I’ve been on Lipitor daily ever since a heart attack/cardiac catheterization/stent done 2 1/2 years ago. My lipid profile has always been excellent, but my cardiologist said that a study suggested that statins increased the survival time following stent placement for the year after the procedure regardless of lab values. I took Lipitor even though I’ve had muscle pains.
When I went for my one year followup, my copay was outrageous (more than they charged for uninsured patients) and all my doctor did was ask if I was free of angina symptoms (I was/am) and listen to my heart. I spent less than five minutes with the doctor after a two hour wait.
So, I do not plan on returning to the cardiologist. My PCP just acts as a gateway for referral, he will not discuss what the cardiologist prescribed.
I run out of Lipitor in a few days. Are there contraindications to stopping, assuming normal lipid values?