Zocor® (Simvastatin) and Liver Damage
If you were prescribed Zocor® or its generic, simvastatin, and were diagnosed with liver damage, you might be eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact our Zocor® lawyers today.
Does Zocor® Cause Liver Problems?
Zocor® (simvastatin) is a cholesterol-lowering statin and prescription medication that has been linked to an increase in the risk of serious side effects, including liver damage. Occasionally, Zocor® may cause an increase in liver enzymes, which if left unchecked can result in permanent liver damage.
In most instances, the problem can be reversed if the patient stops taking Zocor®. And in mild cases, a doctor might decide to keep a patient on the drug if he or she believes the benefits outweigh the risks.
Liver problems can develop without symptoms. Thus, it is recommended that patients who start taking Zocor® have a blood test six weeks after beginning treatment to ensure that their liver is functioning normally. After that, patients might be checked once a year.
Symptoms of Liver Damage
Patients with liver disease may have very mild or no symptoms. However, patients with more serious liver disease develop symptoms and signs that may or may not be specific to liver damage. Non-specific symptoms do not necessarily indicate liver disease and could be confused with the symptoms of another disorder while specific symptoms are those indicative of liver disease.
Nonspecific symptoms include:
- Vague abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
Specific symptoms include:
- Yellowing of the skin due to the accumulation of bilirubin in the blood
- Easy bruising
If cirrhosis of the liver occurs those symptoms related to that include:
- Fluid accumulation on the legs and abdomen
- Mental confusion
- Kidney failure
- Vulnerability to bacterial infections
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
Contact Our Zocor® Attorneys Today
If you were prescribed Zocor® and were diagnosed with a debilitating side effect including but not limited to liver damage, please contact our Zocor® attorneys. You may be eligible to file a claim to get compensation for your loss. Our attorneys provide free initial consultations for people who believe they may have claim. Call today and schedule a free review of your case.