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Review: could Lipitor cause Fasciculations of muscle?

Summary: Fasciculations of muscle could be caused by Lipitor, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take Prilosec, and have Blood cholesterol increased.

We study 129,629 people who have side effects while taking Lipitor from FDA and social media. Among them, 349 have Fasciculations of muscle. Find out below who they are, when they have Fasciculations of muscle and more.

On Apr, 11, 2014: 129,798 people reported to have side effects when taking Lipitor. Among them, 349 people (0.27%) have Fasciculations Of Muscle. They amount to 0.57% of all the 60,737 people who have Fasciculations Of Muscle on eHealthMe.

Trend of Fasciculations of muscle in Lipitor reports

Time on Lipitor when people have Fasciculations of muscle * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Fasciculations of muscle4.65%20.93%9.30%18.60%9.30%32.56%4.65%

Gender of people who have Fasciculations of muscle when taking Lipitor * :

Fasciculations of muscle44.23%55.77%

Age of people who have Fasciculations of muscle when taking Lipitor * :

Fasciculations of muscle0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%7.27%14.88%30.10%47.75%

Severity of Fasciculations of muscle when taking Lipitor ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Fasciculations of muscle11.11%44.44%33.33%11.11%

How people recovered from Fasciculations of muscle ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Fasciculations of muscle20.00%0.00%80.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Blood cholesterol increased (76 people, 21.78%)
  2. Depression (52 people, 14.90%)
  3. Multiple myeloma (44 people, 12.61%)
  4. Hypertension (44 people, 12.61%)
  5. Sleep disorder (29 people, 8.31%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Prilosec (104 people, 29.80%)
  2. Aspirin (94 people, 26.93%)
  3. Neurontin (91 people, 26.07%)
  4. Coumadin (79 people, 22.64%)
  5. Zometa (75 people, 21.49%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (2 months ago):

  • Have been tested for ALS, Parkinson's, EMG, MRI on spine, all sorts of blood work have also been done.....ALL have come back NEGATIVE.

    Doctors don't agree, but I think the Lipitor has been the cause. I am a very healthy 69 year old male with no other serious health issues.


  • From this study (6 months ago):

  • Items in section 3 are currently under evaluation. Most began to emerge, subtly, approximately 11 years ago and have intensified over the past 2-3 years. Myelomalacia involving a 9.5-cm segment of the posterior column of the spinal cord was demonstrated on MRI 2 weeks ago.


  • From this study (6 months ago):

  • I would get uncontrollable desire to stretch all my muscles. About 30 min. the stretching would subside and I would get sever chills then when the chills stopped fever. The last time I got fever it went to 103.5 before dropping.
    Tylenol stopped the symptoms for about 1 1/2 year. The last time I got sick with these symptoms (NO OTHER SYMPTOMS), the Tylenol did not help at all.
    When the fever would go away I felt okay.
    I was tested for everything. All test showed nothing. Antibiotics would help to keep the symptoms from coming back. I stopped taking Lipitor about a month ago and had not had any symptoms since. I think this strange illness was a result of taking Lipitor.


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