Lipitor Lawsuit Lawyers
Please note: Our law firm no longer accepts Lipitor cases.
Lipitor (Atorvastatin Calcium), a statin used to control cholesterol, is similar to the medications Crestor, Levacor, Zochor, Provochol. Lipitor has been shown to raise diabetes risk, particularly for women over 60. Contact an experienced Lipitor Lawyer for a free legal consultation regarding a potential Lipitor Lawsuit.
Lipitor Side Effects
Made by Pfizer, Lipitor was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996, when little was known of its “side effects” which are well known today:
* Stomach ache, often associated with excessive cramping and lack of bowel movement
* Muscular pain, especially in the joint areas
* Increased pressure in the eyes
* Improper liver function, causing liver damage
* Urinary tract infections
* Kidney stones
* Abnormal heart rhythms
* Onset of Type II Diabetes, especially in women over 63
Lipitor Warnings & Dangers Emerge
In 2009 the FDA issued new prescribing guidelines for Lipitor as it was found to increase the risk of muscular damage. In 2011, Pfizer was required to place more warnings on Lipitor because of possible liver damage. In 2012, a study found that women, especially after menopause, had a significant increase in the chance of suffering Type II Diabetes when using Lipitor.
2012 Type II Diabetes Study
A study conducted by The Women’s Health Initiative found a link between statin drugs and the incidence of Type II Diabetes. The study found that women, especially those who have already experienced menopause, have a 50 percent higher risk of acquiring diabetes if they use cholesterol lowering medications.
Each woman who began the 12-year-long test began it without having Type II Diabetes. The test further showed women above the age of 63 with a body mass index (BMI)* below 25, as well as women of Asian ancestry have the highest risk of acquiring Type II Diabetes when using a cholesterol-lowering statin.
The Women’s Health study further concluded that the best and safest way to reduce cholesterol is through diet and exercise.
*BMI (body mass index) measures weight relative to height. BMI does not measure body fat directly, but has been shown to correlate to more reliable measures of body fat such as underwater weighing. BMI is considered an accurate alternative for body fat measurement.
The breakdown: BMI below 18.5 is underweight; 18.5 – 24.9 normal; 25.0 – 29.9 overweight; 30 plus is obese.