Zocor Dangers

Zocor side effects may be linked to dagerous conditions such as rhabdomyolysis, myopathy, muscle injury, and kidney damage in patients taking Zocor to help lower cholesterol and lawsuits are being considered by attorneys in the US on behalf of victims.

Serious concerns have been raised about one of the most frequently prescribed cholesterol medications, Zocor, due to new information about the life-threatening side effects potentially associated with the drug. Zocor is the brand name of the drug simvastatin, which belongs to a group of medications called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors, or statins. Zocor reduces the levels of bad cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein, while increasing the levels of good cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein, in the blood. Zocor is commonly used to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke and other heart complications in patients with diabetes, coronary heart disease, or other risk factors. The FDA approved low doses of Zocor in 1991, and high doses of the drug seven years later. Zocor is currently manufactured by Merck & Co. If you or a loved one has suffered from a potential Zocor side effect, contact a Zocor attorney to discuss your legal options.

As new information about potential Zocor side effects is evaluated by the FDA, the agency continues to warn patients and healthcare providers about the potential side effects of Zocor. Serious concerns have been raised about the safety of this drug, especially when used in high doses. Despite this potential for causing serious harm, Zocor remains on the market, available to the millions of Americans struggling with high cholesterol. The FDA has issued a number of safety announcements in recent years alerting patients and healthcare professionals about new Zocor side effect information. Most recently, the FDA revised the drug label for Zocor to include new restrictions for use, and notified patients of the potentially fatal side effects associated with high doses of Zocor.

Alleged Zocor Side Effects

In a clinical trial database where over 41,000 patients received Zocor treatment, 60% of which took the drug for at least four years, the incidence of myopathy, or muscle injury, was approximately 0.02%, 0.08%, and 0.53% at 20mg, 40mg, and 80mg per day doses of Zocor, respectively. The severe side effects potentially associated with Zocor use include:

  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Myopathy
  • Muscle Injury
  • Kidney damage

Rhabdomyolysis is the most severe form of myopathy and can lead to severe kidney damage, kidney failure, and even death. An estimated 24 million Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs like Zocor, and an estimated 12 million women are prescribed statin drugs each year. Unfortunately, many Zocor users may be unaware of the potential risk they are exposing themselves to by taking statin drugs like Zocor.

Zocor Side Effects FDA Warnings

The FDA's review of new Zocor side effect information is based on data from clinical trials, observational studies, adverse event reports and prescription use data. The FDA has also reviewed data from the SEARCH trial, which observed cardiovascular events and muscle injury among patients taking 80mg of Zocor compared to 20mg of the drug. In 2010, the FDA issued a safety announcement warning patients and healthcare providers about the increased risk of myopathy, or muscle injury, in patients taking 80mg of Zocor to lower their cholesterol. Although myopathy is a known side effect of all statins, the FDA's recent warning highlights the greater risk of developing muscle injury in patients who are prescribed higher doses of Zocor.

In 2011, the FDA recommended limiting the use of high doses of the cholesterol drug Zocor, after reviewing the results of clinical trials that found a higher risk of muscle damage compared to patients taking lower doses of the drug. The FDA warned that the 80mg dose of Zocor, which is the highest approved dose of the drug, can severely harm muscles, potentially leading to deadly kidney damage. The FDA estimates that five out of every 100,000 people taking Zocor for a year experience these significant and life-threatening side effects. The FDA advises that Zocor 80mg should only be used in patients who have been taking the medication for twelve months or more and have not experienced any muscle toxicity; it should not be prescribed to new patients.

Zocor Attorneys for Side Effects

According to the FDA, approximately two million Americans were prescribed 80mg doses of simvastatin drugs like Zocor in 2010. Due to the potential for Zocor to cause severe side effects, doctors have urged the FDA to include a warning on Zocor's label alerting patients and healthcare providers about the potential side effects of the cholesterol drug. If you or a loved one has suffered from serious side effects, which you believe to be associated with Zocor, contact an experienced Zocor attorney immediately. 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. You are not at fault for any injuries sustained during the proper use of a dangerous drug, and you should not be held accountable for the resulting consequences. Unfortunately, some drug companies intentionally conceal the more serious side effects of their drugs in order to make their products more appealing to the public. This deceptive practice exposes millions of consumers to serious injury and even death, without their knowledge. By hiring a Zocor lawyer to represent your case, you can protect your rights and collect the compensation you deserve.

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