My husband was put on Lipitor and a week later got the muscle aches and a really nasty rash that at first we thought was poison ivy (but wasn't). He's off it now and the aches are gone but the rash is slow going away.
I have read in many sources (not AMA approved, of course) that eating a good amount of garlic on a regular basis lowers cholesterol. Worth a try, only side effect is sunny smell and sometimes you feel a bit hot eating it especially raw. It's good in salad dressing or as garlic bread!