Many people have turned to drugs that help reduce cholesterol levels known as statins. However, recently scientists have shown that some patients cannot take any statins at all.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Chicago recently that was also published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated that 409 patients who said they had been failed by at least two statins were randomly assigned to either received Pfizer’s Lipitor, generically known as atorvastatin, or placebo. Then they were all switched from Lipitor to placebo.
Of those in the study, 42.6%, or 209 of the patients, showed muscle side effects when they were on Lipitor but not when they were on placebo. This gives credence to the suspicion that many patients who are complaining may really have been experiencing side effects related to taking the statin.
Doctors are encouraged to listen to their patients who are prescribed statins such as Lipitor and not simply put their patients on another drug. It could point toward more serious health risks. Conversely, patients should let their doctors know about any side-effects while on such statin drugs because these issues could worsen over time.
Even though many patients are able to reduce their risk of stroke or heart attack by taking statins such as Lipitor, others may experience serious issues such as developing Type II diabetes after having taken Lipitor.
If you or a loved one has developed Type II diabetes or any other serious medical condition while taking the drug Lipitor, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and ongoing care. There are, however, time limits to filing a lawsuit so you need to take the legal steps necessary to be eligible for a settlement.
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