If you are prescribed a statin for cholestrol and experienced leg pain, what happens if you stop the statin med and later try another? Do the side effects increase by two in the reaction you have to the drug? I am having leg pain issues since the stoppage of the last statin. This has been going on for 2 and 1/2 years. Any suggestions? I haved tried Lyrica and CoQ10. Is thete any other options for me?
Any other drug you take of the same type you will have a reaction. It is not twice as difficult but it will happen much faster and could have more severe effects. Any doctor you see should be told that you can't take tht med. they don't always remember. Be sure it is in your chart.
Your doctor needs to measure your Calcium and Vit. D levels. Calcium, Potassium and other markers show up in a blood test called an undifferentiated Comp. the Vit D is a separate test.
You should be taking 1200mg calcium per day and getting some exercise so the bones stay strong. When you have leg cramping it is usually a shortage of calcium. Low Vit D causes nerve problems amongst other things.
What is your physician saying about the leg pain? This could happen to be a coincidence and something completely different has occurred. Do you have Diabetes or other health issues like obesity?
I copied the side effects for this medication. Your problem does not show up as a known side effect. We are all different so only a physician who examines you will know for sure. What is your Rheumatologist saying about this?
"Possible side effects of leflunomide:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Back pain; diarrhea; dizziness; hair loss; headache; indigestion; muscle aches; nausea; runny nose; weakness; weight loss.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blisters on the inside of the eyes, nose, or mouth; burning, numbness, or tingling; chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat; muscle cramps, including leg cramps; new or worsening breathing problems (eg, cough or shortness of breath, with or without fever); red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or persistent vomiting; symptoms of high blood pressure (eg, severe or persistent headache or dizziness, vision changes); symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, sore throat, cough, increased or painful urination); symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, pale stools, yellowing of the skin or eyes, stomach pain, severe or persistent nausea or loss of appetite); unusual or easy bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; unusually pale skin.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
Please stay in touch and let us know how you are doing. If you wish to give more information as requested, it will help us find more information. Karen
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