There are many side effects that have been reported by patients to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and these have led to the filing of several lawsuits, news reports say. The effects of Lipitor among men and women who have taken it may have a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes, according to the safety information released by the FDA, although this is not the only problem linked to the use of these cholesterol-lowering drugs. The lawsuits filed by several patients are still pending in different state courts and some plaintiffs are looking to settle their case. News about a move to consolidate all the cases were released but the federal panel denies the formation of a multidistrict litigation.
There are also some who have experienced developing liver problems and muscle weakness after starting the statin therapy. Patients who have experienced these problems claim that the cholesterol-lowering drug was the cause of their health problems. These cases were assessed before officially filing it in court. Federal law states that pharmaceutical companies need to provide patients with the necessary information pertaining to the use of the drug. Advertisements of drug companies need to provide a balance of the risks and benefits of the said medication, although direct consumer advertising may be able to avoid these strict rules in advertising because the benefits are at times overinflated while the risks are downsized.
This has been the case why patients claim to be unaware of the risks or the degree of the risks in taking some of these prescription medications, including Lipitor. Cases after cases have piled up due to these claims, some patients have been waiting to settle their case. Even with all these controversy, statins are now being used as a preventive treatment for those who are at risk of developing heart diseases and stroke. Lipitor may not be taken together with other medications may also cause health complications. Patients are advised by health care providers to avoid missing Lipitor or other statins with protease inhibitors, cyclosporine, fibrates, niacin, colchicine and grapefruit.
Still, Lipitor is one of the leading cholesterol-lowering medications in the market and it is being sold worldwide. Several studies are being made to ensure that these medications are safe for the millions of men and women who are taking it. Patients who have experienced these complications who are contemplating of filing a case may be able to gather information through the aid of a Lipitor lawyer.
Drugs that help in decreasing cholesterol levels (commonly known as statins, especially Lipitor) were found to cause memory lossamong women who are using it, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Problems with recalling recent events have been reported by those who were using Lipitor and other statins to lower their high cholesterol. To update consumers of these new hazards, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued that drug companies include memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion as part of the cognitive impairments related to the use of these drugs.
Even long after the patent of Lipitor has ended, the drug still remains to be one of the top brands that most doctors choose to use, medical reports say. Patients who have been prescribed with this drug have shared the impression that after a year or two of taking it daily they have experienced muscle problems and noticeable changes in their mental capacity. Deterioration of mental capacity of these patients were observed by the people around them. Men and women immediately stopped taking their medications after discovering that there is a link between the statins and these problems. Doctors were first unaware of this problem but started to suspect the connection after patients described their experiences.
Muscle weakness is the most common side effects reported by male and female patients but cognitive impairment comes in second. The full effects of these medications is not yet clear, especially if they would create irreversible brain damage or not. How these drugs seem to affect the human brain is still being studied by researchers. An investigation initiated by the FDA has already been started though these effects are rare because in short periods of time healthy men and women became disabled.
Patients were advised by Amy G. Egan, deputy director for safety in the FDA, to avoid stopping the medication without notifying their physicians because it might increase the risk of a heart attack. However, patients are free to choose if they would still continue with their treatment or not. Downplaying the risks while upselling the benefits is commonly found among studies funded by medical companies, shares Julian Whitaker of Whitaker Wellness Institute Medical Clinic. Several specialists have also taken an interest in the effects of Lipitor and other statins on the cognitive functions and have written books and articles about their observations.