Stop taking lipitor?

 Category: Lipitor

Questions and Answers

can a person stop taking Lipitor slowly without bad effects?

If it is tapered off very slowly ,can it cause heart or blood vessel damage?

I would have to question why you want to stop. Lipitor, as you already know, is for high cholesterol. If you were to stop it, your cholesterol would rise and put you at risk for fat build up and possible heart attack. I would discuss it with your doctor and, if the reason you want to stop is bad side effects, maybe your doctor can find an aternative medicine for you to take. Stopping any medicine without talking to your doc first is never a good idea. Good luck.

Can I ever stop taking Lipitor?

I have heard thet once you begin taking Lipitor you CANNOT stop taking it.
Is this correct?

My total cholesterol was 232 a year ago, and once my doctor started talking about statins, I worked my butt off to lower it on my own. Get off that crap as fast as you can. The drug companies (and some doctors) are the ones perpetuating the myth that you need to take it indefinitely. Sure, if you want to be a lazy slob the rest of your life (like I was), then you'll probably need to keep taking it. If not, try this:

1. Eat oatmeal and/or cheerios every day.

2. Buy a bag of ground flax seed and take 2 table spoons per day (mix with OJ, smoothie, milk, or whatever).

3. Start counting the total fat grams in the food you eat. Try to stay under 40 grams per day.

4. Exercise.

In the last year, I lowered my cholesterol by 11 points. That may not seem like much, but considering that it had been going up about 20 points per year, that's pretty significant.

Can I stop taking Lisinopril and Lipitor if I eat right and exercise?

NOTE: I am a diabetic 1 and on an insulin pump. I really want to stop taking so many meds and I was wondering if I eat well, can I stop taking them.

Lisinopril is for high blood pressure and Lipitor is for high cholesterol.

ask your personal doctor, he/she is the only person who can safely answer that sorry hate to say the one thing you didn't want to hear

Should I stop taking Lipitor?

I;ve been taking it for the past one and a half years. My cholestrol is down to 160 and has remained there for a year. I think I should stop because it may be causing low testosterone level.

The first question is, have you changed your eating habits to help bring down your cholesterol? If you are relying only on Lipitor for cholesterol control, don't stop taking it.

Second, have you actually had your testosterone level tested? If not, don't stop Lipitor.

And if that is the only side effect you are having, I would argue it is worth continuing the Lipitor.

If your testosterone levels are depressed and you don't want to take testosterone, ask your doctor about reducing the Lipitor dose, and see if it has an effect on your cholesterol and your testosterone.

How long does it take lipitor to leave the body once you stop taking it?

Months... but if your in pain in your muscles system you need to take chelates of calcium, magnesium and potassium, and work on liver health.

what will happen if you stop taking lipitor?

I do have the leg pain and muscle pain when I took lipitor so I have to switch to Niaspan to lower my Cholesterol instead of statin, because, I cannot tolerated statins drug.

After I took off the Lipitor, my muscle pain gone away but my Cholesterol come back.

I have tried 4 kinds of Lower Cholesterol drug, but I kept being very sick, so you do need to monitor your liver and muscle enzyme (blood test).

Is it advisable to stop eating grapefruit if taking Lipitor?

YES THAT IS WHAT I WAS TOLD BY MY DOCTOR

i am taking lipitor and my cholesterol count is 190, can i stop taking it?

Blood cholesterol levels are made up of two major components, the dangerous low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL - bad cholesterol) and protective high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL - good cholesterol).



A total cholesterol count of 190 is good as it's below 200. However, the indexes of HDL and LDL are the variables to be considered here. If you're on Lipitor and your choesterol count is 190; it means that the drug is effective.

A diet, composed of a variety of cholesterol friendly foods could be as effective as statin drugs in lowering bad cholesterol and triglycerides levels, according to a recent study .These recipes use ingredients that are high in soluble fiber, beta caroteine, potassium, calcium, etc.


Eventually, you might be able to get off this anticholesterol drug ( it causes some liver damage) with diet intervention. once you reached nomal levels of cholesteol.

The main function of HDL is to help soak up excess cholesterol from the walls of blood vessels and carry it to the liver, where it breaks down and is removed from the body in the bile. Normal ranges of HDL is 45-65mgm.

It is critical to know not only one’s total cholesterol (or the blood level of LDL - bad cholesterol), but also the ratio of cholesterol (or LDL) to HDL. If the cholesterol to HDL ratio is 4 or less, that indicates a lessened risk of heart attack. If it is greater than 6, the risk of heart attack is above average. Even if it is 5 or above, you should be paying attention and doing something about it, especially if you have other risk factor for heart attack (high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, strong family history).

LDL - less than 130 milligrams (mg)
HDL - greater than 35 mg (less than 35 mg puts you at higher risk for heart disease)
Total cholesterol < 200 mgm.

Elevated cholesterol is a risk for many Americans for heart attacks and CAD.(Coronary heart disease) . Consider these statistics:

About 100 million American adults have total cholesterol levels of 200 or higher, which is considered borderline - high risk.
Approximately 34.5 million adults in the US population have blood cholesterol levels greater than 240, which is considered high risk.


Elevated triglyceride levels may be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, kidney disease, or liver disease. Dietary causes of elevated triglyceride levels may include obesity and high intakes of fat, alcohol, and concentrated sweets.

A healthy triglyceride level is less than 150 mg.

For those taking Lipitor with Acid Reflux Disease?

Have you found that taking Lipitor has made your acid reflux worse? My hubby is trying to figure out when his reflux got worse and thinks it is when Lipitor was added to his regimen. He has stopped taking it to see if this helps. He did have a EGD that found nothing out of the ordinary.

Well for some people, different factors trigger something to make acid reflux work. I would keep a record of the different reactions that you have that triggers acid reflux. All is different for different people and you probably know all that stuff about spicy foods and chocolate and stuff.

but.. I found a site:

"Lipitor - can cause dyspepsia (of which GERD is a possible cause) in 1 to 3% of cases."

-Kevin Pho, MD (http://www.medhelp.org/forums/gastro/mes…

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