Charleston Lipitor Defective Drug Lawyer
Atorvastatin, also known as Lipitor, has lowered bad cholesterol levels for patients when used in combination with an effective, proper diet. The drug works because it reduces the liver’s production of cholesterol by inhibiting a specific enzyme (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme) that the body needs to produce cholesterol. Drugs such as Lipitor belong to a class of drugs, called statins, that lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Statins help stop the plaque buildup inside of blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and lower the risk of stroke or other serious cardiovascular events. However, statins come with high risks.
According to studies, virtually all statins have the potential to cause diabetes, but Lipitor is far more likely to do so with a 22 percent increase in the risk. While this statistic can be applicable to all those who take this drug, it seems that women and older women have a higher risk of acquiring diabetes — roughly a 50 percent higher risk.
Warner-Lambert teamed up with Pfizer to fund late-stage test/clinical trials to get Lipitor approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1997. Lipitor was a success when it came on the market and over the years has made Pfizer billions of dollars. Today, Lipitor continues to generate roughly $12 billion every year. With the drug’s success come lawsuits regarding serious and deadly side effects for those taking Lipitor.
Doctors often prescribe Lipitor, and similar statins, such as Crestor (rosuvastatin), Zocor (simvastatin), Lescol (fluvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin) and Pravachol (pravastatin), if a patient has excessive blood cholesterol levels, hypertension which may indicate abnormal cholesterol levels, and/or high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
By 2012 the FDA was warning that Lipitor had a direct correlation to patients developing diabetes. Many lawsuits were filed in 2013 and in 2014 plaintiffs’ diabetes claims were consolidated into a multi-district litigation. In 2015, a federal judge set the first trial date for the initial multi-district litigation, but by 2016 the judge granted Pfizer’s motion to exclude expert testimony the plaintiffs presented. Many Lipitor cases are still before the courts with more being filed.
The lawsuits allege Pfizer failed to warn patients and physicians about harmful side effects of Lipitor.
Lipitor’s side effects
Lipitor has the following list of side effects:
- Heightened risk to develop Type II diabetes
- Clay colored stools
- Unexplained, severe muscle pain
- Jaundiced eyes
- Jaundiced skin
- Dark urine
- Memory problems
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach pain
- Extreme fatigue
- Extremely low blood pressure
- Stomach/intestinal ulcer
- Out of control seizures
- Weight loss
- Minimal urination
- Increased urination
- Blurred vision
- Fruity breath odor
- Severe illness/infection
- Electrolyte imbalance (lower/higher potassium levels)
- Esophageal inflammation
- Ruptured tendon
- Anal bleeding
- Kidney stones
Negative drug interactions with Lipitor
On top of a long list of side effects, Lipitor can prove to be dangerous when taken or mixed with other drugs. Negative drug interactions can have severe and even deadly consequences. Lipitor has negative interactions and it may do fatal damage to internal organs with the following diseases:
- Myopathy – neural muscular disorders
- Liver disease – scarring, cirrhosis
- Myoneural disorder – chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterized by skeletal muscle weakness
- Rhabdomyolysis – due to death of muscle fibers and release of their contents into the bloodstream with serious renal complications
Lipitor is also known to have interactions with over 275 other medications and grapefruit juice. Of the 275, there are 40 major drug interactions to note, more than 160 moderate interactions and 75 minor interactions. If you are taking Lipitor make sure to check with your doctor and pharmacist before mixing medications.
Talk to an attorney
Have you experienced serious complications from taking Lipitor? Seek an experienced Lipitor attorney from the Steinberg Law Firm. Contact an attorney as soon as you can, as each state has its own statute of limitations and other deadlines that may affect your ability to obtain compensation if you wait.
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