cwicker wrote:For me, I think the benefits outweigh the risks too. But, I just can't tolerate the muscle pain. I do get some benefit with micro doses. I take 5 mg Atorvastatin twice a week but need to take about every 4th week off as the muscle pain becomes intolerable enough that I am reluctant to exercise. But, I think those side-effects are genetically determined.
The dose sounds too low to be therapeutic. I found that the muscle pain varied not just with the low dose, but also a different statin. Currently, I'm on simvastatin 10mg. Rousuvastatin 10mg decreased my lipids significantly, without muscle pain, but my liver enzyme (ALT) increased (a chronic problem for me, not that likely ). Pravastatin 20mg seem to be associated with mild cognitive effects even though it is hydrophilic like rousuvastatin.Yes, I realize it seems like a lot of experimenting, that I could have circumvented if I just took what my 3/4 100 y/o mother is on successfully for decades. Have you tried other statins?