Is it time, to get off Lipitor?
I am on lipitor 10mg, and would like to get off it, what do you think my #'s would be without lipitor?
Also is my LDL Pattern A now?
Two years ago
male 310 lbs, NO LIPITOR
240 lbs, LIPITOR 10mg, (fish oil & coq10)
LDL 75 (56 Iranian)
just stop taking it, man. you'll be alright.
If you are adhering to the Primal Blueprint for eating AND exercising, AND intend to keep at it for the rest of your life, then by all means just stop taking it. Don't tell the doctor what you did, but go in for a retest in a few months. Ask for a full lab workup, you can figure out what to ask for by searching this forum for VAP, Cholesterol, etc... The doc will fight you tooth and nail if you tell him you quit the drugs.
Of course, this is just one anonymous dude's opinion on the internet--you will have to decide for yourself.
I tend to agree, especially the part about how the doc will fight you if you try to quit. A perversion of the Hippocratic oath, in my opinion, but it seems to be the common "modus operandi" of medicine these days....prescribe, prescribe, prescribe...
Originally Posted by otzi
I stopped taking my statin earlier this year. Didn't tell the doctor ahead because I know I'd only get the robot response. Truth is, I feel better without them. While docs focus on TC and LDL (and mine are a bit higher than their questionable "normal" ranges, they rarely consider the full panel values. I know from copious reading that my ratios are far better w/o the statin as my HDL shot up from the 30-35 range to 78 from eating primal.
Talk to your doctor about it. If s/he gives you a robotic response, find another doctor. I'm not saying to find a doctor that will parrot your opinion, but you want a doctor who is going to give you actual advice on your condition, recognize that you are trying to get off your meds and, even if they don't feel you are ready at this point, at least give you some sort advice as to when they feel your WILL be ready to get off your meds. Find a doctor - Doctor reviews and ratings | RateMDs.com is a great site for doctor reviews, use it. And, as much as I think that primal is they way to go, don't just hop off your meds because you're on a new diet that is supposed to be great for you and a bunch of people on the internet told you to do so. That's how people get seriously sick.
Wanted to also add that you are on a really small dose of Lipitor and your numbers are seriously good. Dropping the meds MIGHT change your numbers a bit, but likely not substantially. Truth is, if you do some reading, you'll find that there is more danger to taking that crap than not. Let me also mention that I worked for years for a big cholesterol specialist so I'm not exactly a no-nothing here. My best advice is to read and research and make a decision that works for you. You will likely find FEW doctors that agree because they are pretty much commited to the party line barfed up by the AMA, AHA and the big pharmaceutical companies. There is actually no substantial research to indicate that high total cholesterol or LDL contribute to CAD anyway. BTW -- with trigs are low as yours, you LDL is most certainly pattern A, but you could request a VAP if you want to confirm.
If it was me I would definitely get off of that Lipitor(it's poison).
Listen to the doctor before random people on the internet.
Depends on how much you trust the doctor. There are so many doctors out there who don't know shit when it comes to cholesterol and heart disease. I recently went in for a physical, mostly to check out this huge mole on my scalp, and his response to my "high" cholesterol was to start eating 3+ servings a day of Smart Balance products(the whole line is vegetable oil based).
Originally Posted by jimhensen