Say I went to my doctor with a long list of complaints expecting one miracle pill to cure them all.
Say I can't use my shoulders without pain to take off anything over my head, or to fasten my bra. And I have sleep issues, and bad dreams. And such leg fatigue that I cannot go grocery shopping or walk more then fifty feet without having to stop and rest. And I've had a personality change; developed 'holes' in my memory; lost all my enthusiasm, and creativity and my normal sunny outlook. There are more issues, but those I can more or less put up with.
I've tried three different statins, and I'm done taking them. They are (for me) the un-magic pill that when I quit taking them, all of the above bad things just go away. Like magic. I'm not willing to spend the rest of my life as an invalid just to reduce my chances of heart disease by 35%. I'll watch my diet, exercise, and take my chances.
I heard on TV the other day that 33 million folks in the US are on statins. That is about one in ten and a whole lot of the population is way too young to be considered. Supposedly only 5% are affected with the leg cramps, or weakness...but everyone I know has quit taking them mainly because of that. All of them intelligent, educated, mature folks who have made the choice that the side effects are not worth the benefits. All of them too had tried more then one brand.
Big Pharm is going to have to come up with something better or in five years there are going to be millions of folks all riding around on some form of 'wheelie".View Thread