simvastatin use

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2015-02-25 00:25:22 -0600
Started 2015-01-22 10:32:46 -0600

Is anyone here taking Simvastatin for cholesterol? I have beeb taking it for the last 3-4 months and am concerned that it might be contributing to the kidney issues I am facing. Once your cholesterol is under control, does one need to continue this drug? The specialist I saw was not ready to give an opinion on this, but did speak about the benefits it might have, but after a closer look at the side effects etc, I am not so sure. Currently going through more tests for a better picture of my overall kidney health. The Dr. really did her best to put my mind at ease and she did help, but now my mind is going into overdrive again. I need a hug.

9 replies

GabbyPA 2015-01-23 22:58:44 -0600 Report

I took it for a while, but it made it impossible to sleep at night. My body ached so badly. It was the same kind of thing for my mom. I told the doctor that I didn't want to take it, but he made me give it a go. It was really bad. I didn't have that crazy of numbers so I told him no more. The lack of sleep and higher numbers because of that were enough for me to quit.

suecsdy 2015-01-22 15:22:31 -0600 Report

When I was in the hospital in Aug, they ran all kinds of tests and no mention of Kidney problems. At the end of Sept, did all the usual diabetes.tests. Kidney levels were good, but cholesterol was slightly off, so simvastatin was prescribed. Now in Dec I am at stage 3 kidney disease and the only thing different is The simvastatin. How could this happen so fast? This is really beginning to hit hard in spite of what the Dr. is telling me. Here's hoping this new battery of tests will show something more promising. I think I will definitely have to ask my PCP. Maybe The kidney Dr will change my meds when she gets all the results. Cholesterol is now in line. Thanks for all your input.

RosalieM 2015-01-22 14:08:02 -0600 Report

I refused to take the statin the Dr want me to take because I am diabetic.
I told him I wanted to know if my arteries were blocked. He sent me to have my heart arteries scanned. Then he told me I didn't need the statin. I would have been taking it the rest of my life. It is assumed that diabetics are overweight, sedentary and unmotivated to change. However, my cholesterol ratio is 2.5
and my Dr. told me it didn't matter that my total cholesterol was 230 as my ratio is really good. I have converted him to this view. You get a 2.5 cholesterol ratio by a healthy whole foods diet that is low in carbohydrates and exercise. That is confirmed by Mayo Clinic. I have had diabetes for 30 years and have no heart disease. My cholesterol has been 230-250 for 40 years, I have records to prove it. We have two kinds of cholesterol, big fluffy ones and tiny ones.
Tiny ones stick to arteries, big ones clean the small ones out.

Type1Lou 2015-01-22 12:56:05 -0600 Report

I have been on simvastatin for well over 10 years now and diabetic for 38+ years. For the past 4 years, I've been taking 40 mg of simvastatin per day. My liver and kidney functions are still in normal ranges. Acceptable cholesterol levels for diabetics are lower than for those without diabetes.

Pegsy 2015-01-22 12:48:37 -0600 Report

I am afraid of all cholesterol drugs and I refused to take any that my doctor suggested when my cholesterol was high. I have since lost a lot of weight and I exercise regularly. My cholesterol is now in the normal range. I'm glad because even if it goes up, I don't want to be on those drugs.

jayabee52 2015-01-22 11:12:06 -0600 Report

Howdy Sue
You may be correct in your concern.

I searched the net and found this out of the UK ~

I am wondering about the lack of reporting about it here in the USA. could it be that big Pharma is suppressing the story?

I had been on Simvistatin for a while a few years ago. I never associated its use with my worsening kidney problems, but I did develop stage 5 Kidney disease and started dialysis while on the medication in question. I eventually stopped that statin due to learning that it messed with Co-Q 10, an enzyme necessary for proper muscle and heart function.

Drs are paid by big Pharma companies to Rx statins. They make their bread and butter (at least in part) by trying to convince their patients to accept these medications.

((((Hugs)))) to you! (don't let VL see, she might get jealous, LoL!)

God's best to you

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-01-25 05:56:38 -0600 Report

Hi James
Me jealous…what are you talkIng about…I am not the jealous type
Love u

jayabee52 2015-02-25 00:25:22 -0600 Report

I KNOW better than believe that sweetness, LoL. That ole green eyed monster has been out with you more than once.

All I need do is mention a certain lady who shall remain nameless for our purposes and he is out in full force! Need I say more?

haoleboy 2015-01-22 11:04:58 -0600 Report

I'm not one to be overly concerned about the risks of medications but statins are one of the exceptions. I was on pravastatin for about a year but as soon as my cholesterol levels/ratios got into the "ideal" range I stopped and have maintained my numbers since with diet and exercise.
Of course this was my experience and you should certainly weigh the opinion of you doctor in making your decision.
Good on you for questioning and researching the drugs you are being prescribed.


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