Prescription drugs are supposed to be designed and manufactured to help people with medical conditions, not make those conditions worse or cause an individual to develop new ailments. While every pharmaceutical drug, both over the counter and prescription, runs the risk of side effects, some drugs carry much more serious side effects that outweigh their benefits.
One medication that has the potential to cause serious injury in some patients is Zocor, a popular prescription drug that is taken to lower cholesterol. Zocor is manufactured by Merck & Co. and is included in a family of pharmaceutical drugs called statins. These drugs are used to treat patients with high cholesterol as well as some people with cardiovascular disease. According to reports from the FDA, the serious risks associated with Zocor include:
- kidney damage or failure
- rhabdomyolysis, which is the breakdown of muscle fibers than can weaken muscles, making even the simplest daily tasks difficult or even impossible
It is estimated that about 24 million Americans take Zocor every day. While the serious side effects occur in a small number of consumers, any number is unacceptable when the drug is supposed to help people, not harm them. Other, less serious side effects of Zocor include:
- chest pain
- dark urine
- red, swollen, blistering or peeling skin
- muscle pain (if this symptom is experienced, it would be wise to see a physician immediately as this could be a sign of rhabdomyolysis)
If you or a loved one has developed rhabdomyolysis or if a loved one has passed away after taking Zocor, please contact an experienced Zocor attorney like the ones at Anapol Weiss. Our lawyers have handled and continue to handle a wide variety of pharmaceutical litigation cases and will ensure that you know your legal rights and are compensated justly for your injuries. For more information and to schedule a free consultation, call Anapol Weiss today at (866) 735-2792.