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Statins - a good or bad thing ?

  flycatcher1 20:20 27 Oct 2014

I have been asked to make an appointment to see my Doctor to discuss the prescribing of Statins.

I have read of many side affects and Doctors with valued opinions appear to dismiss there use except in extreme situations. eg after a heart attack or when Cholesterol are extremely high. These factors do not apply to me my Ch. reading is 4.9.

Any advice or information on the subject would be appreciated ?

  flycatcher1 22:23 14 Nov 2014

morddwyd. I have never been one for sticking to the rules so I should be OK. My research has indicated that severe side effects are rare but, when they do occur, can be very nasty.

  mrwoowoo 00:14 15 Nov 2014

Been on atorvastatin for 9 years after a heart bypass. Suffered from muscle weakness, aching muscles as well as an aching back, and spasms. So much so that after a night shift I would take almost an hour to settle in bed due to my aching lower back muscle problems. I was going to stop taking them, but a year ago I cut down from one 20mg tablet a day to taking it every other day. Whithin 2 weeks the difference was night, and day. Now, after A night shift I can settle down straight away. I was also having a fair bit of time off work each year due to back muscle pulls/spasms, but have not had any time off in a year.

  spuds 11:27 15 Nov 2014


A very fair comment, something that I will be taking up shortly with my GP and consultant. My daily statin intake was reduced a short time ago, but so far I see no evidence that change as made any difference. I was on prescribed pain killers, but due to a stomach problem, this medication was discontinued to a lesser form of pain killer which just isn't working.

I am still of the opinion that mixing various medication, can bring more surprises than actual help in some cases.

  wee eddie 16:11 15 Nov 2014

I've now been on Simvastatin for almost a month.

No side effects to report.

  mrwoowoo 23:12 15 Nov 2014


As I said, I take one 20 mg tablet every other day. I don't know if that has the same effect as taking one 10 mg tablet each day or not. Also, does it stop it doing it's job totally by missing a day? I have no idea, and don't really care as I feel much better. My Cholesterol level was below 5 to start with, and since there are varied opinions to the pros and cons of statins I'll stay as I am.

  namtas 23:31 15 Nov 2014

I have no idea,but I am told that they should be taken in the late evening

  flycatcher1 21:11 16 Nov 2014

My instructions say that the medication can be taken at any time during the day but the Dr. prescribes one at night. Smallest pills I have ever seen but little is often good.

  wee eddie 00:14 17 Nov 2014

My Doctor said, "just before bed"

  BT 07:53 17 Nov 2014

I am told that they should be taken in the late evening

The reason is that your body produces most Cholesterol during the night


  morddwyd 08:30 17 Nov 2014

If you get them in the cardiac ward you get them last thing at night.

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