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Lipitor (generic name atorvastatin) is a statin drug that is used to control high cholesterol levels that can lead to heart attack and stroke. However, studies have found that Lipitor increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and other serious health complications.
What is Lipitor?
As Pfizer’s premier cholesterol-lowering drug, Lipitor belongs to a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors or statin. It is the most popular statin in the U.S. that works by reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. Lipitor is claimed to help lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, or other heart complications in people with Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Why File a Lipitor Lawsuit?
Though it was approved by the FDA in 2011, Lipitor has been linked to a number of serious health problems and side effects, including muscle injury, kidney problems and diabetes.
* In 2012, the FDA recommends that doctors perform liver enzyme tests before statin therapy because these have been associated with biochemical abnormalities of liver function.
* The result of a 2013 study indicated that Lipitor patients may face an increased risk for musculoskeletal injuries and diseases.
* As of August 2013, numerous Lipitor lawsuits had been filed in U.S. courts on behalf of patients who allegedly developed Lipitor-related Type 2 diabetes.
Here are some of the signs or symptoms associated with Lipitor medication:
Type 2 Diabetes
Areas of darkened skin
Increased hunger, thirst and urination
Unexplained fatigue and weight loss
Slow wound healing
Confusion, nausea and vomiting
Oligura or Anuria (decreased or non-existent urine production, respectively)
Internal blood clotting
Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Loss of appetite
Pain in the right upper abdomen
Reasons to file:
* If you experienced financial hardship through the utilization of health care facilities, diagnostic procedures and chemotherapy; and loss of earnings and/or earning capacity.
* If you are experiencing physical, mental and emotional distress from caring for a loved one who is suffering from medical problems caused by Lipitor medication.
* If you want to hold manufacturers accountable for the distribution of such a dangerous drug.
If you or a loved one is taking Lipitor, you may be at risk for Type 2 diabetes, liver disease and musculoskeletal injuries. Jami S. Oliver is a leading Columbus (greater Ohio) defective product attorney who can help you in getting the full compensation and rightful justice you deserve. She will carefully evaluate your case and explain the legal options open to you. Call 614-220-9100 to schedule an appointment.