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Can Statins Cause Foot Pain?

Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 05:19 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.


Question: I recently started taking Crestor for cholesterol and I’m having some strange symptoms. The bottom of my feet hurt badly. Can this be caused by the statin?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
Though your symptoms with Crestor are quite unusual (body aches are more common), you could request a change in dosage, if your dose is too high. Or, you could request an alternate statin such as Lipitor.
 
Lipitor’s benefits are supported by a vast body of literature that suggest that it is an equally good cardiovascular protector as Crestor, and may be a preferable medication for you. More importantly, request that your doctor screen you for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), diabetes mellitus, and peripheral neuropathy, and ask for a treatment plan if it is present.


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