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Lipitor and Other Statins May Cause Memory Problems and Diabetes Side Effects

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Your doctor may have warned you about adding a cholesterol-lowering drugs to your regular medications. While this class of drugs, called statins, can lower the levels of “bad” cholesterol in a patient’s body, they have also been linked to a number of serious side effects—some of which can be life threatening.

Statins, such as Crestor, Zocor, and Lipitor, have led to an increase in memory problems for many patients taking the drug. In some studies, patients taking statins were four times as likely to report forgetting names and phrases, becoming confused easily, and other cognitive problems. Even the FDA warns against the risks of statins, acknowledging reports of cognitive impairment, including memory loss, forgetfulness, and confusion, on its warnings page.

The FDA also advises caution for patients due to other health risks, including:

  • Liver injuries. Statins help reduce the production of cholesterol in the liver, but can also cause damage to the renal tissues in some patients. According to the FDA, liver injuries associated with statin use are “rare,” but do occur. Patients who suffer from fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort (especially in the upper right torso), yellowing of the skin, or dark or bloody urine should contact their health care provider immediately.
  • Diabetes risks. Treatment from statins such as Crestor (rosuvastatin) may raise blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes in some patients.
  • Muscle damage. Some patients have been injured due to a statin’s interaction with other medications. In particular, lovastatin (known as Mevacor) can interact with other drugs and increase the risk of muscle damage.

What Should I Do If I Suffered an Injury From My Cholesterol Medication?

If your doctor failed to adequately warn you of the risks of taking statins, you could pursue a dangerous drug claim against the hospital and the drug manufacturer. At Wayne Wright LLP, we offer free consultations to all new clients, and you will pay no attorney fees unless we win your case. Call us at 800-237-3334 to have us start investigating your case today!


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