DITTO, cold turkey. I speak not for myself, but my BF Bill. Let me ask you this, if you discovered you were taking a poison, would you merely taper off? If you need confirmation from the medical field, the advice, once muscle damage is obvious, is stop taking this drug immediately. I know what you're saying, and this is true for many medications. I'm not a doctor, heaven forbid, but I can't see the logic in tapering off something so harmful to one's body. Just my opinion. If this is not enough, just remember, most doctors will provide blood tests looking for liver damage, and if it's negative, they'll say you're safe to continue taking your statin. They NEVER tell you that even if it's negative, you could be doing damage to your cellular mitochondria that will not manifest as muscle pain and weakness for some time, but when it does, it will takes months or years to repair, and only with much effort on your part. No, instead, they say "You stopped taking your statin? Did you notice a change (within days)? No? Then it must not be the statin, let's up your dose now". No kidding.