Stopping My Statin
I’m on 40 milligrams of Simvastatin (the Zocor generic).
I’m stopping it tonight.
I see from my records that I first reported cognitive side-effects less than six months after beginning Zocor (I was taking the brand name at the start). After telling my doctor (who did not mention the possibility of any mental effects!), I went off it for two weeks. I saw no difference — that is, my mind functioning did not improve — so I went back on.
But the memory and cognitive deterioration has been accelerating these past 2-3 months. For example, this morning while in the shower, I couldn’t remember if I had shampooed my hair. I also forgot something else — but have since forgotten what it was I forgot.
This is not the mind I used to have.
November 27 of last year was the first post I did that hinted at something wrong. I’d been feeling just like that for months.
My bad cholesterol level is incredibly low. I believe it must be too low. My brain cannot function without a certain amount of cholesterol coming in. Meanwhile, my doctors are more concerned about my arteries.
Well, they’ll have to come up with some other way of making my arteries happy because I refuse to live with an evaporating mind.
In other words: If staying on a statin means I can have ten more years of life as a zombie, I’d rather die in five years as a non-zombie.
I intend to stay off the statin for at least six months now. And I’m going to do something I did not do during those prior two weeks off it: boost my cholesterol.
For anyone out there in a similar situation: the above is not meant to be advice for you. Don’t be an ass who blindly imitates someone else.
Give Me Back My Mind!