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Saturday, March 21, 2009 LEB, Community Member, asks

Q: do all cholesterol lowering drugs cause muscle pain?

in the past i have tried three different cholesterol lowering drugs and each one have caused my muscle to hurt, to the point of putting me down makeing me feel as though I have the flu that never goes away.

is any of these drugs that will help without the pain?

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CHKFL, Community Member
1/26/13 5:25pm

Some people seem to have trouble with muscle pain no matter which cholesterol medicine they take--and I am one of them.


I have found that taking a high dose of Co-Q10 every day helps somewhat (I take 200 mg a day). ALSO, the latest medication my doctor prescribed is Livalo--a fairly new drug and not available in generic form. I started out with a 2mg dose of Livalo once a day and after a month the pains came back but my liver enzymes were fine (not the case with the other statins). So I was switched to a 1mg dose with the same result but not as much pain. Now I am taking 1 mg of Livalo every other day and the muscle aches are still there but minor compared to what they were before. When the aches bother me too much, I stop taking the Livalo for a week to give my body a rest and then start all over.


My doctor has given his blessing to this routine and is pleased with the result--my total cholesterol is about 180. Without medication it was as high at 310.


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By LEB, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/26/13, First Published: 03/21/09