Lipitor and diabetes

By funnygirl98 Latest Reply 2014-08-14 15:43:30 -0500
Started 2014-08-01 13:17:26 -0500

I just have a question does anyone else take lipitor like I do? I became diabetic about 6 months after starting this drug for high cholesterol and am now in a class action lawsuit to try and get some compensation for everything I've been through. If anyone is like me I can give u the name of my law firm thats doing my case 4 me. Just let me know;-)

57 replies

cathyb51 2014-08-14 15:43:30 -0500 Report

I've been diagnosed DMT2 a little over a year. Two months ago, my cardio doc insisted that I start taking Lipitor. My bs shot up to 250 and was increasing daily. I also started having severe pain in both knees, increasing pain in my leg muscles, and numbness in both feet. I quit taking the Lipitor about three weeks ago and the changes are slowly resolving, but I'm not back to baseline yet. My GP says it may take around 2 months to get the best resolution. I am very hesitant to try another statin.

Cheryl*G 2014-08-13 15:03:17 -0500 Report

My blood sugar was between 92 and 102 until I took Lipitor. My blood sugar jumped to over 200, I stopped taking the Lipitor and my blood sugar has gone back down to 104.

Type1Lou 2014-08-09 17:50:01 -0500 Report

I was started on statins some years after my 1976 diabetes diagnosis; initially on Lipitor and then went to generic simvastatin. My Florida endo increased my simvastatin to 40 mg/day back in 2011. Luckily, I haven't experienced any adverse reactions to it (that I'm aware of).

funnygirl98 2014-08-09 18:36:45 -0500 Report

thanks 4 all ur input… i really appreciate it;-) I know 2 other ppl who r in a class action lawsuit for the same reasons as myself… I just think it's a little ironic myself.

MrsCDogg 2014-08-06 15:43:04 -0500 Report

I have been put on statins several times by various doctors. Each time I stop taking them. The last time was in May after I had two stents placed. After I came home and started to take the statin regularly my blood sugar stayed high day after day. After doing some research I found that it can cause diabetes to worsen by keeping blood sugar elevated. It makes sense. If it can case someone who wasn't a diabetic to become one then it can surely worsen it!

kindlekm 2014-08-05 12:30:37 -0500 Report

i have been on statins (simvastatin) for a couple years before being diagnosed with type II although i'm not sure my doc was checking BS in tests prior as he probably should have been (considering he had told me i was "pre-diabetic" or on the verge of i don't remember exactly, i also didn't exactly change eating habits though either so can't really blame him entirely)

luxmi1952 2014-08-05 00:50:21 -0500 Report

Thanx for ur concern. I have nevertaken this

funnygirl98 2014-08-05 09:18:28 -0500 Report

Ty James I was not overweight when I was on Lipitor and just ironically I come down with type 2 diabetes 6 months later. Coincidence??? 2014-08-13 08:36:34 -0500 Report

I have Type 2 , am not overweight & only started to take lipitor when diagnosed with type 2 after taking Steroids , my doctor never told me that i could get diabetes from taking steroids !!!! The Lipitor keeps my Cholesterol down & i have no side effects .

mamacst 2014-08-04 20:36:22 -0500 Report

I took Liptor at first for High Cholesterol but it didn't agree with my 'body' so doctor put me on some generic drugs and have been doing fine since. However I was diagnosed awhile later with Type 2 Diabetes, and doc put me on Januvia. Just waiting for generic Januvia to come out (hopefully soon!) as the brand name "JANUVIA" is so expensive. Then thought I saw where Januvia is having some legal issues too??? Guess the only thing for me to do is loose some weight (push away from the table)?? Be careful with the lawsuit as some of those attorneys are a little devious ???? Good luck

Cyn D
Cyn D 2014-08-04 15:19:28 -0500 Report

I have been taking Lipitor (80 mg) for many years. I quit smoking last year and have since gained 25lbs — just diagnosed with Diabetes 2 weeks ago. I saw a commercial for a class action suit and took down the phone #. I'm thinking my Diabetes is due to weight gain…

jayabee52 2014-08-04 15:46:52 -0500 Report

Don't prejudge it. It could also be due to the medication as well.

Cyn D
Cyn D 2014-08-06 15:10:11 -0500 Report

turns out DM is running in the family—1 daughter diagnosed with high cholesterol 3 yrs ago, recently switched to Lipitor, now has DM. My mom had same problem though I don't know what medication she was on.

SeaBeagle 2014-08-04 07:19:43 -0500 Report

Thank you my friend .. I have leg cramps and toes are numb. I am going off of Lipitor today to see if it will get better. I was put on Lipitor as prevention. Rather be safe than sorry.

seblynnana 2014-08-04 09:05:39 -0500 Report

My toes feel numb especially at night maybe it is because I don't notice it when I am moving around I thought it was my diabetes

Chopstix 2014-08-04 01:54:23 -0500 Report

I was prescribed Lipitor along with Glucoflage, DiaBeta, Lisinopril when I was first diagnosed in 2005. About three days after I started taking my feet began to hurt. I quit taking the pills until they felt normal. I started back to taking the pills one by one until I had gotten to the last one without any complications. It was the DiaBeta! To this day I refuse to take it. I started going to natural remedies since I'm type 2 & currently don't take any meds to control my blood sugar. I've been lowering my cholesterol the same way - apple cider vinegar, flaxseed oil, garlic, ginger, L-Arginine, cinnamon…

Rose67 2014-08-03 23:38:29 -0500 Report

I have taken Lipitor for several years before long before I became a diabetic. It might have hasten the onset of diabetes, however diabetes runs in my family. I was taken off the drug because of intense muscle pain. I have also tried Crestor. Now I am taking Zetia. My cholesterol comes down but still runs high. Since I have stomach issues, I stay on Zetia. I have also taken fish oil pills, but that also gave me severe muscle pain. Is there a medication out there that does not have side effects. Some are really very bad. I think each person has to determine the risk factor of any and all medication before taking it. Sometimes it takes awhile before the true risks are even known. I think we have to do the best we can with the knowledge we have to make a wise decision. I cannot take any statins at all. I live with my cholesterol the best I can with diet. It stays about the same every year. I work on getting the good cholesterol up.

JoleneAL 2014-08-03 10:23:14 -0500 Report

Sounds like my allergic reaction to this medication saved me. Granted I was a T2 already, but this stuff was a nightmare and turned my life upside down for two weeks. Within 3 days of stopping it all the bad symptoms started going away and my BS started staying down. I refuse to take any cholesterol medication PERIOD. I believe I would have died if I'd stayed on it longer.

Grandmama16 2014-08-02 22:07:32 -0500 Report

I feel the same way about it all being connected but I don't know where to start to fix things. First I took BP med. Then Depression which I had for a long time and took many meds for, then fibro,on and on to where I'm on 12, plus vitamins. It is really ridiculous.

im momby
im momby 2014-08-02 18:39:59 -0500 Report

I take chromium and use flax and chia seed in everything I can. I sprout Quiona too and eat it as often as I can. I am not a fan of carbs anyway ('cept potato chips and such). I force myself to not buy junk. I distract myself.

Connieangel 2014-08-02 17:28:42 -0500 Report

I've been on Lipitor for years, now I am on Atorvastatin and medication for high blood pressure. I had breast cancer in 2009 and they said that could contribute to diabetes as well. I have diabetes 2, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. I am controlling this with diet and some exercise. My A1c dropped from 7.4 to 6 after I lost 45 pounds. I feel better and am happy with how I look, but the doctor still wants me to lose 20 more pounds. I am hoping when I go back in September, I can drop or lower the medications I take for blood pressure and high cholesterol. Good luck with your lawsuit and hope you feel better.

Lynne43 2014-08-02 01:52:52 -0500 Report

No, as I said before, I was miss diagnosed a Diabetic howevern as I have 3 Sister that are type 1 and 1 is type 2 I decided to learn about it so I can be wary of what I eat and my exersise. But, your problem is very interesting. I will follow it. Thanks Funny Girl.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-08-02 01:00:43 -0500 Report

I am on a high dose of lipitor. I tried simvastatin first because ins. wouldn't pay for lipitor at the time. It got to the point I could barely function. My memory was completely shot, I wasn't even able to cook or clean house. So I had to quit taking it. Lipitor finally came down in price so ins. would pay for it, so they put me on it. The problems with memory etc. are better, but I am going to have to get some nerve conduction test's at the end of this month. I am in constant pain and muscle weakness also muscle cramps, and OMG the head aches & migraines are horrible. My doctor insists that I have to take the lipitor because my cholesterol levels are way to high, but they haven't come down yet. funnygirl if you find out anything let me know,

RebDee 2014-08-01 21:16:12 -0500 Report

After many years of Lipitor which did nothing to bring down my cholesterol or blood pressure, my primary physician at Kaiser Permanente changed me to Crestor. Can't say I see much difference but Crestor costs more.

jayabee52 2014-08-01 22:50:59 -0500 Report

I was put on simvastatin which is the generic for Zocor. (see ~ ) and the generic name for Crestor is Rosuvastatin.(see link posted above) I see a lot of adverising for Crestor on TV. Likely they're trying to recoup research, approval and promotion costs is why it is so expensive.

I have stopped taking statins altogether about 4 yrs ago because I didn't need them. My Dr said he put me on statins just in case I start to have a problem. Recent blood work shows my cholesterol and lipid levels right where they should be.

ClaireLin 2014-08-01 19:58:50 -0500 Report

All the statins have the same effect on me, at one point, I was unable to comb my hair because my arms hurt something awful, and so weak, and I fell, and I was unable to pull myself up.

Katiespace 2014-08-01 18:51:43 -0500 Report

Boy it's a dam if you do and a dam if you don't . There are so many things like this in this world it's a shame. I hope good things for you will come your way:)K

unojay 2014-08-01 17:55:46 -0500 Report

My doctor took me off Lipitor, I take simvastatin. Lipitor was upsetin my stomach big time. I didn't take lipitor to long.before my doc. said off off. so not much there. I haven't heard of anyone else having any problems but i'll ask around

H8havingDiabetes 2014-08-01 16:29:35 -0500 Report

I was put on a generic Lipitor because my cholesterol was a little over 100. It made my blood sugar numbers go up, so I called my doctor to quit taking it. He put me on Simvastatin, which is the generic for Zocor and my numbers have been better.

TopazDee 2014-08-01 15:52:26 -0500 Report

Fortunatly not that's one of hubbies pills but he isn't Diabetic, hope you get things sorted quickly.
Stat Safe my Friend x

Grandmama16 2014-08-01 15:23:10 -0500 Report

That is a very interesting question. I took Lipitor and then Zocor years ago and thought I had the muscle pain and weakness side effect but I think now that it was just my fibromyalgia acting up…and it was to large a dose. A few months ago I was put on a low dose required by our Ins. And I even cut that in half. Low and behold, my cholesterol went way down. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with diabetes. I also take Cymbalta which also is connected with High sugar. It's for depression and fibro. Do I stop taking it and suffer hoping the diabetes will go away or keep on taking 2000m of Metformin to lower my sugar. The other day I ate tortilla chips and a little 7 layer bean dip then a couple of hours later my sugar was 225. Shouldn't the Metformin have taken care of that? My BG was 105 that morning. I'm just very confused as to what is causing what? Good luck with the law suit. I think I signed up for that last year but then our lap top crashed so I never heard. I use an IPAD now.

ClaireLin 2014-08-01 15:08:35 -0500 Report

I used to take Lipitor, but the side effects (weak muscles) became overwhelming, and I discontinued it. I was diagnosed diabetic before taking the drug. I hope you get the compensation you so deserve, no one should suffer for the drug company's screw up.

MsCat114 2014-08-01 14:58:08 -0500 Report

Fortunately, I have not experienced Lipitor. I wish you the best of luck. These drug companies piss me off pushing all kinds of crap to people!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-08-01 14:30:25 -0500 Report

I am on lipitor, a very high dose and have a lot of problems. Please let me know.

Grandmama16 2014-08-01 15:33:49 -0500 Report

I'm convinced that a lower dose will work as well. Except for maybe affecting my BG, I have no side effects and lower chol. With 1/2 of a 10 mg. daily. I think high cholesterol runs in my family…my grandfather, his son and my sis died of their first heart attacks. My mom had high chol but I believe they had her on meds that were too high or conflicted. She died of a brain bleed. Meds really can be a problem so we have to keep track. I was given 2000 mgs of Metformin for BG to start off and had intestinal side effects so stopped for quite awhile. Then started on 500, working slowly up to 2000 and I have no problem now. Except…what is causing excessive sleepiness and fatigue…just the fibro/chronic fatigue? Don't know. I'm also on a CPAP and Dr said I should not quit even tho I have a lot of trouble with the masks. Sigh.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-08-02 01:10:10 -0500 Report

Grandmama16: I wonder if everything is connected. Diabetes, cholesterol, fibro myalgia, chronic fatigue, head aches, migraines, excessive sleepiness, muscle pain & cramps, joint pain, back, neck and shoulder pain, and intestinal problems. Because it seems to me like once I was diagnosed with type 2 all these other problems hit. I also wonder if the meds. are a part of the equation.

DiabeticRodent 2014-08-01 14:15:45 -0500 Report

That is awful that you are going through that! I am sorry. Kinda freaks me out because my next Endo appointment they are going to check my cholesterol.

evaziem 2014-08-01 13:53:54 -0500 Report

Lipitor is a statin, a group of several RXs for controlling high cholesterol.
Statins have a bad reputation because of the side effects. According to my doc, statins are the worst RXs on the market.

See what I found at
"Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including LIPITOR. "

You say, funnygirl98 that you became diabetic about 6 months after starting Lipitor!!!!

Very suspicious!

Tully1930 2014-08-01 13:31:40 -0500 Report

I use to take it but it caused me to have severe leg cramps. What kind on problems are you having with lipitorlipitor.

Anonymous 2014-08-01 13:30:02 -0500 Report

I am on simvastatin, generic but took Lipitor for years but was diabetic type 2 for years before

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