Are Statin Drugs Safe?

Are statin drugs safe to consume?

Many people swallow statin drugs daily and physically fine.

For some of us those statins wreak havoc on our bodies. They aren’t safe.

Remember the posts I wrote about Zumba and Essentrics?

I started those classes about the same time I began taking Pravistatin. I thought the working out was causing my muscles to ache.  I asked others in the class if they were hurting too. They were sore but not as much, they were also a lot younger.

In Feburary, I still hurt but it was worth the pain since I was getting in shape. One day in class my trainer said my hands and arms were purple and my face was white–not to mention I had trouble breathing. She told me not to return to class until I saw a doctor.


Medicine bottles © by faungg


This is my story of Pravastatin.

Pravastatin was my last hope of taking something to reduce my cholesterol.

It did just that, knocked that number way down. While doing its job of cleaning plaque from my veins it also did this:
Killed my will to move, I slept 14-18 hours a day.
Breathing was difficult. I needed to use an inhaler and I don’t have asthma.
Any kind of exertion and my blood pressure would plummet and I’d almost pass out.

Then there was the short-term memory loss. If I were 80, my family would have put me in assisted living. Yes, it was that bad.

I was sent to a cardiologist for a stress test and an ultra sound of my heart. He thought there was a chance I had pulmonary hypertension. Thankfully, that was ruled out.

My symptoms continued.

I was miserable. Cleaning, talking on the phone, even responding to email was a struggle.

Dinners became sandwiches, hot dogs and take out. I felt like the Five at 5 cast on Fox had become my best friends, along with Paula Dean, Rachael Rae and Giada.

While waiting for the next appointment which was still several weeks away, my husband heard a doctor on a morning talk show discussing the side effects of cholesterol medications. Ed said it was as if the doctor knew me. I had all of those things going on. I stopped taking it.

In one week I could feel a difference. The clouds in my mind were beginning to part and my memory improved. It’s been four weeks since I’ve quit and I’m almost back to normal. My arms still hurt and my energy level isn’t where it was but it’s getting there.

Why am I telling you all of this? I hoped you might have missed my posts, tweets and facebook updates. 🙂

I wanted this written in hopes of helping someone else going through this as well as to re-read before I consider taking such a drug again.

I’d also like to ask you for prayers as you can imagine the things left undone the past 4 months have piled to scary heights. It’s overwhelming what needs to be cleaned, washed, and written.

Have you had an experience like this with a statin drug? Please share.

My friend sent me this video on statins it’s an hour long but very informative.

*it seems the video is no longer available 🙁



About Diana Brandmeyer

Christian author Diana Lesire Brandmeyer writes historical and contemporary romances set from the Midwest to the Mountains. She’s written Mind of Her Own, Frontier Legacy Brides, Small Town Brides, and A Time for Love, among others. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Diana, as you know, I’m off of my statin drug too. It was beginning to ruin my feet & ankles, and made me overall feel like I’d been beaten to the ground. When I went for my cholesteral check last year I was surprised and grateful my cholesteral did NOT spike without the drug. Hopefully it will be fine at this summer’s checkup too. Here’s a tip from my doctor: taking Metamucil 2x a day (or even once) helps to remove the plaque as well… and keeps other body parts happy too 🙂

  2. Am on my third statin drug. Have been playing this game for over a year now. All goes well for a couple of months and then the fatigue sets in…along with shortness of breath. I spent most of the spring sitting on the couch. Have had memory issues, too. The cardiologist says he doesn’t think the fatigue is associated; I disagree.

    1. Hi Cathyee, I’d be very suspicious of the fatigue. I’m not tell you to stop taking it just to be careful and log your symptoms. This has not been a fun road. At one point walking from the couch to the kitchen –less than 10 feet left me needing a nap.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I have never taken these drugs, but my doctor has been relentless in recommending these drugs because of my high cholesterol too, Why?

    I think there is still so much the docotrs do not know. Maybe some of this is even the way God intentionally created our bodies, but we just don’t understand the bigger picture. So you have confined my suspicions.

    While I never did take these drugs, I truly believe that anytime you put something unnatural in your body….. It can not be good. I understand that sometimes medicines are necessary to live, but that should not
    be the norm.

    Hope you are feeling much better now. ;-D

    1. Barbara,
      I hesitated taking them each time because they don’t prevent heart attack or stroke and I couldn’t get a good reason for taking them from anyone. I know there are drugs we MUST take but this is one I must not. 🙂

      Every day I get a litte better. Thank you.

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