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RE: [IPk] Atovastatin - Long Term Use



Hi Julian,

Actually yes, the phenomenon you describe is documented. These links mention 
atorvastatin (there is an R in it, in case you want to type it into google 
yourself) specifically:

http://tinyurl.com/ocnmt

http://tinyurl.com/pr4ca

http://www.diabetesmonitor.com/dqa/2005/2005_08_13.htm

As the third link makes clear, it is nigh impossible to know if neuropathy 
in someone who has had diabetes for many years is actually related to statin 
use. If there's another therapy to try that can reduce your risk for 
cardiovascular disease without potentially exacerbating the neuropathy, it's 
worth pursuing. And if you are on a statin only because your doctor thought 
it sounded like a good idea even though your cholesterol and triglycerides 
were fine, for heaven's sake have an argument with your doctor. There is no 
clinical evidence to suggest that it does anyone any good to take a statin 
unless the lipids are out of order. If your lipids are out of order, work 
with your team to find a therapy that is less likely to give you problems. 
You might want to ask your doctor if Zetia (aka Ezetrol), chemical name 
ezetimbe, could be of any use if your lipids are out of order and a statin 
is not good option for you.

Hope this helps,

Melissa
Type 1 13 years; MiniMed pumper 7.5 years; Animas pumper 2 years 5 months

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Subject: [IPk] Atovastatin - Long Term Use
Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2006 04:56:16 -0700


Hi All

  I would like to know if any of you that have been taking Atovastatin 
(Lipitor)
long term, have experienced a gradual loss of normal walking i.e walking as
though you are slightly drunk. Also worsening neuropathic symptoms in the 
legs
and feet.

If anybody has any comment to make about this, I would be very grateful.

Julian
.
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