Researchers Warn of Dangerous Side Effects of Statin Drugs Such as Lipitor
Lipitor is a drug known as a statin medication and is prescribed to patients with high cholesterol levels. Lipitor and other statin drugs can prevent the formation of the enzyme in the body that is responsible for the production of cholesterol in the liver. While many have successfully taken Lipitor and lowered their bad cholesterol levels, recent developments have been made pertaining to the allegedly adverse and life-threatening side effects of statin drugs.
Side Effects of Statin Drugs
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has released a new publication that expresses concern over the increasing number of patients taking statin medications. The document discusses the issuance of new guidelines in November 2013 by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association (AHA) in which the organizations argue that more patients should consider using Lipitor or other similar drugs to lower their cholesterol levels.
The new AHA guidelines will be recommending that more patients take statin medications; as many as 40 million more Americans between 40 and 79 years of age may begin to use these drugs. However, many of these individuals may not be fully aware of the potentially dangerous side effects of statin drugs. The author of the publication points to possible side effects of statin drugs, including myopathy and diabetes, and warns that the increased number of patients taking statin medications could either be one of the biggest medical achievements or one of the greatest disasters in medical history.
Those who may consider taking Lipitor should consider the potential side effects of statin drugs and consult their healthcare providers with any concerns:
- Pancreatic dysfunction
- Immune system suppression
- Increased risk of cancer
- Sexual dysfunction
- Cognitive loss
- Neurological disorders
- Type 2 diabetes
- Flushing or rashes
- Digestive problems
- Kidney failure
- Liver damage
- Muscle damage and pain
- Frequent fevers
- Degenerative muscle tissue condition
However, statin medications such as Lipitor may not cause immediate side effects and can be effective, leading many patients to believe as though they are benefitting from the drug. When health conditions arise, patients may interpret the complications as separate occurrences rather than side effects of statin drugs.
Mayo Clinc reports that certain individuals are at a greater risk of experiencing side effects of statin drugs than others. For instance, females, those with a smaller body frame, patients over the age of 65 or individuals currently diagnosed with diabetes, kidney or liver disease may be more likely to experience side effects. Additionally, patients who consume alcohol on a regular basis or those who are taking several medications in an effort to lower cholesterol levels may find themselves at an increased risk and may notice more side effects of statin drugs than others.
Recent Lipitor Lawsuits
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required Pfizer to update Lipitor’s label in February 2012 to reflect the increased risk of diabetes in those taking the medication. Since the issuance of its warning, several lawsuits have been filed in U.S. courts by those who allege that they were diagnosed with diabetes while taking Lipitor. Although plaintiffs have filed for a consolidation of cases, Pfizer has requested that the motion be denied for all federal Lipitor lawsuits.
Those who have allegedly experienced side effects of statin drugs are filing claims across the U.S. to seek compensation for their injuries. Allegations in many of these cases include claims that the manufacturer knew that Lipitor could potentially cause diabetes before the drug was even released to the public. Victims are also claiming that the manufacturer neglected to warn the medical community of the importance of monitoring blood glucose levels in patients taking Lipitor.
Suffering from Side Effects of Statin Drugs? Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love are experiencing side effects of statin drugs and you would like to learn more about your legal rights, contact the American Injury Attorney Group for your free, no-obligation consultation. We will connect you with an affiliated attorney who will review the side effects of statin drugs from which you are suffering and, if necessary, handle your Lipitor lawsuit throughout the legal process. You may be entitled to recover damages for lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.