Zocor Rhabdomyolysis: Fleeting or Fatal?
Rhabdomyolysis, one of the most dangerous Zocor side effects, may be reversible once patients stop taking the popular anti-cholesterol drug. Zocor rhabdomyolysis is serious form of muscle injury which causes muscle cells and fibers to enter the bloodstream. The condition can induce compromised kidney function and even cause death for certain individuals. However, for some patients, merely discontinuing treatment with Zocor can reverse the degenerative process as muscles heal.
Zocor Rhabdomyolysis may be life threatening
The most extreme cases of Zocor rhabdomyolysis occur when muscle fibers lose cohesion and release a protein (myoglobin) into the bloodstream which the kidneys cannot effectively filter. Symptoms include weakness, tenderness and dark urine. If left untreated, Zocor rhabdomyolysis can block the blood flow to the kidneys and cause shock, renal failure and even death.
Other Zocor Side Effects
Rhabdomyolysis and other muscle injuries are among the most commonly recognized Zocor effects. In June 2011, the FDA announced a link between the highest 80 mg dose of Zocor and an increased likelihood of sustaining a serious muscle injury. Doctors will no longer be able to issue new prescriptions of the powerful dose. However, patients are cautioned to maintain their current dosing until they have consulted with their physicians. Furthermore, patients who have taken the medication without a reported incident of muscle injury are less likely to develop one as a result of the 80 mg dose.
Whereas Zocor rhabdomyolysis is capable of causing kidney damage, other Zocor side effects may cause other systemic damage. The drug can cause elevated liver enzyme levels resulting in liver disease, cirrhosis, and death. Some patients experience muscle weakness and gastrointestinal problems (nausea, diarrhea, gas) while on the drug. Researchers are also conducting studies into determining a possible relationship between Zocor side effects and neurological conditions, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neuron syndrome or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.
Reversing Zocor Side Effects
It is possible to reverse Zocor side effects, including Zocor rhabdomyolysis, once the patient stops taking the drug. Kidney damage will heal without the drug in the patient’s system as muscle fibers regain cohesion and stop secreting myoglobin. Muscle injury and liver damage may also repair itself once the drug is out of the system.
However, physical recovery from conditions related to Zocor side effects may not preclude a patient from seeking legal recovery. Zocor lawyers are currently evaluating the medical records of patients all over the country. Many patients may find themselves eligible to file a Zocor lawsuit.