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Abnormal cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL and LDL. Have eluting stent inserted. On lipitor. Dosage be reduced?

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I have 2 drug eluting stent put in last november.I am on lipitor 40 mg my total cholestrol is 2.40 ,LDL is.95,HDL is1.10,Triglyciride is .75.I have very bad side effect like numbness and tingling in feet and thigh,insomnia,backache,Weight loss.feeling tired.
can lipitor be replaced with other non statin drug.can dose be reduced and will it ease the sideeffects
Tue, 18 Jun 2013
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Hello,
Thanks for the query to H.C.M. Forum.
Side effects of lipid lowering agents are as ,
Joint pain,
Myopathy ( muscle pain),
vertigo,
tremor,
insomnia,
heartburn,
nausea,
pruritus,
blurred vision.
As these symptoms draw back of most potent drug.
As there are stents in heart so consult treating physician ( cardiologist ) and take his opinion.
In my opinion you should not change medicine without his consent.
Good luck.
Dr. HET
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