Our Zocor® lawyers offer free case reviews for people who believe they've suffered a serious complication as a result of taking the cholesterol medication, Zocor® (simvastatin). If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a serious muscle problem that has led to kidney damage or any other serious condition after taking Zocor®, we may be able to help you.
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80 mg Dose May Pose Serious Risks
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been evaluating the results of studies over the last three years that indicate 80 mg of Zocor® daily is too high a dose to be safe except for in a select group of patients.
Only those patients who have been taking Zocor® (simvastatin) at the 80 mg/day level for more than a year with no adverse effects should be taking the drug at this level, the FDA has warned the public and health care providers in a series of news alerts and warnings about the drug.
The dose of Zocor® for new patients on the medication should not be as high as 80 mg/day and those taking a lower dose of the drug should not have their doses raised to the 80 mg/day level, the FDA warned.
Serious Side Effects of Zocor®
The FDA, in reviewing the data of numerous studies and clinical trials, has found that the 80 mg/day dose can cause myopathy and a much more serious related disease, rhabdomyolysis. Both are disorders of the muscle. Myopathy is pain in the muscles, and patients on many types of statins experience myopathy.
Rhabdomyolysis, however, an intensified version of myopathy, is a much more serious disorder. In patients with rhabdomyolysis, the muscle tissue breaks down and releases myoglobin, one of its breakdown products, into the bloodstream. This substance then gets broken down further into toxic materials that can clog the kidney tubules, leading to kidney disease, kidney failure and death.
Simvastatin is sold as a single-ingredient generic medicine under the brand name Zocor®. It also is distributed in combination with ezetimibe as Vytorin®, and with niacin as Simcor®. The drug is prescribed along with a recommendation for a proper diet and exercise to lower the amount of bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood.
The FDA said that an estimated 2.1 million patients in the U.S. were prescribed a product containing 80 mg of simvastatin in 2010.
Who Should Contact a Zocor® Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has been taking Zocor® and have been diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, you should contact a Zocor® attorney find out if you qualify to be compensated for this painful, life-threatening disorder. Our lawyers are available to review cases on behalf of patients nationwide.