June 18, 2012



The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, the producer of Crestor, approval to market this product in the U.S. as a preventative measure against heart attacks and strokes in patients with healthy cholesterol levels. This decision has been lauded by Dr. Joseph Caplan, a cardiologist on staff at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City, Arizona. Dr. Caplan cites the approval as a positive step in the Prevention of heart disease. This action by the FDA came on the heels of a 2008 study conducted by AstraZeneca, which indicated Crestor reduced heart attacks, stroke, and other problems by 44 percent in patients with normal levels of cholesterol.

As a heart patient with a pacemaker and high cholesterol levels, I am quite concerned with this decision. For a year I took a daily dose of 40 mg. of Crestor. I have now completely stopped taking this drug  The side effects were far worse than any possible benefit I may have been receiving. For months my sleep was been continually interrupted by intense muscle pains in my legs. I decided to read the pamphlet enclosed with the medication and found that my condition was one of the known side effects of this drug.

To test it I went off the drug and the pain was gone within a week. I considered the possibility of coincidence so I resumed my dosage and sure enough back came the leg pains. That convinced me. The Crestor pills are now contaminating a landfill rather than my body.

Other possible side effects outlined on the medication pamphlet, and many of which others have reported on the internet (http://www.askapatient.com/viewrating.asp?drug=21366&name=CRESTOR), and by personal communication include muscle tenderness and numbness, cramping, extreme fatigue, stomach pain, dizziness, headache, constipation, skin rash, itching, jaundice, hepatitis, joint pain, memory loss, and/or inflamed pancreas. To me, this is a scary smorgasbord of side effects. AstraZeneca, however makes it all right by stating: “Most people don’t have side effects when taking CRESTOR”. So folks, if you wish to continue your Crestor dosage, just hope you fall into the group of ‘most people’. Unfortunately, I did not.

If you and\or your doctor feel your cholesterol levels are too high, I suggest you do some research. Some doctors believe that the dangers of high cholesterol levels have been a myth perpetrated by drug companies, pharmaceuticals and subsidized doctors (http://www.cholesterolcholestrol.com/cholesterolmyth.htm). If a dosage of some statin is recommended for you, find out as much as you can about it.   Ask people that are taking it. I have lost much of the confidence I had in drug producers, drug dispensers and doctors. As with many things in life if you want the truth, “follow the money.”

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Guy Allen

Camano Island. WA