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Old April 14th, 2010, 02:46 PM   #1
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I was taking Crestor a year ago and had my LDL below 100. I lost my insurnace and stopped taking the Crestor. I now have insurance again but my doctor is asking me to start taking Zocor because that is what my insurance covers.

Has anyone had any success with Zocor in lowering their LDL and overall Cholesterol? Any side effects?
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Old April 14th, 2010, 03:40 PM   #2
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I have taken zocor every other day for 2 years now. with my exercise it works great, if am lazy it won't maintain that level. no side effects at all.
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Do some research on cholesterol lowering drugs and their "advertised" benefits. I love the advertisements that they lower your risk of heart attacks. The actual studies that I read suggested there was NO reduction of the risk of your first heart attack and there is a barely significant reduction in the risk of your SECOND heart attack. I don't know about you, but I don't care about my second heart attack. It is the first one that scares me to death. I have taken several statins and have had severe muscle pain and an increasing inability to concentrate and "think" after taking them for a month or so. It got to the point that I was starting to be unable to come up with words, names, etc... There are some serious side effects related to lowering your cholesterol as well. Your body needs it and your brain has to have it in order to work. The drug industry has made billions from the hysteria surrounding the so-called risk of cholesterol. Do your own research and make up your own mind. Doctors are routinely given kickbacks to prescribe these drugs and always play down the risks. Go to the actual drug studies and read them. The truth is scary.
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My cholesterol has not been the issue for me, but rather chronic severely elevated levels of triglycerides. (hereditary - they were high when I was an all-state cross country runner in highschool - subtle al bundy bragging thread)

I take one tri-core which (without exercise) pushed me to tolerable levels of tri's.

Since the fall, I have supplemented that with 4-1200 mg of fish oils and my last labwork came back startlingly good back in February.
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I take it to reduce my risk of having another stroke, no side effects so far.
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My cholesterol has not been the issue for me, but rather chronic severely elevated levels of triglycerides. (hereditary - they were high when I was an all-state cross country runner in highschool - subtle al bundy bragging thread)

I take one tri-core which (without exercise) pushed me to tolerable levels of tri's.

Since the fall, I have supplemented that with 4-1200 mg of fish oils and my last labwork came back startlingly good back in February.
Check out Vitamin D too. I started taking 8-9,000 IU's of vitamin D per day. There is more and more research coming out lately touting the effects. My immune system is way better than it has been in forever and my allergies have been tamed significantly this spring so far. Supposedly it has some good impact on cholesterol levels too.
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Check out Vitamin D too. I started taking 8-9,000 IU's of vitamin D per day. There is more and more research coming out lately touting the effects. My immune system is way better than it has been in forever and my allergies have been tamed significantly this spring so far. Supposedly it has some good impact on cholesterol levels too.
I have taken a men's multi-vitamin for decades, and I drive a convertible with the top down routinely even in the winter. Vitamin D absorption isn't typically a problem for me :)

I was intrigued by a story in reader's digest the other day whilst taking a dump that spoke directly towards the vitamin/supplement market and revealed some scary news that counters all the hype/hoopla regarding much of what the mainstream folks view as "science".

everything from free-radicals, to anti-oxidants, to mega dosages of various vitamins in concentrated forms was touched on.
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I'm the opposite. I work in a gated, bomb resistant building with no windows. I see sunlight if I go out to lunch. I agree the supplement industry is just as bad as the prescription drug industry. All hype, little science, and lots of "research" supporting their claims.
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I have no experience with any of the above drugs but for the last couple weeks there has been a doctor (Ajay Shah) who has bought many radio commercials stating that any of his patients that are taking Zocor or simvastatin should change to pravastatin due to the possibility of drug interactions.
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I have done some research and found that most of the side-effects associated with Zocor are the same as with Crestor. I had no side-effects myself with Crestor and it did lower my levels when I took it a year ago. Over the past winter my levels have returned to their higher state.

Now that the weather is better AND I was recently unemployed, I have started exercising and eating better. I am going to continue this pattern and have added fish oil supplements. I will also begin taking the Zocor. If my levels are lower in June (the next time I go to the Doctor), I am then going to ask about getting off the Zocor and see if the diet and exercise is enough to keep my Cholesterol levels down.
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