Zocor and Muscle Damage Side Effects

Zocor muscle damage side effects may cause serious health issues and Zocor attorneys across the country are investigating injury lawsuits.  Contact a Zocor lawyer today to discuss your legal options.

Serious doubts have been raised about the safety of the cholesterol medication Zocor, due to new information about severe muscle damage side effects potentially linked to the prescription drug. Zocor is the brand name of the drug simvastatin, and falls into a category of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, better known as statins. Zocor is currently manufactured by Merck & Co. and has been available in the U.S. since it was approved by the FDA in low doses in 1991. Seven years later, the FDA approved Zocor for use in high doses. Zocor works by lowering the levels of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins) in the blood, while increasing the levels of good cholesterol (high-density lipoproteins), and is commonly used to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems in patients with diabetes, coronary heart disease, and other risk factors. Unfortunately, new side effect information suggests that the statin Zocor may no longer be safe, due to the potential for the drug to cause serious muscle damage in patients. If you took Zocor to treat your high cholesterol and have since suffered from a major muscle damage side effect, contact a Zocor attorney for help.

Muscle Damage Symptoms

Muscle damage, or myopathy, refers to any disease that affects muscle tissue. Diseases of the muscle can result in symptoms like:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Inflammation
  • Tetany (spasms)
  • Paralysis
  • Cramping
  • Pain
  • Muscle rigidity

Muscle Damage Treatment and Prognosis

Treatment options for muscle damage include bracing, splinting, physical therapy, medications and surgery. The appropriate treatment for muscle damage depends on the severity of the condition and the preferences of the patient. If left untreated however, muscle pain (myopathy) can result in serious consequences, including disability, paralysis and chronic muscle pain (myalgia). The most severe form of muscle damage, called rhabdomyolysis, can lead to severe kidney damage, kidney failure, and even death. To minimize the risk of serious complications associated with muscle damage, patients are advised to follow the treatment pain set in place by their healthcare provider.

Zocor Side Effect Studies and FDA Warnings

Several safety announcements have been issued by the FDA in recent years, warning patients and physicians about the prevalence and severity of potential Zocor side effects. In 2010, the FDA issued a warning alerting the public about the potential for increased risk of muscle damage resulting from use of the cholesterol-lowering medication Zocor 80mg. Although muscle damage is a known side effect of all statin drugs, the FDA's announcement highlighted the greater risk of developing muscle damage, including rhabdomyolysis, in patients who use a higher dose of Zocor.

In June 2011, the FDA announced the development of new safety recommendations for high-dose Zocor, because the highest approved dose – 80mg – was associated with an increased risk of muscle damage or myopathy, especially during the first 12 months of use. In light of this muscle damage side effect risk, the FDA recommended that Zocor 80mg be used only in patients who have been taking this dose for 12 months or more, and who have experienced no muscle toxicity. The FDA also advised that Zocor not be used in new patients. This FDA decision was based on the agency's review of the results of observational studies, clinical trial data, and analyses of adverse events submitted to the agency. According to this data, patients taking Zocor 80mg daily had an increased risk of muscle damage, compared to patients taking lower doses of Zocor or other statin drugs.

Zocor Attorneys for Muscle Damage Side Effects

Despite the fact that Zocor and other statins have been linked to the development of life-threatening muscle damage side effects, it is estimated that 24 million Americans are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs like Zocor. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious muscle damage side effect, and you believe Zocor to be the cause, contact a Zocor attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a Zocor lawsuit against Merck & Co. The main goal of Zocor attorneys is to help victims of potential Zocor side effects protect their rights and hold the allegedly negligent drug company liable for their injuries. By hiring a qualified Zocor lawyer to represent your case, you can collect the compensation you deserve and protect yourself and your family from further harm.

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