Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Does Crestor Cause Foot Pain?

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 02:16 PM

Question: I have had trouble keeping my cholesterol down. When I take Crestor, the bottoms of my feet burn and start to hurt. Crestor has been the only one that I can take for a while before it makes me sick. It is only 5 mg.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

If you have recurrent problems with any medication, always request a change. Though your description of problems with Crestor are quite unusual, this should be a sign for a change to a sister medication such as Lipitor. Besides, Lipitor has a far greater wealth of literature supporting its ability as a good cardiovascular protector than Crestor, and it actually may turn out to be a preferable medication for you. Crestor has yet to be shown superior to Lipitor, despite aggressive marketing by the manufacturer.

Have your doctor monitor you closely, and alert them if you have any suspected side-effects from your medication. Also, be sure to have your doctor screen you for peripheral arterial disease (PAD), diabetes mellitus, and peripheral neuropathy, and institute a treatment plan for this if it is present.

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