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I'm all out of Crestor - is now a good time to quit?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Crestor prescription runs out Friday. The earliest I can see my doctor for a refill is Monday. I was going to "get his advice" about going off Crestor for another few days, and then take a blood test (been 99% paleo for 40 days). That would be about 45 days Paleo + 5 days statin-free (half life of Crestor is 19 hours).

Question: Should I just go off (5mg) for the weekend + a few days next week, get the blood tests and wait for the results OR should I get a few days worth of the pills from the pharmacy and wait to talk to Doc.

I think doctor is very curious about the affects of Paleo - he first pushed "Wheat Belly" on me when I told him what I was doing. I think he'll play along anyways....

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on March 20, 2012
at 10:40 AM

Actually it depends on your situation. Statins do have some benefit for those with familial hypercholesterolemia.

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on March 20, 2012
at 05:05 AM

In your case, you need more learned advice that is generally offered by this forum. Those with a prior storke or bypass are in a different risk category; statins might help in that case, especially Crestor, which is also anti-inflammatory. 5mg is a low dose and unless you're Asian, you should tolerate that well. Your doc seems to be rather open-minded, so I would consult him about this, as you're not an open and shut case. Statins are not bad for all patients: those with FH and a certain category of people with prior CVD conditions could benefit.

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:53 AM

please consult a doctor

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on March 20, 2012
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Up until 40 days ago, vegetarian. Non diabetic. Had heart bypass and a stroke with no known cause - except now I suspect 16 years of too much grain. Lipids look great now because of Crestor and Niacin - Niacin mostly. TC=128, HDL=47 LDL=58 Tri=51

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on March 20, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I always get a bit worried when I see questions like this. Your doctor knows your medical history and would know of any potential harm from stopping cold turkey. I would see my physician first. There's some advice from a physician at this link: http://www.preparemd.com/how-to-taper-off-of-statins-crestor-lipitor-pravachol/

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on March 20, 2012
at 12:25 AM

I don't know if anyone can speak to this as no one knows anything about your lipid numbers, lifestyle, etc. Perhaps I'm wrong.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

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on March 20, 2012
at 05:05 AM

In your case, you need more learned advice that is generally offered by this forum. Those with a prior storke or bypass are in a different risk category; statins might help in that case, especially Crestor, which is also anti-inflammatory. 5mg is a low dose and unless you're Asian, you should tolerate that well. Your doc seems to be rather open-minded, so I would consult him about this, as you're not an open and shut case. Statins are not bad for all patients: those with FH and a certain category of people with prior CVD conditions could benefit.

56a2a838226bd64c3dd13e9f57b7ad32

(10)

on March 20, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Up until 40 days ago, vegetarian. Non diabetic. Had heart bypass and a stroke with no known cause - except now I suspect 16 years of too much grain. Lipids look great now because of Crestor and Niacin - Niacin mostly. TC=128, HDL=47 LDL=58 Tri=51

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on March 20, 2012
at 12:27 AM

There's never a good reason to NOT go off Crestor. It's a waste of money that is detrimental to your health. End of discussion.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 20, 2012
at 10:40 AM

Actually it depends on your situation. Statins do have some benefit for those with familial hypercholesterolemia.

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