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?
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.