8/20/07 #5 - Headaches caused by Lovastatin?

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    I am 40 years old and have been pretty much headache free my entire life. I started using statin drugs about 2 years ago and switched to Lovastatin about a year ago. Since those times I have had some intense headaches when I work out really hard. I recently have had my dosage of Lovastatin upped to 40 mg and it seems like I have constant headaches. I spoke to my doctor about the headaches but he did not seem concerned or interested in them. In looking at the internet, it appears headaches are a possible side effect with Lovastatin. Have you found this to be the case? Would you assume the headaches are more than likely caused by Lovastatin? Thank you in advance for your assistance, Del.

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    Dear Del;


    I have heard of this on exactly one occasion. But, it was in a headache patient whose headaches increased after being put on a statin. I don't remember which one. Ask your doctor to change within the family of statins; perhaps that'll do the trick to reduce headaches.


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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: August 20, 2007