Lipitor Side Effects and Lawsuits
Have you developed Type II diabetes as a result of taking the drug Lipitor?
If this is the case, it would be a good idea to contact a personal injury attorney. You may be able to get compensation for your Lipitor injury.
What is Lipitor?
Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) is a prescription medication that was made by Pfizer Inc.. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996. Lipitor is supposed to be taken in conjunction with a low-fat diet. The medication lowers the LDL (bad) cholesterol in your blood. The maker of Lipitor also says that the medication can lower the risk of heart attack, certain kinds of heart surgery, chest pain and stroke in patients who have heart disease or risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, age, low HDL, smoking or family history of heart disease.
Lipitor is one of the best selling prescription medications around the world. Sales of Lipitor for Pfizer are over $125 billion. The generic version of Lipitor, atorvastatin, has been available to people in the United States since November 2011.
FDA side effects warning on Lipitor
In spite of Lipitor's popularity, the FDA released a side effects warning on the drug in February 2012. The FDA warning indicated that Lipitor could increase your risk of having serious damage to your muscles, your liver and your endocrine system. Your endocrine system plays a key role in gastrointestinal and liver function.
Lipitor has been linked to some severe, irreversible side effects that can be life-threatening. Some rare but serious side effects of Lipitor have been known to medical experts for a long time. Recently, however, a possible link has come to light regarding taking Lipitor and getting Type II diabetes.
This possible link was revealed in the release of a study that was done at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The results of the study indicate that women who have gone through menopause and take Lipitor are at a higher risk of getting Types II diabetes as a side effect of taking the medication. This was especially indicated in women who had a body mass index (BMI) that was lower than 25.
Possible Side Effects of Lipitor
Here are some of the side effects that may result from taking Lipitor. Some of these side effects are more serious than others. Some of these include:
- Upset stomach
- Joint and muscle pain
- Changes in some blood tests
- Memory loss
- Tendon problems
- Muscle problems
- Loss of appetite
- Dark amber colored urine
- Jaundice (yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes)
- An allergic skin reaction
- Liver problems
- Type II diabetes
Once again, if you have suffered a Lipitor injury as a result of taking the medication, you really should seriously consider contacting a personal injury attorney. This is especially true if you believe that taking Lipitor has caused you to develop Type II diabetes.
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that you do not owe them anything unless they win your case. Why not let a personal injury attorney evaluate your case, today.