Crestor and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Researchers have identified a potential connection between the cholesterol drug Crestor and the development of severe side effects, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Crestor (rosuvastatin) has been available in the U.S. since 2003 and is currently manufactured by drug maker AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. Crestor belongs to a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins, which are commonly used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. Crestor is also used to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with coronary heart disease or diabetes. Since its introduction, Crestor has become one of the most popular statin drugs in the U.S. Unfortunately, researchers have indicated that Crestor has the poorest safety profile of the three most commonly prescribed statins on the market, and have urged physicians to consider other statins besides Crestor as first-line therapy for lowering cholesterol. If you took Crestor and have since suffered from a side effect like SJS, contact an experienced Crestor attorney to discuss your legal options.

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Symptoms

Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or SJS, is a life-threatening skin disease caused by an infection or a severe allergic reaction to a medication. In victims of SJS, a red or purple target-shaped rash spreads across the body, followed by blisters on the skin and mucus membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes. The disease typically progresses quickly, and the skin will eventually begin to shed as cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis. Common SJS symptoms include:

  • Itching of the skin
  • Fever
  • Joint aches
  • Multiple skin lesions and blisters

SJS Treatment and Prognosis

SJS is an emergency condition that typically requires hospitalization and immediate medical care. The main goals of SJS treatment are to treat the symptoms of the disease, to prevent infection, and to control the underlying cause of the disease. The potential complications of Stevens-Johnson syndrome are severe and may even be fatal, including respiratory failure, damage to internal organs, permanent skin damage, and secondary skin infection which can lead to sepsis or meningitis.

FDA Warnings and Crestor Side Effect Studies

In 2005, the FDA issued a public health advisory warning patients and healthcare providers about the risk of kidney failure and rhabdomyolysis, or severe muscle damage, in patients taking statin drugs like Crestor. This FDA warning required AstraZeneca to update the Crestor warning label to include the risk of muscle toxicity potentially linked to Crestor, and the possible adverse effects on the kidneys. In light of the life-altering side effects allegedly linked to Crestor, a number of consumer interest groups have called for a Crestor recall. Unfortunately, FDA has yet to initiate a Crestor recall and the drug remains on the market today, available to millions of consumers across the country. In fact, the FDA actually approved a wider use of Crestor in 2010, allowing the drug to be marketed to patients with only slightly elevated cholesterol levels, a population previously considered at low risk for developing cardiovascular disease.


Crestor Attorneys for SJS Side Effects

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is an extremely dangerous skin disease which may be fatal in some cases. If you or a loved one has suffered from SJS or another side effect, which you believe to be linked to Crestor, contact a qualified Crestor attorney for legal help. 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. Drug 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, some pharmaceutical companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their medications in an attempt to make their product more appealing to the public. This deceptive practice exposes millions of consumers to unnecessary injury and possibly even death. With the help of a qualified Crestor lawyer, victims of alleged Crestor side effects can protect their rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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