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Can statins casue anxiety
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Can statins casue anxiety

12 years ago I was put on Baycol to lower my high cholesterol. When it was taken off the market my doctor had trouble finding me a suitable replacement. Each new statin he tried gave me anxiety. Finally we tried Lipitor and I had no problems. I have been on 10 mg of Lipitor now for nearly 7 years with no problems.

My insurance will no longer cover Lipitor. My doctor prescribed Pravacol and after 3 doses, I had an anxiety attack. It subsided when I stopped the medicine. A week later he gave me some samples of Crestor. I took one dose and had an attack the next morning at work when I seemed to not be able to handle several people talking at once. I was in a clowdy daze the rest of the day. I stopped taking it but was anxious for another 3 or 4 days. I have gone back on what I had left of the Lipitor and have had no problems.

My doctor is perplexed. He has never heard of anxiety being a side affect of statins. Is this common? Is there any other statin close in chemical make up to Lipitor that I can take?
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You should petition your insurance company to maintain Lipitor since you have had these adverse effects.  While I have not seen anxiety as a side effect it certainly could be as there have been some CNS side effects reported from statins (central nervous system)
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Hi, Its all in your mind. You're convinced that you need Lipitor to squeeze every last minute out of your life. Quit being such a *****. Quit taking all these drugs that enrich the drug companies and don't do much for your health. You'll live longer and have a more satisfying life if you focus on other people instead of yourself and your "anxiety".
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