Lipitor Side Effects & Diabetes Risk
The increasing number of Lipitor lawsuits claim that Pfizer failed to adequately warn its Lipitor users that they are at increased risk of developing various Lipitor side effects including Type 2 Diabetes (particularly in the case of postmenopausal women). Lipitor was the world’s largest selling drug until its 2012 release off of patent. In 2012, the FDA required Pfizer to update Lipitor’s label to include warnings of increased risk for diabetes.
What is Lipitor?
Lipitor was FDA approved in December of 1996. It is prescribed in 10 mg to 80 mg tablets that are taken daily. The cholesterol drug is known to lower risk of chest pain, stroke, heart attack, or certain heart and blood vessel problems in people who have certain risk factors. This medicine is an HMG-CoA inhibitor,
If you or a loved one (particularly postmenopausal women) were diagnosed with diabetes (or any other Liptor side effects) while on Lipitor, you may have a claim for monetary recovery. We are Investigating and representing Lipitor side effects victim claims in all 50 states.
Lipitor (Atorvastatin) a cholesterol drug, when taken in high dosages is linked to the increased development of type 2 diabetes.
* “Risks may largely exist among people who also have the well-known risk factors for type 2 diabetes — including excess weight, high blood sugar, elevated triglycerides (blood fat) and high blood pressure.”
* According to recent studies on people with cardiovascular disease published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, based on data from three clinical trials comparing high-dose atorvastatin (80 milligrams) with either a lower dose statin or placebo pills.
The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) statin study, which was published in January, 2012, also concluded statin medications such as Lipitor used by postmenopausal women were associated with an increased risk for diabetes mellitus (DM). The WHI statin study was of over 150,000 women designed solely to analyze the link between Lipitor and diabetes. “This may be a medication class effect. Further study by statin type and dose may reveal varying risk levels for new-onset DM in this population, ” researchers had stated.
The Archives of Internal Medicine found that women between the ages of 50 and 79 who took statin medicines like Lipitor were 48 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who did not.
The FDA publicly required an additional diabetes warning for Lipitor in February 2012. We believe this label change was inadequate. We also believe there are thousands of women who may have developed Type-II Diabetes from Lipitor. Diabetes case involving Lipitor could have been avoided had Pfizer provided adequate warnings.
Lipitor Side Effects & Enhanced Diabetes Risk Causes
The increased rate of statins, causing Diabetes Type 2, was published in a recent British Medical Journal study. The study confirmed that those prescribed Lipitor experienced a 22 percent increased risk for diabetes. Researchers drew participants for the study from three medical databases in Ontario, Canada, which provided the health records of more than 1.5 million patients ages 66 or older who did not have diabetes. To be eligible for the study, patients had to start statin therapy after August 1997 and have five years of follow-up after treatment began. Nearly 500,000 patients met these requirements.
The higher the dosage of Lipitor, the more at risk an individual is prone to suffering from Liptor side effects. In addition to causing diabetes, the victims risk of heart attack and stroke are also very high.
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) disrupt cellular processes by the depletion of isoprenoids and dolichol. This event shows effects of statins are very much related to the cause of high dosages to which side effects occur. Below are the common Lipitor side effects which are associated with the drug’s enhanced Diabetes Risks:
- CoQ10 Nutrient Blockage
- Skin Rashes
- Severe Muscle Pain and Aches
- Overdose due to High Dosages
- Liver Problems
Generic Lipitor Warning: Manufacturer Halts Production of Drug
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Crestor Diabetes Risk
Crestor is a drug that has been prescribed since 2003. It is used to reduce the amount of cholesterol in a patient’s blood. It is a statin.
Crestor is one of at least six widely prescribed statin drugs. The others are: Lipitor, Lascol, Mevacor, Zocor and Pravacol
Unfortunately, there have been many documented Crestor side effects including Diabetes (documented to be a 9% side effect for all Crestor patients), cardiomyopathies, kidney damage, total renal failure and a serious muscle disease known as rhabdomyolysis. Cardiomyopathy is when the heart muscle becomes diseased leading to a breakdown of the heart and its valves. Cardiomyopathy causes difficulty in breathing and feet swelling from lack of circulation, swollen ankles and rapid heartbeat.
We are investigating Crestor side effects claims throughout the 50 states of patients who have developed diabetes, kidney damage, rhabdomyolysis, and Cardiomyopathy while on this drug.
There is no charge for our services. We are contingency lawyers and that means we only charge if we first obtain a recovery against the manufacturer. Otherwise, there is absolutely no cost to you.
Further, major medical studies are coming out concerning various Crestor side effects in patients. We are a national personal injury law firm involved in representing and litigating pharmaceutical prescription drug cases against manufacturers. If you or your loved one has developed any Crestor side effects including diabetes, cardiomyopathy, rhabdomyolysis or kidney damage or kidney failure, please contact one of our lawyers immediately. You may contact us by completing the form in the upper-right corner of this page, or calling us toll free at 1-800-718-4658. You or loved one may be entitled to financial recovery for your injuries.
Do I Have A Lipitor or Crestor Side Effect Claim?
If you or a loved has been diagnosed with diabetes while taking Lipitor or Crestor, call us today at 1-800-718-4658 to speak to a qualified intake specialist. There is no charge for the phone call or to hire us. You can also complete the “Do I have a Case” form on the right. The national prescription drug side effect lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen are successful and aggressive attorneys who advocate relentlessly against pharmaceutical manufacturers for their clients.We are presently investigating Lipitor and Crestor Diabetes Risk Enhanced claims. We handle all individual Lipitor and Crestor claims.A member of our Pharmaceutical Side Effect Legal Team will respond to you within 24 hours.