Zocor and Rhabdomyolysis Side Effects

Zocor rhabdomyolysis side effects may lead to patients filing injury lawsuits for financial compensation. If you have been adversely affected by the statin drug, contact a Zocor attorney to discuss your compensation options.

The potential for Zocor to cause rhabdomyolysis, or severe muscle injury, side effects among patients has raised serious concerns about the safety of the cholesterol-lowering medication. Zocor (simvastatin) falls into a category of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors (statins), which work by reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and increasing the levels of good cholesterol. Zocor was approved by the FDA in low doses in 1991, and in high doses in 1998, and is currently manufactured by drug firm Merck & Co. Zocor is frequently used to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other heart problems in patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes, and other risk factors. Unfortunately, recent side effect studies and FDA warnings have indicated that Zocor may no longer be safe for some patients. If you took Zocor to reduce your cholesterol and have since experienced a rhabdomyolysis side effect, consult a Zocor attorney to discuss your legal options.

Rhabdomyolysis Symptoms and Prognosis

Rhabdomyolysis is the most severe form of myopathy, also known as muscle injury. This condition is characterized by the breakdown of muscle fibers, resulting in the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream, which is then filtered out of the body by the kidneys. Unfortunately, myoglobin breaks down into potentially harmful compounds which can block the structures of the kidneys, potentially resulting in serious kidney damage, kidney failure, and even death. Dead muscle tissue may also cause a large amount of fluid to move from the blood into the muscle, reducing the fluid volume of the body and leading to shock and reduced blood flow to the kidneys.

FDA Warnings and Zocor Side Effect Studies

The frequency of FDA warnings concerning Zocor in recent years has raised significant concerns about the safety of the statin drug. In 2010, the FDA issued an official warning alerting patients and healthcare providers about the potential increased risk of muscle injury associated with the cholesterol-lowering medication, Zocor 80mg. Although myopathy is a known side effect of all statin drugs, the FDA announcement highlighted the greater risk of developing muscle injury, particularly rhabdomyolysis, for patients using higher doses of Zocor.

In June 2011, the FDA announced the implementation of new safety recommendations for high-dose Zocor, because the highest approved dose – 80mg – was linked to an increased risk of muscle injury or myopathy, especially during the first 12 months of use. After considering this severe side effect risk, the FDA recommended that Zocor 80mg only be used in patients who have been taking this high dose for 12 months or more and have experienced no muscle toxicity. The FDA also advised that Zocor 80mg not be prescribed to new patients. This FDA decision was based on the agency's evaluation of the results of clinical trial data, observational studies, and adverse event reports submitted to the FDA. All showed that patients taking Zocor 80mg daily had an increased risk of muscle damage, compared to patients taking a lower dose of the drug or other statins.

Zocor Attorneys for Rhabdomyolysis Side Effects

Regardless of the rhabdomyolysis side effect risk linked to Zocor, it is estimated that 24 million people in the United States alone use the drug to lower their cholesterol. If you or a loved one has suffered from a major muscle injury side effect, and you believe Zocor to be the cause, contact an experienced Zocor attorney to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a Zocor lawsuit against Merck & Co. in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Drug companies like Merck are responsible for the safety of their medications and should be held accountable for any adverse side effects sustained by consumers of their products. Unfortunately, some pharmaceutical companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their drugs in an attempt to make their product more appealing to the public. This deceptive practice puts millions of consumers at risk of suffering serious injury and possibly even death. With the help of a qualified Zocor lawyer, victims of rhabdomyolysis side effects linked to Zocor can protect their rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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