If you are (or recently have been) taking Crestor to control your cholesterol level, you should be aware of the following. While all prescription drugs have the potential to produce undesirable side effects, some of these adverse reactions can be serious, cause long-term damage, or even be life-threatening. Crestor appears to be in that category. It is more controversial than any other cholesterol-lowering medication introduced to date. Crestor is one of a class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins. Crestor and similar medications reduce the level of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the blood. In addition to being prescribed for those with high LDL levels, some doctors have prescribed Crestor as a preventative.
Crestor (generic name – rosuvastatin), manufactured by AstraZaneca, was approved by the FDA in 2003 after some delay due to safety concerns during the clinical trials by the manufacturer. There were reports of kidney damage and muscle cell breakdown during the trials Some consumer watchdog groups have put pressure on the FDA to issue a recall of Crestor, but to date the FDA has only issued a health advisory emphasizing recommendations on the original label.
While Crestor also has the additional benefit of raising “good” cholesterol in the body, lawsuits have recently been filed citing kidney damage and at least one death due to kidney failure by a Crestor user. And not insignificantly, during tests prior to Crestor’s approval, several people taking the drug developed a condition known as rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue.The rate of kidney failure as reported is approximately 75 times higher for Crestor users than for those taking other statins.
In addition to muscle deterioration and kidney problems, Crestor users may also be at a higher risk of heart failure due to release of potassium into the bloodstream from damaged muscle tissue. Abnormal and even fatal heart rhythms can be the result of increased potassium levels. The American Heart Association’s journal, Circulation, recently published the results of a study indicating that Crestor users face.
If your doctor has prescribed Crestor to lower your cholesterol and you have experienced side effects such as muscle weakness, headaches, dizziness, back pain, or joint pain, you should discuss your concerns with your doctor. Keep in mind that FDA approval is no guarantee for a drug’s safety. Often problems surface long after a drug has been approved and has been in use for some time. And if you believe you have sustained a personal injury as a result of taking statin, contact the defective drug attorneys at Lord & Faris today for a free consultation. We’ve helped many Minnesotans just like you to obtain adequate compensation for their injuries from dangerous drugs and defective medical devices.
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