Zocor Side Effects

Zocor muscle injury side effects like rhabdomyolysis may lead to injury lawsuits being filed by patients. If you have been affected by the statin drug Zocor, contact a Zocor attorney for legal help.

Recent side effect studies and FDA warnings have evaluated the potential side effects of the cholesterol drug Zocor, warning patients that this medication may be linked to the development of life-threatening muscle injury side effects among patients. Zocor (simvastatin) belongs to a class of prescription drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, better known as statins. Zocor functions by reducing the levels of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) in the blood, while also increasing the levels of good cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein. The FDA approved Zocor at low doses in 1991 and at high doses seven years later, and the drug is currently manufactured by Merck & Co. Since its introduction to the market, Zocor has been used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack and other heart problems in patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes, or other risk factors. Unfortunately, new side effect information suggests that Zocor may no longer be safe in the treatment of these or other patients. If you took Zocor to treat your high cholesterol and have since suffered from a serious muscle injury side effect, contact a Zocor attorney to discuss your legal options.

Side Effect Risks Associated with Zocor Therapy

The most prevalent side effect potentially linked to Zocor use is myopathy, or muscle injury, a disease in which the muscle fibers do not function properly, resulting in muscular weakness. The most severe form of myopathy is rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which the breakdown of muscle fibers results in the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the bloodstream to be filtered out of the body by the kidneys. Unfortunately, myoglobin breaks down into potentially harmful compounds, which may block the structures of the kidney, potentially causing severe kidney damage, kidney failure, or death.

FDA Warnings and Zocor Side Effect Studies

Over the past few years, the FDA has issued a number of safety announcements warning consumers about the side effect risks linked to Zocor. In 2010, the FDA issued an official warning alerting patients and healthcare professionals about the potential for increased risk of muscle injury from the cholesterol-lowering medication Zocor 80mg. Although muscle injury (myopathy) is a known side effect of all statins, the FDA's announcement highlighted the greater risk of developing muscle injury, including rhabdomyolysis, for patients when they use higher doses of the drug.

In June 2011, the FDA announced new safety recommendations for high-dose simvastatin (Zocor), because the highest approved dose – 80mg – was associated with an elevated risk of muscle injury or myopathy, particularly during the first 12 months of use. In light of this myopathy side effect risk, the agency recommended that Zocor 80mg be used only in patients who have been taking this dose for 12 months or more and have not experienced any muscle toxicity. The FDA also advised that Zocor not be prescribed to new patients. This FDA warning was based on the agency's review of the results of clinical trial data, observational studies, and analyses of adverse events submitted to the agency. All showed that patients taking simvastatin (Zocor) 80mg daily had an increased risk of muscle injury compared to patients taking lower doses of simvastatin (Zocor) or other statin drugs.

Zocor Attorneys for Side Effects

It is estimated that 24 million people in the United States alone are prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs like Zocor. Unfortunately, many of these patients may be unaware of the risks they may be exposing themselves to, just by taking their prescription medication. If you or a loved one has suffered from a side effect which you believe to be associated with Zocor, contact a Zocor attorney for legal help. You may have grounds to file a Zocor lawsuit against Merck & Co. in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries, the medical cost of treating your injuries, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family. It is the duty of pharmaceutical companies to produce safe medications, and to warn consumers immediately of any side effects linked to their drugs. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. With the help of a qualified Zocor lawyer, victims of potential Zocor side effects can protect their rights and collect the compensation they are entitled to.

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