Zocor Muscle Injury Continues to Spur Lawsuits
Zocor muscle injury, or myopathy, has been reported by individuals taking not only the highest, but also low to moderate dosages of anti-cholesterol statin Zocor. Some patients who have experienced severe forms of Zocor muscle injury, including Zocor rhabdomyolysis, have chosen to seek compensation for their pain and suffering, and medical bills, by filing Zocor lawsuits.
FDA warns of Zocor muscle injury risk
On June 8, 2011, the FDA issued a warning about the increased risk of Zocor muscle injury, including Zocor rhabdomyolysis, in patients taking the highest 80mg dose of the drug, also known as simvastatin. Risk of Zocor muscle injury was highest during the first 12 months the 80mg dose was taken, as well as when the drug was taken concurrently with other medications that combined to raise the amount of simvastatin in the blood.
The FDA recommends that because of the increased risk of Zocor muscle injury, no new patients be prescribed the 80mg dose of the drug. Patients who developed Zocor muscle injury after taking an 80mg regimen of Zocor may be eligible to file Zocor lawsuits.
Zocor muscle injury may result in Zocor rhabdomyolysis
Zocor muscle injury, which has formed the basis of Zocor lawsuits, is frequently characterized by muscle pain, tenderness and weakness. The level of discomfort can range from mild to severe and may worsen after physical activity.
A severe form of Zocor muscle injury is the serious and even life-threatening condition known as Zocor rhabdomyolysis. The disease involves the breakdown of muscle tissue to the point that tissue particles are released into the bloodstream. When this occurs, the body tries to get rid of the foreign matter through normal elimination methods. However, the process can tax healthy kidneys, leading to kidney failure and even death in some patients. Symptoms of Zocor rhabdomyolysis include stiff, aching muscles (myalgia), discolored urine (usually dark red or cola-colored), and fatigue.
Zocor rhabdomyolysis may require dialysis
If Zocor muscle injury progresses to the stage of Zocor rhabdomyolysis, treatment may require aggressive hydration to flush the muscle tissue particles out of the system and prevent kidney damage. If damage has already occurred because of Zocor rhabdomyolysis, the patient may require dialysis and other medical procedures to save kidney function.