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Many hypertension and cholesterol medications are available to people suffering from heart-related conditions. A vast array of medications exist to control high blood pressure, including ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) such as Benicar (olmesartan) and valsartan.

Unfortunately, ACE inhibitors and statins come with their risks. Severe side effects can occur when taking blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs.

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Hypertension & High Cholesterol

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when the force of blood against your artery walls is high enough to cause severe health problems, such as heart attack and stroke. Sometimes symptoms of high blood pressure do not become apparent for years as it damages your heart and blood vessels. Sometimes symptoms never become apparent, even after a doctor reveals a high reading.

High cholesterol, or hypercholesterolemia, occurs when the fatty deposits develop in your blood vessels, increasing the likelihood of developing atherosclerosis, a heart attack, or stroke. Poor diet, smoking, diabetes, and obesity are risk factors for high cholesterol. Many drugs are available to lower cholesterol levels, such as statins. Statins, such as Crestor and Zocor, block an enzyme that plays a role in cholesterol production.

Common Side Effects of Hypertension and High Cholesterol Drugs

Hypertension medications may cause the following side effects:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
  • Unexpected weight gain or loss

Cholesterol medications, such as statins, may cause the following side effects:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Skin flushing
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Bloating or gas
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain or cramps

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Thousands of lawsuits across the country may be filed with a mass tort. These lawsuits are filed in numerous federal district courts. In a mass tort, federal judges will consolidate the thousands of lawsuits into a single proceeding. One judge in a single federal district court will oversee litigation, allowing for consistent rulings and a more expeditious process for the plaintiffs.

A court will consider if a mass tort lawsuit is permissible by determining:

  • whether a large number of plaintiffs are involved
  • whether the plaintiffs are located near or far from each other;
  • whether the injuries sustained are similar among the plaintiffs;
  • whether the claims arose from the same cause (defective toy, car part, oil spill, etc.)

Defective products, such as car parts, toys, or other consumer goods.

Pharmaceutical drugs, such as those that are later linked to severe or fatal health consequences Environmental hazards, such as polluted water sources contaminated by nearby industrial sites or an oil leak.

In a mass tort, each plaintiff (injured person) has an individual claim resulting from their unique damages. In a class action, many plaintiffs are considered collectively. Similarly, in a mass tort, each individual’s claim “value” is unique to the severity of their injuries. In a class action, plaintiffs generally suffer injuries of similar severity, resulting in the same amount of compensation value.

A tort is a civil wrongful act committed by a person or company that results in harm to another person. A mass tort is when multiple victims are injured by the same single tort.

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No matter the injury or the accident, if you or a loved one were harmed due to the negligence of an individual or company, Thomas J. Henry is here to assist you.

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