Crestor and Stroke Side Effects

Researchers have indicated that the cholesterol drug Crestor may be linked to the development of serious side effects, including stroke. Crestor has been available in the U.S. since it was FDA-approved in 2003, and is currently manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. Crestor (rosuvastatin) is one of a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins, which are used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. Crestor is also commonly used to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with coronary heart disease or diabetes. Unfortunately, an emerging body of research has suggested that Crestor may not be safe, due to information about potential Crestor side effects, including stroke. If you took Crestor to lower your cholesterol and have since suffered from one or more major side effects, contact a Crestor attorney for legal help.

Stroke Symptoms

A stroke is caused by an interruption of the blood supply to any part of the brain, resulting from a blocked or ruptured blood vessel in the brain. If blood flow is blocked for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, which may result in the death of brain cells. The symptoms of stroke depend on what part of the brain is damaged. Common symptoms of stroke include:

  • Headache
  • Clumsiness
  • Changes in alertness
  • Numbness or tingling in one side of the body
  • Personality or mood changes

Symptoms of stroke typically develop suddenly and without warning, or they may occur on and off for the first day or two. In some cases, a person may not even be aware that he or she has had a stroke.

Stroke Treatment and Prognosis

A stroke is a medical emergency requiring immediate treatment. If the stroke was caused by a blood clot, the patient may be treated with clot-busting drugs to break up blood clots and restore blood flow to the damaged area. Other patients may require surgery on the carotid artery, or surgery to remove blood from around the brain and to repair damaged blood vessels. The prognosis for patients suffering from a stroke depends on the type of stroke, how much brain tissue is damaged, what body functions have been affected, and how quickly treatment is received. Complications of stroke may include permanent loss of brain function, permanent loss of movement or sensation in parts of the body, and decreased life span.

Crestor Side Effect Studies and FDA Warnings

In 2005, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning patients and healthcare providers about the increased risk of kidney failure and rhabdomyolysis, or severe muscle damage, in patients taking statin drugs like Crestor. In light of these potential Crestor side effects, the FDA required AstraZeneca to update the Crestor warning label to include important information about the safe use of Crestor to reduce the risk of rhabdomyolysis and kidney damage. Unfortunately, according to researchers, Crestor has the lowest safety profile of the top three most commonly prescribed statin drugs on the market, and should not be considered as first-line therapy for lowering cholesterol. Researchers have also indicated that most patients with elevated cholesterol have only mild or moderate elevations, which require only modest doses of statin drugs like Crestor. However, the standard starting dosage for Crestor is so high that AstraZeneca claims the drug can reduce bad cholesterol by 46-52%, significantly higher than the 20-30% reduction most patients require. Experts fear that even the standard doses of Crestor expose patients to unnecessarily high doses of the statin drug, potentially leading to serious side effects.

Crestor Attorneys for Stroke Side Effects

Patients who experience a stroke may recover completely, while others may suffer from permanent loss of function, movement and additional debilitating complications. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious side effect which you believe to be linked to Crestor, contact a qualified Crestor attorney to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a Crestor lawsuit against AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug, and you should not be held responsible for the resulting consequences. Drug companies like AstraZeneca are expected to produce and distribute safe medications, and should be held liable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical companies intentionally withhold dangerous drug information in an attempt to avoid negative consequences, such as a drug recall. By hiring an experienced Crestor lawyer, victims of potential Crestor side effects can protect their rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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