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HARMED BY A DANGEROUS CHOLESTEROL MEDICATION?

Crestor (rosuvastatin calcium) is a pharmaceutical drug prescribed to treat people with high cholesterol. Manufactured by Shionogi and AstraZeneca, Crestor was the fourth-highest selling drug in the United States in 2013. Crestor is a statin, a class of drug that blocks a liver enzyme from creating cholesterol. Cholesterol can lead to a buildup of plaque and hardening in the arteries, which can lead to stroke or cardiovascular episodes.

Common side effects of Crestor and other statins include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Rashes

Statins have been associated with several more serious side effects as well, including:

  • Severe muscle inflammation
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Liver enzyme issues

Women are advised to use contraception during Crestor treatment due to the risk posed to unborn children. In addition, newborn children can also developed serious adverse reactions if a woman breastfeeds while taking Crestor.

CRESTOR INCREASES RISK OF DEVELOPING DIABETES AND MEMORY LOSS

In 2012, the FDA warned of the increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes when taking cholesterol-reducing statin drugs like Crestor. In addition, the drugs have also been linked to an increased risk of memory loss and confusion. These brain-related symptoms have generally gone away once a patient stops taking the drugs.

ASIAN-AMERICANS AT INCREASED RISK OF MUSCLE INJURY WHEN USING CRESTOR

In a study involving a diverse population of Asians residing in the United States, drug levels were found to be elevated compared to a Caucasian control group. In essence, a lower dosage was required to be prescribed to this population to lower the risk of developing myopathy and rhabdomyolysis. For patients who do not require aggressive lowering of cholesterol, the FDA suggest starting patients with a lower dosage than the recommended 40mg dosage.

MYOPATHY AND RHABDOMYOLYSIS LINKED TO CRESTOR

Crestor, like other statins, has been linked to myopathy and rhabdomyolysis in some rare cases. Rhabdomyolysis is a serious condition characterized by the breakdown of muscle tissue and the release of myoglobin into the blood. In turn, the myoglobin breaks down into substances that damage kidney cells. Symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include:

  • Decreased urine output
  • General weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Weight gain
  • Dark or red urine

Rhabdomyolysis is a potentially life-changing disease. It can lead to acute renal failure, acute tubular necrosis, and shock. It is important to diagnosis and treat the condition as soon as possible to prevent further kidney damage.

CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DANGEROUS DRUG ATTORNEY

Crestor and other statins can help people improve their quality of life and their outlook by lowering their cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, these medications can be dangerous and cause debilitating conditions. Pharmaceutical companies continue to push these dangerous drugs despite the adverse effects they can have on people. If you have suffered a severe muscle injury, kidney failure, or birth defect in a child after taking Crestor, contact our experienced pharmaceutical litigation lawyers. At Thomas J. Henry, we offer you a free legal consultation so we can determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.

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