Statins are medicines that lower cholesterol levels, and they are among the most popular drugs in the world. They include well-known medicines like Lipitor – the most successful drug in pharmaceutical history – as well as Crestor, Zocur, Simcor and Vytorin.

The Food and Drug Administration has warned that these drugs are linked to a number of dangers, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Liver injury
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle weakness

People who have suffered one of these conditions after taking one of these drugs may be entitled to compensation for their suffering from the drug’s manufacturer.

A List of Serious Dangers

In 2011, the FDA announced that statins were connected with a number of serious side effects.

  • Diabetes: Long-term use of statins can increase blood sugar levels, potentially leading to type 2 diabetes. Research indicates this risk is highest among postmenopausal women. A 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined more than 160,000 women and found statins increased the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 47% in women ages 50 to 79.
  • Liver injury: The FDA has said statins can lead to liver damage in isolated instances. Signs of liver injury include fatigue, abdominal discomfort, dark urine or yellowing of the skin.
  • Memory loss: According to the FDA, long-term use of statins can lead to “cognitive impairment,” such as forgetfulness and confusion. This side effect is not limited to any specific type of statin or a specific age group.
  • Muscle weakness: When combined with certain other medications, statins can cause myopathy – unexplained weakness or pain in muscles.

Seek Legal Help

If you or a loved one has suffered from serious side effects after taking a statin, you’ve come to the right place. The Law Offices of Brian D. Witzer wants to help you get the justice you deserve. Call us today at (888) WITZER-6 for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn what we can do to help you seek compensation for your suffering.

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