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Hypertension & Cholesterol Medications

HARMED BY A HYPERTENSION OR CHOLESTEROL MEDICATION?

Many hypertension and cholesterol medications are available to people suffering from heart-related conditions.

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. A vast array of medications exist to control high blood pressure, including ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) such as Benicar (olmesartan).

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.

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

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF HYPERTENSION AND 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
  • Vomiting

SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS CAUSED BY HYPERTENSION AND CHOLESTEROL DRUGS

Serious side effects associated with hypertension medications include:

  • Severe birth defects
  • Kidney impairment
  • Angioedema

Serious side effects associated with cholesterol drugs include:

  • Muscle inflammation
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver enzyme abnormalities

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DANGEROUS DRUG ATTORNEY

People suffering from high blood pressure and high cholesterol look to prescription medications to make sure they do not develop more serious conditions. Hypertension and high cholesterol can cause heart attack and stroke, but unfortunately the drugs to treat these conditions can cause serious and life-changing complications. If you have been injured after taking a dangerous hypertension or cholesterol medication, contact Thomas J. Henry.

Pharmaceutical companies continue to put profit before safety, and our firm has the legal resources and experience to bring them to justice. Our experienced dangerous drug lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Call us today for a free case evaluation.

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