I had the muscle test to make sure it wasn't that rare muscle wasting syndrome you can get from a statin. I take a multi vitamin with D and I make sure I get some outdoor activity. I also have a complete blood panel to include vitamins and hormones once every year. The cardiologist said the muscle ache is a common side effect. With some people it will go away and others it lingers. With Vascepa, I think it is some anti inflammatory properties in the EPA which is a type of acid. For me, it works like a safe dose of Tylenol and unlike Tylenol, I can take Vascepa every day. I did add to my COQ-10 dose and found a combo of 200mg with 1000mg of cinnamon. Long-term use of a statin poses a higher risk of diabetes I figured I would be proactive on blood sugar using the cinnamon.View Thread
My cardiologist suggest COQ-10 to ease the muscle aches I have by taking 20 mg of generic Lipitor. I took it for over a year at 200mg at it did not help. I just added Vascepa at 2g and it eased the pain. It also lowered my trigs below 100. On my next visit I will be able to drop down to 10mg of generic Lipitor or I might switch to 5mg of Crestor. I know they promote COQ-10 for heart health but the Cardiology practice that takes care of me promotes it to take the edge off the statin. For me, I did not do reduce the ache, only Vascepa eased the pain. If you are going to try or keep up COQ-10 I would suggest looking into higher doses. For example, for artery repair I was taking L-Arginine at 1000mg and come to find out I need it at 5000mg. Good luck and god bless.View Thread
I could also use the help of this community to please sign the petition that is linked below.
Recently, the FDA indicated it would not approve Vascepa for those on statin therapy with cholesterol levels from 200-500. The FDA rationale seems to be contrary to what our doctors are telling us that "lowering triglycerides does not produce fewer cardiovascular events". The FDA wants proof that lowering trigs reduces CVE events and requires results from an outcome study that is underway. The results of this study are expected in the next 4 years. In the meantime, the actions by the FDA limit drugs available to treat those like myself who suffer with atherosclerosis. These limits are in the form of prescription coverage our insurance company will allow. Right now I have Tier III coverage but these actions might cause my insurance company to drop coverage for my condition. Further, with all of the new regulations doctors do not have time to educate themselves on the latest treatments and drug companies actually perform a service when they can market to an indication. Don't let the FDA take away your ability to add a safe and effective drug to your treatment. The details about the drug and the misguided action of the FDA are contained in the petition. View Thread
I use this newly FDA approved drug at 2g and previously tried Plusepa and Krill oil to lower my triglycerides and ease the muscle pain I have by taking atorvastatin. I also tried OTC Niacin at 750mg and COQ-10 and all I was able to gain was a case of reflux. I stopped taking all the supplements and the reflux went away but not the dull ache from the statin. Then I heard about this new prescription drug Vascepa. After educating my cardiologist he gave me a prescription and I started this drug in June. Within 3 weeks I was virtually ache free and could lift weights and I am now working out 3 days and sometimes 5 days per week. Pain free and my entire cholesterol profile is down on average 9% since my last test and even down compared to a year's worth of tests. My Cardiologist let me know that if my test results remain the same on my next visit he will lower my statin dose to the lowest level. It has taken over 2 years to get there and adding Vascepa did the trick.
Vascepa is a highly purified and prescription grade drug made from fish oil. It is unlike Lovaza and contains no DHA or other acids. Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) capsules are the first FDA approved EPA only Omega-3 fatty acid. Vascepa is a prescription medicine, used along with a low-fat and low-cholesterol diet, to lower high triglycerides (fats). You can read more about Vascepa by visiting their website. Unlike Lovaza and other fish oil supplements Vascepa does not increase LDL Cholesterol or carry Afib warnings. Vascepa side effects are comparable to a placebo. View Thread