Crestor Side Effects

FDA Warnings and Crestor side effect studies have indicated a potential connection between the cholesterol drug Crestor and the development of life-threatening side effects among patients. Crestor, manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, was approved by the FDA in 2003 and has since been used to treat high cholesterol, and to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems in people with coronary heart disease or diabetes. Crestor (rosuvastatin) belongs to a class of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins, which are used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, or types of fat, in the blood. Crestor has been marketed by AstraZeneca as the newest and strongest of the already powerful statins available in the United States. Unfortunately, Crestor may be linked to side effects so severe that they may outweigh even the most dangerous complications of high cholesterol. If you took Crestor and have since experienced one or more potential Crestor side effects, contact an experienced Crestor attorney to discuss your legal options.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or SJS, is a devastating skin disease which may be caused by a severe allergic reaction to certain pharmaceutical drugs. SJS presents as a red target-shaped rash that typically spreads across the body in hours or days. SJS symptoms progress quickly and eventually blisters will begin to form on the skin, followed by the shedding of skin as a result of cell death. Common symptoms of SJS include fever, fatigue, mucous membrane lesions, skin lesions and blisters, and rash and blisters affecting the mouth, throat, genitals and anus.

Type II Diabetes

Type II diabetes is the most common form of the debilitating disease, characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood. In patients with type II diabetes, liver, fat and muscle cells don't respond correctly to insulin, and glucose is unable to enter cells to be stored and used for energy. Symptoms of type II diabetes include increased thirst, fatigue, blurred vision, increased appetite, increased urination, and frequent infections that are slow to heal.

Liver Damage

The liver is responsible for a number of critical bodily functions, including digestion, protein synthesis and detoxification. Severe damage to the liver can have life-threatening consequences, potentially preventing the body from functioning properly. Liver damage symptoms include weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain, as well as more specific symptoms like jaundice, easy bruising and itching.


A stroke is caused by a blockage in the flow of blood to the brain, which restricts the brain's oxygen supply. Without a sufficient supply of oxygen, brain cells become damaged and prolonged restriction of blood supply may result in cell death. Other side effects of stroke include permanent paralysis, speech problems and loss of mental functioning. Common symptoms of stroke include loss of coordination, loss of consciousness, weakness of facial muscles, vision problems, difficulty speaking and sudden headaches. A severe stroke may result in seizures, increased intracranial pressure, and brain hemorrhages.


Rhabdomyolysis is characterized by the breakdown of muscle fibers, which allows muscle fiber contents, called myoglobin, to be released into the bloodstream. Myoglobin breaks down into potentially harmful compounds which can block the kidneys and may result in acute kidney damage. Common symptoms of rhabdomyolysis include muscle tenderness, seizures, weight gain, fatigue, joint pain and muscle stiffness or aching.

Acute Kidney Damage

Acute kidney damage is the sudden rapid loss of kidney function. When the kidneys suffer damage, they lose their ability to filter excess fluid, electrolytes and waste materials from the blood, which allows these harmful substances to accumulate in the body. Symptoms of acute kidney damage include fatigue, confusion, nausea, fluid retention, decreased urine output, shortness of breath, seizures and chest pain.

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to a section of the heart is blocked, restricting the supply of oxygen to the heart. If the blood supply isn't quickly restored, the heart muscle may become damaged and begin to die. Heart attack symptoms include nausea, vomiting, shortness of breath, chest pain or discomfort and dizziness. Since the heart is responsible for delivering blood to the rest of the body, restricted blood flow may result in major organ failure.

Crestor Attorneys for Side Effects

The side effects potentially associated with Crestor use are severe and may even be life-threatening. If you or a loved one has suffered from a potential Crestor side effect, contact an experienced Crestor attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may have grounds to file a Crestor lawsuit against AstraZeneca in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, the medical expenses resulting from injury treatment, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family. Pharmaceutical companies like AstraZeneca are responsible for the safety of their medications, and should be held liable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. By hiring a qualified Crestor lawyer to represent your case, you can collect the compensation you deserve and protect yourself from further harm.

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