Lipitor Lawyer

Statins, a type of prescription drug used to lower cholesterol, have come under fire for the dangerous side effects and long term health complications.

Lipitor, a statin drug manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., is the subject of numerous lawsuits which claim that the pharmaceutical company failed to properly warn of potential health risks which include muscle damage, nerve damage, memory loss, and diabetes.

If you have taken Lipitor as it was prescribed by your doctor, and you have consequently suffered unexpected medical complications or debilitating side effects, contact an attorney who is experienced in handling successful litigation against major drug companies. Whether taking the case to the courtroom or obtaining a large settlement, your a Lipitor lawyer will be best-suited to fight for maximum compensation.

What is Lipitor?

Lipitor, generically sold as atorvastatin, is one of the most widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs on the market. In 2011, it generated nearly $8 billion for Pfizer, Inc.  Belonging to a class of drugs known as statins, this name-brand medication has been clinically proven to lower blood cholesterol levels, thereby reducing one’s risk of stroke and heart disease. Other pharmaceutical companies have manufactured highly popular statins, as well:

  • Baycol, manufactured by Bayer
  • Crestor, manufactured by AstraZeneca
  • Pravachol, manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Mevacor and Zocor, manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc.

Each of these drugs has faced scrutiny by consumers, medical professionals, and even the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The complaints and suits against these statins in no way indicate the drug’s failure to reduce cholesterol. Legal action has been taken, however, because of the numerous cases of medical complications related to use of Lipitor and similar drugs.

Lipitor Linked to Muscle and Kidney Damage

The major complaint against the Lipitor manufacturer is the company’s failure to adequately warn of potentially serious health risks. Far beyond the typical side effects of upset stomach, diarrhea, and muscle and joint pain, Lipitor has been linked to the development of rhabdomyolysis.

According to the US National Library of Medicine, “Rhabdomyolysisis the breakdown of muscle tissue that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents into the blood. These substances are harmful to the kidney and often cause kidney damage.”

When muscle damage occurs, a protein known as myoglobin is expelled into the blood and is then filtered out by the kidneys.  As myoglobin is broken down, however, it creates substances which may damage the kidneys.

Noting early warning signs is important to the prevention of serious, irreversible damage.  Symptoms to watch for include the following:

  • Joint pain
  • Seizures
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Tenderness of the muscles
  • Stiff or aching muscles
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Decreased urine output
  • Dark, reddish, or discolored urine

If you notice these or any other side effects, contact your health care provider immediately.  If you have suffered serious complications as a result of taking Lipitor or another statin, contact a Lipitor attorney immediately to find out your options for holding the pharmaceutical company financially liable.

Lipitor Linked to Increased Risk of Diabetes

The FDA required an update to the warning labels on Lipitor and other statins in 2012, noting an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes while taking the drug(s). While clinical research backs the findings of the risk of diabetes development, the reason behind the increased risk is still somewhat vague.

It is suspected that statins impair pancreatic cell function, hampering the body’s ability to properly store and release insulin. Evidence also indicates that statins may also impair the body’s insulin sensitivity.

Those most likely to develop type 2 diabetes as a result of taking Lipitor or other statins were women.  Asian and Caucasian women were more likely to develop the disease than Hispanic or African American women, and older, post-menopausal women were shown to have an increased risk. Oddly, women who are not obese – those with a healthy body-mass-index – also show a higher likelihood of becoming diabetic because of Lipitor use.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor:

  • Increased need to urinate
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and blurred vision
  • Unconsciousness

After you have spoken with a medical professional, it is a good idea to contact a Lipitor attorney to discuss your health concerns. An experienced legal professional will know how to properly handle a case against a large drug company such as Pfizer, Inc.

Lipitor Litigation

If Lipitor or any other drug in the family of statins has left you with serious, irreversible, or costly medical complications, call a lawyer immediately to discuss your right to financial compensation.

Through a free consultation, you can find out more about legal options to help you and your family hold drug manufacturers responsible for the inadequate warnings which caused you to take a prescription medication that resulted in physical and emotional harm.

Drug cases are subject to a statute of limitations, so do not hesitate to call Price Benowitz today to find out more about how you can retain a dedicated Lipitor attorney and take action.