Simvastatin 40mg, otherwise known to Justin Hoenke as Poison.

In 2011 I was diagnosed with high cholesterol. I didn’t see it coming but it made sense: everyone in my family had high cholesterol and I was 31 years old and blah blah blah things start going downhill at around that age. You can read all about that right here if you want.

Going vegan, trying what seems like every cholesterol medicine under the sun, and being mindful about what I put into my body were always on my mind. I don’t wanna have a heart-attack when I’m in my 50’s (or even sooner). I also want to enjoy my life right now. I talk about balance all of the time and that applies very much so to this conversation as well. I want to enjoy a hamburger from time to time because they are delicious. I also want to control my cholesterol. I know that seems like a weird thing to say but it’s true. You can’t sacrifice the moment for something that may or may not happen. Balance!

The Cholesterol Levels of Justin William Hoenke, 2011-Present

In September 2015 I had to change my medication from Crestor 40mg daily (which was working really well as you can see by the chart above). My new insurance plan did not allow the use of Crestor and if I decided to continue the medication it would cost over $700/month. Let’s save the health care in America debate for another time please, but yes OMG I know. My doctor put me on Simvastatin 40 mg daily. It was the closest thing to Crestor that he could prescribe that my medical insurance “allowed”. I went with it and since then have been taking the medication.

Last week I ran out of Simvastatin 40mg. I called in and got my refill but was thinking way too much about Fidelia Hall and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that I forgot to pick it up until three days later. At the end of those three days, I felt something that I had not felt in awhile. My body didn’t feel sluggish. My chest did not feel tight. My muscles did not ache. I was not having all of the side effects that come with Simvastatin use. Here I thought that it was just old age creeping up on my bones and muscles. It was Simvastatin and it was basically poisoning me. The drug that was helping me by lowering my cholesterol levels was also causing my day to day life to be full of pain and aches.

I am now faced with a task: I have to go back to the doctor, get my bloodwork done, and find an alternative. There will be another 1-3 months of testing happening to my body with the new drug recommended by my doctor. I’ll also be seeing an herbalist this Thursday. No matter what the outcome is, all that I aim for is balance. I will find it. This is just another step.



  1. In the small print on cholesterol-lowering drug commercials, you will find that no studies have linked lowering cholesterol to preventing heart disease. Take a stroll through the medical evidence. You don’t need to lower your cholesterol.

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