WebMD.com classifies Lipitor side effects as either common, infrequent, or rare. In each of those categories, each side effect is labeled as less severe or severe.
Here are the common side effects: indigestion, incomplete or infrequent bowel movements, gas, stomach cramps. They are all labeled as less severe.
Here are the infrequent Lipitor side effects: joint pain - severe; reaction due to an allergy - severe. All the remaining infrequent side effects are labeled as less severe: throat irritation, sinus irritation and congestion, dizzy, flu-like symptoms, flue-like symptoms, pain, rash, head pain, feel like throwing up, diarrhea.
Here are some of the rare side effects of Lipitor. I won't list all 79 of them. Let's look at just a few of the 47 which are classified as severe: increased pressure in eyes, pancreatitis, eye hemorrhage, muscle problems, muscle damage due to autoimmunity, abnormal heart rhythm, hemorrhage under the skin, hemorrhage of the esophagus, blood coming from anus...liver failure....
Liver failure? Is that serious?
Maybe not, since that one is way down on the list of rare side effects. But just in case you should take it lightly, liver failure could very well put you on the path to death.
Death? Is that serious?
It may be a welcome relief if you suffer side effects from one or more medications prescribed by your doctor.
On another page, WebMD says, remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
If you're already taking Lipitor, you may know about a few of the side effects. But you may be among the lucky ones - one who is still alive.
How many people are on Lipitor?
The answer can only be guessed. One site says that more than 200 million prescriptions for statin drugs were written in one year. Another site says Lipitor had gross revenue of more than $11 billion in 2010.
It's apparently easy to gloss over Lipitor side effects - just as is the case with most commonly prescribed drugs. We're conditioned to accept side effects as just part of the ongoing health care game. After all, if the drugs were really dangerous, our doctors wouldn't prescribe them.
We trust our doctors completely.
And we trust our government. If the FDA says it's ok, it must be ok.
When I say "we," I'm not included here. But I'm extremely fortunate. I don't have a personal physician, nor a medical doctor of any size, shape or description. I'm indeed very fortunate to have a very talented chiropractor who's great if I need help with an injury.
Maybe the biggest factor regarding the general popularity of Lipitor and other drugs is the incessant TV advertising which make these substances seem as if they're indispensable.
There are some doctors who deserve our trust.
They are the ones who are willing to step out on a limb, to leave the pack. They are the few who dare to expose the truth regarding the trap western medical practice - sometimes called allopathic medicine - has forced millions of us into.
After my wife found Clean at Barnes and Noble, and after we both went through Dr. Junger's 21-day cleanse, we began telling nearly everyone we know about the book and the tremendous effect it has had for us.
Dr. Junger speaks out loudly and clearly in his book about the dangers of all statin drugs. Lipitor side effects may not be mentioned specifically, but they are at least as bad as any other statin's side effects.
He stops short of condemning the use of statins all together. He most certainly would come under serious attack if he did. The attack could be career-ending or financially devastating, so I don't blame him for pulling his punches.
Another doctor - a naturopathic doctor - Dr. Bruce Fife, is one of quite a few now ripping the rag off the bush with regard to the truth about cholesterol. Chapter 12 of his book, Stop Alzheimer's Now! is titled Cholesterol is Good for You.
In that chapter, Dr. Fife documents how a very flawed initial study started the ball rolling on what is variously called the cholesterol myth, the cholesterol hoax, or cholesterol scam. Also in this chapter is a brief case history given by Dr. Charles T. McGee, M.D.
Dr. McGee wrote Heart Frauds, a paper-back book which apparently pulls no punches regarding what Dr. McGee calls the biggest health scam in history.
It's finally coming out after all these decades of hysteria about cholesterol that those of us with high cholesterol stand a much better change of living longer in good health than those with low cholesterol. This is especially true because many folks with low cholesterol readings have those low readings because they're taking Lipitor or other life-threatening drugs.
If you haven't tampered with your cholesterol levels, you also stand a much better chance of keeping all your marbles as long as you live.
Personally, I don't know what my cholesterol level is. I've never had it checked. I assume it's exactly where it needs to be. Yours is too unless you've been taking a drug to lower it.
Lipitor side effects are similar to side effects of the other cholesterol fighting drugs.
Much more serious than the Lipitor side effects are the actual results of taking Lipitor - which apply to everyone taking the stuff - not just those who suffer some side effects.
Lipitor reduces the liver's ability to produce cholesterol. That is the intended function of the drug.
Cholesterol - including LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol - is actually essential for good health. It is not dangerous in any way, and it does not cause heart disease.
Here are two very relevant statements from Chapter 12 of Dr. Fife's book:
The liver carefully regulates the amount of cholesterol in our bodies, so it doesn't really matter how much saturated fat or cholesterol we eat; the liver will only manufacture the amount we need to maintain homeostasis.....
Forcing cholesterol levels down by drugs or drastic dieting can upset cholesterol homeostasis, leading to some very serious consequenses, particularly in regards to brain function.
So, not only are the Lipitor side effects terrible, but the main effect of the drug, drastic lowering of cholesterol levels, is terrible as well.
Statin drugs are not only terrible, but a huge mistake on the part of Western medicine. Some individuals see it as much worse than a mistake - calling it fraud, or a scam calculated to make huge amounts of money at the cost of millions of lives.
Most of the cholesterol in your body is produced by your body itself. Various sources tell us that more than 80% of your cholesterol comes from internal sources, with most of it being produced by the liver.
Cholesterol is actually vital for human life. Our bodies produce about 1,000 milligrams every day. Some humans produce more, some less. Individual levels vary, and may be determined genetically.
Cholesterol is part of every cell in our bodies. In fact, it's a vital part. The cell can't live without it and neither can any human being - or any other mammal. Have you had your dog's cholesterol checked?
I hope not. Your dog doesn't need drugs any more than you do. Both you and your dog will be 100% healthier without them.
The brain contains more cholesterol by far than other parts of the body. The brain contains nearly 25% of the cholesterol in your body - yet it is only about 2% of your body's mass. I lifted this information from Dr. Fife's book, but I most likely saw it elsewhere as well.
Dr. Fife also tells us that the brain's need for cholesterol is so great that it makes its own cholesterol to supplement that produced by the liver.
One of the Lipitor side effects is liver damage. Doctors who prescribe Lipitor and other statins for their patients monitor liver health through frequent liver function tests.
But statins also interfere with cholesterol production in the brain. Do the docs also monitor brain function?
All this monitoring would scare the bejeebers out of me.
Some sources claim that liver damage is a rare side effect. One website claims that liver problems affect less than 2% of those who take Lipitor.
I'm not sure how anyone would arrive at this number. It seems unlikely that many of those taking any statin drug are so concerned about their hearts that they will put up with some nausea, vomiting or stomach pain without saying anything.
Our bodies are amazing. They will adjust to incredible assaults on your physical health. Just consider how many folks smoke cigarettes their entire lives and swear on a stack of Bibles that there are no negative health effects.
Lipitor side effects and direct effects are worse than smoking cigarettes.
Many people are so pleased with their low cholesterol number that they're happy to ignore a little pain from the abdomen or stomach.
By far the most damaging effect is the damage being done to the brain of anyone taking statins.
The most ridiculous aspect of so many prescriptions being written for Lipitor and other statin drugs is that it's not only completely unnecessary to lower anyone's cholesterol - it's downright dangerous to do so.
Cholesterol is not only good for you; it's absolutely vital for your great health. It does not cause heart disease or any other disease.