.  I thought it was because i was getting older, but i remember 11 lbs. almost immediately gaining over 3 weeks.  I thought it was because it was November and December holidays and I was being bad with my eating.  I have always been an exerciser, and since the weight gain even added running and yogo but it will not budge!!  I am going to check into going on something else to see if the weight comes off. 

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spiritmom, Community Member
2/19/11 3:39pm

Wow!  I am really glad to have found this.  I was sure that one of my meds was causing weight gain but my doctor also told me I was just eating too much.  I was put on zocor - now simvastatin - in October 2006 - boom - gained 20 pounds in just a couple of months.   Thank you all for posting your experiences with this.  I am going to try cho-less and just bought COQ10 and am stopping the simvastatin. 

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j breaux, Community Member
2/20/11 7:33am

can zocor make you eat more

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Patty, Community Member
3/ 8/11 10:35pm

I found this site last Sunday after experiencing weight gain, skin reactions and some depression.  I went to the doctor today and found out that a person can be allergic to statins.  This can cause more side effects than are listed in the paper work.  My doctor's mother experienced similar problems to mine and to all of you.  Stopped Zocor today.  I will wait a few weeks and then revisit the doctor to discuss alternatives.  Thank you to all of you for posting your problems.  I thought that I was just going nuts alone!  Check with you doctor!

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Eduamk, Community Member
3/22/11 1:01am

My husband was put on Simvastatin (40mg) 6 days ago - he has picked up 8 pounds.  He was losing weight slowly but steadily before the Simvastatin.  The 8 pounds weight gain is so noticeable (and in such short time) so we suspected the medication as the cause anyway. Thank goodness I found this website. His face looks swollen and his belly is noticeably bigger. He is calling his doctor tomorrow. Good luck to all.

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lucky1s, Community Member
4/ 6/11 7:09pm

I quit taking this drug yesterday. I was on a diet all last year and lost about 26 pounds. Since starting this drug I have gained almost all of it back, all the while still on a diet.

 

I too am very blaoted around the middle.

 

My liver count has gone way up but supposedly was a risk worth taking due to my high cholesteral.

 

I am 44 and my father died at 60 from heart disease.

 

I am confident that my liver is not functioning properly based on the way I am gaining.

 

It almost feels like my body is holding onto liquid and my belly is big and hard.

 

I am going to try all the natural remedies like oatmeal etc and try to get this down on my own.

 

Not to mention all the weird side effects that appeared. Those I could have put up with but the weight gain could kill me.

 

 

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lucky1s, Community Member
4/ 6/11 7:50pm

I am a a little nervous about taoppingcold turkey. I have read that it could be dangerous.

 

I have only been on them for 4.5 months.

 

I took them once in the past and was removed by my doctor when my liver count shot up and didnt have any problem.

 

I dont know what to do.

 

I had to cancel my insurance this month and dont have anyone to call.

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lucky1s, Community Member
4/ 8/11 10:45am

Note-I skipped one day then went to a half a dose per day and dropped 2.5 pounds in 3 days with the same pattern of diet.

 

My Dr. totally blew me off when I brought this up.

 

So even though I pay a thousand bucks a month to be insluted I have to go find a different dr. with no coverage and try and get this scrip changed.

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lucky1s, Community Member
4/ 9/11 11:46am

Day four, still taking half a dose and lost another pound.

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Pam, Community Member
6/ 4/11 6:07pm

In my case I'm 100% positive that it did cause weight gain and no one will make me think any different. I am only hoping that Now that I have come off this tablet I will begin to lose the weight.

 

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Auntie AB, Community Member
6/ 5/11 2:55pm

Omigosh!  I am so happy to find this webpage! And YES!!!! I gained over 40 lbs in the 6 months I had been on 40 mg of Lovastatin (PLUS experienced muscle aches, joint pains and extreme tiredness!)!  What was the straw that broke the camel's back?!  I took MYSELF off of this horrendous drug when I noticed back pain in my upper right quadrant of my back AND an awful tingling numbness in the front where my LIVER is located!  So now I am off of this terrible drug now 3 days and I already feel a great deal better!

 

Some background...I am 54 years young and am a complete VEGAN for over 10 years!  75% of my diet even consists of raw, organic food...my doctor put me on Lovastatin because my LDL was a "bit" too high for him (121).  So for 6 months the LDL inched down to 115 but no lower.  AND I had to put up with this horrid weight gain, muscle achiness, joint pain AND tiredness.  I walk 20 minutes a day and do 30 minutes of water yoga in my pool.  I have 2 of my own contracting businesses AND manage our backyard animal sanctuary.  So I am active, active, active and get plenty of exercise. 

 

So my doctor will not be happy but that is just TOO BAD.  I am no stupid person, either...I have a Master's Degree in Education and a decades-long background in science...I even taught science at a local high school.  Enough is enough!  This is a dangerous drug, it needs to be taken OFF of the shelves AND we need to get a class-action lawsuit going for this monster of a pharmaceutical!

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missangelabootcamp, Community Member
6/30/11 1:53pm

This is wonderful information.  I started this medicine 4 months ago today and have gained about 8/10 lbs.  BUT... before I started this medicine I had lost over 50lbs on weight watchers.   As soon as I started this medicine I've gained and can NOT get a pound off.  I too exercise 4-6 days a week and was blaming weight watchers (ya know, blame anyone you can. hehe)... 

But... about a month ago I started swelling something awful and now I wake up with my hands so swollen I can't move them hardly, now the swelling is in my face, legs and feet.

I am giving myself a week or two off the drug to see if the swelling stops, I really don't know what is the best thing to do.  My cholesterol was 494 and now down to 217 in four months so that's much better.

And I do have problems in my family with heart trouble.  So it's darned if you do and darned if you don't.... What's a girl to do when trying so hard to lose weight.  Then Monday my Dr. says my potassium is really high and my sugar was low... NOW this is getting CRAZY....  I think the drug is causing more troubles than helping but of course I can't live with 494 cholesterol level either...

But I have about 32 pounds to go to make my goal weight and I'll never do it on this drug.  I only have one kidney too, so this is very dangerous with all the swelling... HELP>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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Diane, Community Member
11/ 6/13 3:10am

Agreed!  Nasty drug!!  Many people are not happy with it here on this blog site!  Mass weight gain, with the constant denial of weight gain?? Why is that?  I would think a good cholesterol medication would also address weight in general, not cause excess weight gain!\

Something is WRONG with this.

Seriously Wrong!!

Diane

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Joe, Community Member
7/ 2/11 1:59pm

I was on Crestor for several years and started on generic Zocor about two months ago due to a change in insurance (my new insurance would not cover brand name drugs without trying a generic first).  I am 39, my cholesterol problem is genetic (from both sides of the family), watch what I eat, exercise 4 or 5 times a week, and never gained an ounce on Crestor.  In two months I have gained 13 pounds on Zocor with NO changes to lifestyle (I've actually been working out more because of the weight gain, I can't get an ounce to come off).  In the past I gained over 50 pounds from being on anti-depressents and know what what drug induced weight gain looks like.  Zocor can definitely cause weight gain for some people.  I have an appointment with my doctor next week to discuss going back on Crestor. 

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Gail, Community Member
7/ 8/11 2:58pm

I don't know what took me so long to look this up; but I'm so glad that I did.  First of all, I noticed all the 'answers' from "doctors" were sticking by their guns and refuse to blame the drug for any weight gain, instead blaming the patient for their lifestyle or eating habits.  To them I say shame on you ... Next, I knew it had to more than aging that was doing this horrible thing to my Size 2 body that I've had forever; even after childbirth, I went back to my normal size.  I eat healthy, I exercise; but still the weight just kept making me more and more depressed.  Lately, I started to notice even my face looks fat!!!  I am so off of Simvastatin (20mg); I believe what mosts of these posts have clearly pointed out; we know our own bodies and doctors are making profits by pushing pharmacy medications at us.  A few months ago, I went into my doctor's office and was in tears how depressed I have become over my weight gain.  He gave me every test possible; told me I'm now the weight of a "normal person" and wanted me to take an anti-depressant!!!  I could not believe what I was hearing.  Everyone has a weight they are comfortable with; and if Size 4's are not tight on me; what's the point of buying clothes.  I'm going to try the Cho-less and do it "my way".

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Kathy, Community Member
8/ 9/11 5:37pm

After 2 falls, 3 doctors, the last being a female rhuematologist, they finally decided the Simvastatin that the endocrinologist put me on must be causing the muscle problems I am experiencing.  Elevated LFTs are also concerning...I know I'm not crazy now, I knew this nasty weight gain of 50 lbs. over the past 16 months wasn't me...I'm so glad I found all of you....I'm not a depressed, neurotic female...and it took a female doc with some guts to take on the male docs over this one!!!!!

 

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mssnurse21@gmial, Community Member
8/23/11 8:07am

I am a nurse and can tell you first hand that statins do in fact cause weight gain with many patients, of which I am one.  There are alternatives.  After suffering a hemorraphegic stroke due to a capillary bleed my nuerologist placed me on Zocor.  My cholesterol was 289.  Yet when they performed tests there wasn't any plaque in my arteries!  He did not notice that my good cholesterol was also high.   I gained about 26 pounds within three months while on Zocor and had similar results several years ago while on Lipitor!  I am also Type II diabetic so the weight gain was very dangerous to me...much more so than high cholesterol!  During three months my cholesterol only came down 30 points to 259  while taking this medication. My heart and arteries were checked and tests were run incuding ultra sounds etc. They are in fantastic shape.  My Primary Physician is wonderful and after three months with the weight gain she took me off the ZOCOR.  This was my third expereince with the cholesterol drugs.  I have always had adverse effects with them.  She placed me on 1 Red Grapefruit per day and 1000 mg Niacin and B-Complex Vitamins...Within three months I began to drop the weight gradually and have now gotten off 12 pounds of the excess weight.  It has been much harder and slower to get it off than it was to gain it.  My cholesterol was only 1 point above the normal range after taking the niacin and the B-Complex Vitamins and eating the grapefruit !!!   Both my fiance' and I have observed and watched the results carefully and can honnestly state that the grapefruit, niacin and the B-Complex vitamins do in fact work and they are a much healthier alternative.  Just remember to always take vitamins with protein (yogurt or lowfat milk works) or your body cannot absorb them properly. Cholesterol is produced in the liver.  B-Complex vitamins help the liver to function and they give you energy.   Check with your physician before adding any of these products as they may interact with  other medications. 

 

Good luck...and Blessings...Mary

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bronxsmama, Community Member
8/24/11 9:12am

Thank you so much Mary for the info.  I will be asking my doc. about niacin and the B-Complex Vitamins and eating the grapefruit.

Again, Thanks

Janet (bronxsmama)

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Susan, Community Member
8/30/11 7:45pm
I started taking zocor 40 days ago and have gained 15 lbs.!!! The first thing I noticed was my arms, shoulders and chest bloating up. All my shirts became too tight for me. Until now I literally look about 4 1/2-5 months pregnant!! I feel absolutely disgusted with myself. I can't fit any of my clothes without looking disgusting and even my pj's look terrible! I crave food like I'm an addict. I also noticed that I'm much more irritable. I already have anxiety issues so I really don't need the added moodiness! I'm going off it abd that's all I can do. I will look into natural alternatives, start exercise and diet. No one in my family has this other than my grandmother who has strange triglyceride levels, not sure if that's related. Really I can't deal with the weight gain. No need to waste my time even telling my dr. They told me lipitor doesn't cause muscle pain but only after prolonged use of it. But I took lipitor for 4 days and could hardly walk. I felt like I hard arthritis in my entire body. The dr's refused to believe me so I salvaged the lipitor on my own. Guess that's what I have to do with the zocor as well. But what concerns me is I was having moderate chest pains before taking zocor and that has stopped. My cholesterol level is nearly 300 and at leadt 75% of it is the bad type. At one point in time I was on a very strict exercise and diet regime and got my cholesterol down to about 200 without any statins. But due to an extremely busy lifestyle, not time to exercise and eating on the run a lot, my levels went back up again which is why I started the zocor. But really looks like I have to get back into exercising and eating healthy again. Sometimes I feel I hate dr's :( Reply
Nanny, Community Member
9/ 6/11 12:16pm

LaughingI have been taking Zocor and it has made me loose weight.

I am holding my breath I keep loosing.

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Cindy, Community Member
1/26/12 3:30pm

Do you have a job on your feet all day?  Makes me wonder.  My husband is on lipitor and he is as skinny as a rail!

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barb, Community Member
9/14/11 11:23am

I went on Simvastatin

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barb, Community Member
9/14/11 11:27am

I went on Simvastatin and had no problems.  Cholesterol went down nicely.  Got lazy.  Became very casual with its use.  Then went back seriously and guess what.....  After two weeks - one pound per day, every day - I've never weigh this much in my life.  I've changed nothing about my eating habits.  Have actually gone from working out 5 times a week to 6 times.  Nothing else has changed but there it is - every morning - one additional full pound!  So I am walking proof to the skeptics - not only does your lack of weight gain disprove those of us who've had that problem but I'm proof that taking it at different times can have different effects!

 

Off to see the doctor this morning and know what she'll say.  But I'm junking this stuff.  Yes, mine is probably hereditary and medication is the only way but I'm sure going to give it a try otherwise first.

 

I've never felt this awful!

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Jomie, Community Member
10/10/11 7:18pm

Good luck!  I just met with my endocronologist and he told me that the weight gain has absolutely nothing to do with the Simvastatin - so how does that explain the pound I gain every month since starting the drug?  Glad that I'm not the only one experiencing the weight gain, but looking for a way to stop the gain and start to lose.  

 

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Pam, Community Member
11/10/11 2:51pm

I'v been off Simvestatin about 6 months now I feel so much better I gained over 40lb while I was on it for the 2 years. Five months after coming off the drug I had not lost any weight but had not put anymore on either then in the last month I have lost 3lb so I'm hoping that maybe there is light at the end of this long dark horrid tunnel. Even if I can lose 2 or 3lb a month I will be happy with that. I'm never going back on them, ever, I'd rather take my chances with mother nature.

Good luck everyone.

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maggie, Community Member
12/ 5/11 5:46pm

Well now I know I'm not crazy! I am amazed to read about so many weight gain complaints taking zocor/simvistatin. I started taking this about 4 mos ago and have gained about 10 lbs. I have tried exersize and lighter meals but no luck. I'm thinking about quitting the drug before it escalates. What upsets me the most is that my Dr and most all others will not listen or believe. But I must say, I have experienced many times a male doc not listening to his female patient. I'd also like to mention that statin drugs are the absolute biggest $$$ makers for the drug companies.

 

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melissa1970, Community Member
1/10/12 11:45am

I have been on Zocor (generic) for many years and my weight has stayed right around 150 - I am 5'5", a little high but ok. I switched to Lipitor about 6 weeks ago and I have gained over 12 pounds. I took 3 pregnancy tests thinking that could be possible - negative. Every morning for the last week or so I have seen the scale go up by another pound. I started working out 6 days a week and really watching what I eat and it hasn't helped. I've already went up one size and nothing fits anymore. Most gain is in the lower tummy area and love handles - I didn't have love handles before this. I am stopping this madness tonight and will start back on the Zocor after a few weeks if I lose some of this weight.

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Cindy, Community Member
1/26/12 3:27pm

OMG.... I so wish I knew or researched better about Simvastatin.  I have also gained almost 30 lbs in 5 years but the most was after I was raised to 20mg.  I have an appointment in three weeks to go over my blood results.  But I am now seriously considering going back to eating VERY healthy and excersing more.  I walk and jog about two miles a day and very active other than sitting at my desk.  I am not on hormones at 55 but worry that this med had messed up other functions.  I do know that I am very uncomfortable, cannot fit in any of my clothes and get bloated very easily.  I do not eat chips, ice cream, pasta, potatoes and live basically on a mediterrean diet.  Good luck everybody.

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Dee, Community Member
2/21/12 10:55am

Since starting taking Simvestatin I have gained weight and my stomach was hard and bloated. Soooo, I decided to test myself. 6 months ago I stopped taking the tablets, almost immediately I noticed that my stomach had reduced and I felt better in myself ( I wasnt as sluggish and seemed to have more energy)

 

I then started taking the tablets again for another 6 months after which time I stopped again. Well... the same thing happened, my stomach isn't as hard and swollen. I dont know about the weight gain yet as its early days, but I definately noticed a difference in my stomach! 

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Mrs. D, Community Member
3/20/12 9:18pm

I have been taking simvastatin 20 mg for about one year.  My weight gain has been significant.  I have been eating correctly, walking (4) miles per day and nothing seems to help. In addition, I have bloating issues and my Dr. says its not the medication.  What is going on with these doctors and the medications they are handing out?

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RC-tim, Community Member
4/ 8/12 5:18pm

I was talking with my wife re: my weight gain over the several years that I have been on Statin drugs.  First started with Lipitor and then to simvastisan when Lipitor became too $$$.  I have a reasonable exercise program and during the month of March we are in Palm Springs were I hike for 2 1/2 hours/day 6 days/week.  I eat healty food (mostly organic and low fat) and drink about 12 oz. of red wine/day.  That has been a regular regimine for the past 10 years.  But each year, my weight continues to increase.  I am now 71 and find it difficult to fit into any of my pants.  If I was a couch spud, I could accept that.  I feel bloated much of the time.  I guess my story mirrors the others that I have been reading on this thread.  I know what my doc would say.....do not stop the meds.  So, if I do and lower my weight, my cholestrol # should go down as well, right?  This sounds like a vicious circle.  Well, I am stopping my meds. starting tomorrow.  I will continue to take my Slo-Niacin with a baby aspirin at night.

I will monitor this and see where I am in a month or two.

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RC-tim, Community Member
4/ 8/12 5:18pm

I was talking with my wife re: my weight gain over the several years that I have been on Statin drugs.  First started with Lipitor and then to simvastisan when Lipitor became too $$$.  I have a reasonable exercise program and during the month of March we are in Palm Springs were I hike for 2 1/2 hours/day 6 days/week.  I eat healty food (mostly organic and low fat) and drink about 12 oz. of red wine/day.  That has been a regular regimine for the past 10 years.  But each year, my weight continues to increase.  I am now 71 and find it difficult to fit into any of my pants.  If I was a couch spud, I could accept that.  I feel bloated much of the time.  I guess my story mirrors the others that I have been reading on this thread.  I know what my doc would say.....do not stop the meds.  So, if I do and lower my weight, my cholestrol # should go down as well, right?  This sounds like a vicious circle.  Well, I am stopping my meds. starting tomorrow.  I will continue to take my Slo-Niacin with a baby aspirin at night.

I will monitor this and see where I am in a month or two.

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cindy, Community Member
4/11/12 5:24pm

After being put on only 20 mg of generic Zocor, I gained 10 pounds in a very short time period.  I also became so sore and stiff that I didn't want to even climb a flight of stairs anymore.  I am a physically fit person, daily treadmiller, good diet, yet a sudden weight gain and soreness that I could no longer ignore.  I quit my medication last week.  My mind is no longer foggy, stiffness and soreness is gone.  Now I'm waiting for the weight to come off!  I'm so glad for this web page.  I didn't make the correlation between weight gain and statins because it didn't mention it in the instructions from the pharmacy.  Now I know.

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Teri, Community Member
4/28/12 1:33pm

this drug absolutely makes you gain weight. I got off it lost 8 pounds the first week I have lost a total of 20 pounds. I am now on crestor and my cholesterol is better than ever.

 

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Teri, Community Member
4/28/12 1:33pm

this drug absolutely makes you gain weight. I got off it lost 8 pounds the first week I have lost a total of 20 pounds. I am now on crestor and my cholesterol is better than ever.

 

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Evan, Community Member
5/30/12 2:32pm

I have been taking simvastatin for two years, after switching from lovastatin due to muscle pain at night caused by the latter.

 

While taking simvastatin, I have continued to lose weight (+/- 30 lbs). However, after researching statins, and experiencing increasing nightmares, early morning depression and increasing sleep disruption over the past year, I decided to recently try Lipitor. Now THAT is a statin where 2% of those taking it experience weight gain, and I will monitor this aspect carefully. Frankly, I'd rather gain a little weight with Lipitor than remain on simvastatin with less weight but extreme nighttime sleep difficulties.

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AskAndy, Community Member
7/11/12 11:11pm
I am a 47 year old "former athelete" who has let himself go and held on to excuses and some health issues too long. I promised my wife I would take better care of myself so I started to exercise regularly once agin. I was diagnosed with high bad cholesterol and very low good cholesterol so I began taking simvastatin for the last 4 months. It lowered my cholesterol but gave me muscle and joint pain in return. I was unsure of this at first but went off it for a little over a week and I felt much better but then went back on and the problem returned. I have been exercising at least three times a week prior to taking the statin and had been steadily losing weight. I was happy with the progress and maintained the same diet and exercise levels until 5 days ago. When I got on the scale I saw the most ridiculous number on the scale and thought it was broken. I have been very stable in my weight, 275 - 286 pounds over the last 10 years so there is no way the scale should spin past 300. It had to be wrong. I got another scale and it did the same. I was pissed off and a bit depressed. I immediately stopped taken the simvastatin. I also got motivated in my anger and ordered another scale that touted it's high level of accuracy. While awaiting it's delivery I cut my caloric intake to between 1700 - 2100. Increasing greatly my intake of raw veggies and fruits. I also amped up my exercise routine to burn between 400 - 650 calories a day. Agressive, I know. My new scale arrived tonight I wanted to wait until morning to be more accurate but my wife pushed me to weigh myself. After just 5 days I have dropped 15 pounds already! Thanks for the motivation boost Simvastatin! Reply
frydry, Community Member
7/24/12 11:44pm

I was told by my cardiologist to take Lipitor as a preventive since I was diabetic and I was older.  The common wisdom the cardiologist was using was that since I was over 65 and diabetic that I should start a statin even though my numbers were very good.  Within 3 weeks of starting the Lipitor, I gained 25 pounds without changing my diet.  When I brought this to the attention of my cardiologist and GP, they told me that I must have changed how I was eating and besides there was NO mention of this kind of a problem reported.  I told them to report it and was told in no uncertain terms that they would not.  I told them that I wanted to stop the Lipitor and they said, "No."  I did quit anyway and have lost that weight.  Sometimes they do not listen.  Listen doctors.  You're not all knowing.

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Mike, Community Member
10/16/12 8:29pm

I was in the low 200 lb range since my mid 40's.  I had at least one heart attack and a stroke in Aug. 2010. Since then one of my meds is simvastatin 20 mg. I have increasingly put on weight. At 59 I am now at 245.

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kauaigirl78, Community Member
10/20/12 11:20pm

what cholesterol pills will not make you gain weight?

 

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SnowAngel, Community Member
12/22/12 5:14am
I have had Type2 diabetes for 27 years, always weighed between 105/110 lbs and I'm 5'1". I have has 3 children and returned to by prepregnant weight within 2-3 weeks of delivery, even with the last being by c-section. I started taking Zocor about 2 years ago because my LDL's were slightly elevated. I am primarily a vegetarian and exercise 3-5 days a week. I now weigh 156lbs and it doesn't matter how much I exercise or cut calories, I can't lose weight but steadily gain it. Now my muscles are hurting so bad that I can barely walk and due to the weight gain my blood pressure has gone up as well as my sugar. My A1C was always below 6 usually 5.4 and now it is 6.5. After reading everyone's posts, I am stopping the Zocor tonight! I will let everyone know how it goes. Reply
SnowAngel, Community Member
12/22/12 5:38am
I need to add that my doctor has tested my thyroid function, adrenal function, checked for inflammatory disorder and rheumatoid arthritist, and all tests came back normal. An ultrasound of my liver shows I am in the beginning stage of having fatty liver issues. My doctor said the fatty liver issue and blood pressure issue would go away if I lose the weight, catch 29, the Zocor is causing it!!! I am 45 and when people meet me in person, they usually guess my age between 25-30. I take very good care of myself, drink lots of water and tea with no sugar, eat health and always wear sunscreen. I have to get this weight off to maintain my diabetes control and lower my blood pressure (which before the weight gain was normally 95/65 and now without meds is 145/95. Donny, you are full of it. You can't base everyone else's weight gain by your own lack of weight gain, that's not scientific!!! I am a scientist, have a PhD in genetics. You don't know what your taking about! One thing I learned during my studies is how drug companies falsify information so they can pass FDA standards! It is not hard to manipulate tests in your favor! Reply
Mooze, Community Member
7/11/13 6:30pm

I've been on 40mg Simvistatin for 4 months and that combined with a calorie controlled diet and excerise, well, walking and swimming is about all i can manage with the muscle pain but i've managed to lose 25lbs, not gain weight. You are what you eat, that is a true fact. 

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By mary, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/27/14, First Published: 05/09/08