I have been taking Policosanol for the past year instead of the Zocor that was prescribed and have not had one side effect that I was experiencing while on my short ride with Zocor. Tried Lipitor in the past and hated every minute of it.
I started this new group (TakingLipitorandHateIt) because I have run into so many people in my daily life who are taking a statin of some sort and when they hear that I don’t take any at all following my heart attack and quadruple bypass they wonder why!
One lady asked me the other day, “How did you quit taking Zocor?” I told her, “I just quit!” Then she asked, “What did your doctor say?” “Nothing after I sent him the research on Policosanol.”
She and her daughter are taking statins. Her daughter can hardly walk because of the severe weakness in her leg muscles. I have run into more and more people who are complaining of the side effects of statins compared to those who have no side effects. Just my own unscientific testing tells me that there are more people who are experiencing bad side effects compared to those who are experiencing none. The exact opposite of what the medical (and pharma.) communities want us to believe.
I tell them I took control over my well being rather than leaving it to the doctor. I have told my doctor that I am no longer taking the Zocor and have emailed him a list of the supplements I am now taking. He now asks me questions about the stuff because he does not have the chance to research it. He caught his pharma.
rep in the middle of a lie about Crestor because of the information I have given him. He is now becoming a bit leary of the information his reps tell him.
Oat Meal is great for you, I eat it too, and the “side effects” are certainly very beneficial for us old guys.
So far the HATE IT group is growing very quickly. In less than 24 hours I have 18 members. I have not had a chance to look at the members list yet this moring but I would not be surprised that there are even more now.
People in the group are thanking me for creating it so that they have a place to discuss the terrible side effects that they are experincing while taking the statin. One guy even predicted in his first post that this group will probably break records with the number of members it will eventually attract. That would be interesting to see if that occurs.