A very interesting ”vivid dreaming” experience with the Lipitor statin drug (that I take since 1991 to keep my cholesterol in check) last night led to President Donald Trump and his wife Melania appearing in my Lippy dream being gently hosed down with water in the Rose Garden at the White House, in a large group photo based on the same group of people I saw on live TV that very same night here in Taiwan.
It was 4 a.m. here and I could not sleep for some reason. I turned on the TV to the BBC channel and there was Trump introducing his SCOTUS nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
I hear the president speak live and then I saw Amy get introduced by Trump and then I heard her speak and then I saw her stand with Trump and Melania with her family of 7 kids and her husband in a group photo on live TV. Then, with the Lipitor ingredients still in my body and infiltrating my Lipitor-fueled brain, I dreamed very vividly this image: The entire group was hosed down with water and what appeared to be some post-news conference fun. Every was soaked. What stood out in my dream brain was Trump’s hair. I was all wet, all over, and still in comb-over mode. And it was still the same gold color but wet and damp.
Trump went over to Melania and gave her big wet sexy kiss on her mouth and both smiled. This is an example of the power of the statins my 10 mg Lipitor pills taken since a mild heart attack in 2009. These kinds of vivid and surreal dreams occur every night but with different scenarios, of course.
Let me explain. And then maybe a reader here (or a heart doctor) can explain why I dreamed that Trump’s hair was all wet in the Rose Garden after taking Lipitor a few hours earlier at midnight.
You see, I call it Lippy for short, and I take 10 milligrams every night just before I hit the sack. Like a lot of aging baby boomers around the world, I had a heart attack a while back, and I’m on Lipitor now and I like it. I’ll tell you why: I have never had such wonderful, lively, colorful and vivid dreams in my life and I dream now on Lippy every night. Doctor’s orders.
I’ve got a stent, too, keeping the arteries unclogged, inserted via a vein in my leg by my skillful cardio guy here in Taiwan, Dr Ong. How he managed to stick that tiny little balloony thing in my heart is something I will never understand in a million years, but I watched the whole operation on a computer monitor above my head — eyes wide open the entire time,
despite some local anaesthetics — and it’s real. Modern medicine rocks!
But back to Lipitor and how it impacts the dream corridors of the human brain. Ever since I started taking Lippy in 2009, I do “vivid dreaming” every night and it’s a hoot.
And it’s not just me. Thousands of old people on Lipitor have these vivid dreams.
A friend in New York tells me: “I have been on Lipitor for about six years now, and I am having very vivid dreams as well. Every time I wake up, I am waking up out of a dream and remembering it. No bad dreams. Just normal dreams but very vivid and very lucid. Lipitor is the only medication/drug that I am taking, so this can’t be due to any other medication. I think it’s fantastic! It will be interesting to see if the effect disappears when I go off the medication. If it does, I might want to go back on.”
I’ve been in touch with the PR people at the drug company that makes and sells Lipitor — Pfizer — but they are bit publicity-shy on this topic. I have no idea why. All I want to know is why that Trump dream got into my brain the way it did based on a real live event that very same day.
While the medical jury is still out on all this, my dear Lippy is in a class of medications known as “statins”.
Statins work, a heart doctor in Taiwan tells me, by inhibiting an enzyme that results in lower levels of something called LDL, sometimes referred to as “bad” cholesterol, and raises levels of HDL, aka “good” cholesterol.
According to the medical literature out there online, clinical trials have indicated that ”abnormal” — that is to say, “vivid dreams” — are sometimes seen in patients taking Lipitor following heart attacks and stent procedures..However, confirmed reports of such dreaming are still rare, occurring in less than two percent of patients studied so far. I am part of that two percent, I guess.
Only the Big Pharma companies know for sure, and they aren’t talking. Pfizer certainly aint talking to me, even though I asked them politely. I even asked one of the medical reporters at the New York Times to look into this for me, and when he heard my story, he said he would. Then, mysteriously, after he contacted Pfizer for a comment, his line went dead. He no longer answers my emails.
So, can Lipitor cause a person to have vivid dreams? Yes.
What’s in the drug? Only Pfizer knows for sure, and mum’s the word.
Statins, whatever they are, and whatever the specific chemical in them that gives rise to vivid dreaming, are not easy to decipher. What’s in the white Lipitor film-coated pills that turn on the vivid dreaming controls for some people? Repeated emails to Pfizer’s PR department have gone answered since 2009.
Imagine if someone made a legal drug with no side-effects that could induce ”vivid dreaming” every night? It could change the world. Well, that’s too tall of an order, but if nothing else, it could change the way…..we sleep.