Crestor Withdrawal

When AstraZeneca introduced Crestor in the U.S. in 2003, the company marketed the cholesterol drug as the newest and strongest of the already powerful statin drugs on the market. Unfortunately, researchers have suggested that the potency of Crestor may actually be harmful to patients, who may be exposed to unnecessarily high levels of the cholesterol drug, potentially resulting in serious side effects. Due to the powerful nature of Crestor, even patients who decide to discontinue use of the statin may suffer from severe side effects indicative of Crestor withdrawal. To minimize the risk of Crestor withdrawal symptoms, patients are advised to consult their healthcare provider in order to discuss the safest way to gradually stop Crestor treatment. In instances where immediate termination of Crestor use is necessary, the patient should be closely monitored for adverse side effects. For patients who have suffered from alleged Crestor withdrawal side effects, legal help is available. Contact a Crestor attorney immediately to discuss your legal options.

Crestor Withdrawal Side Effects

It is recommended that patients who wish to discontinue using Crestor follow the treatment plan put in place by their physician in order to safely reduce Crestor treatment without causing dangerous withdrawal side effects. Patients who terminate Crestor treatment too quickly may be at risk of suffering severe side effects, including:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain

Your physician's recommendations for terminating Crestor treatment will vary depending on your Crestor dosage, how long you have been taking the drug, and whether you will be starting a new cholesterol treatment.

Additional Crestor Side Effects and FDA Warnings

Besides the risk of Crestor withdrawal, the cholesterol medication may be associated with a risk of serious and even life-threatening side effects in patients. According to a 2005 public health advisory issued by the FDA, patients taking Crestor may have an increased risk of suffer from rhabdomyolysis and kidney failure. Other side effects potentially linked to Crestor include heart attack, stroke, liver damage, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and type II diabetes. Although the FDA required a Crestor label change in 2005 to include the risk of rhabdomyolysis and kidney failure, little effort has been made to warn consumers about the other severe side effects that may be associated with the cholesterol drug. In fact, the FDA actually approved a wider use for 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.

Legal Help for Crestor Withdrawal Side Effects

If you are currently taking Crestor to lower your cholesterol or triglycerides and you wish to stop treatment, consult your healthcare provider to discuss the safest way to do so. It may be dangerous to abruptly discontinue the use of pharmaceutical drugs like Crestor without medical consent. With the help of your physician, you can gradually reduce Crestor dosages over a period of time until you are no longer taking the medication. In the meantime, you and your doctor can discuss alternative treatment options associated with a lower risk of side effects and withdrawal symptoms. If you stopped taking Crestor and have since suffered from side effects indicative of Crestor withdrawal, contact a 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, the medical expenses resulting from injury treatment, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family.

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