Dangerous Lipitor Side Effects
Pfizer is currently being sued by hundreds of consumers who took the prescription drug Lipitor, a cholesterol lowering medication.
Lipitor belongs to a class of drugs known as statins. Lipitor is a particularly potent statin, and consequently is more prone to causing Lipitor side effects.
While Lipitor is indeed effective at lowering cholesterol levels, consumers are reporting serious side effects and illnesses as a result of taking this drug.
Some of the more severe complications of taking Lipitor can include:
- Type II diabetes
- Muscle problems
- Kidney damage
- Liver problems
The number of Lipitor lawsuits is skyrocketing because Pfizer failed to appropriately warn consumers of the risks of taking Lipitor.
If Pfizer had been responsible in warning the public about the risks involved with taking this drug, consumers and healthcare providers could have taken the necessary steps to help prevent some of these complications from arising.
Currently, litigation is focusing on post-menopausal women with a BMI (body mass index) of 32 or lower who took Lipitor and subsequently were diagnosed with type II diabetes. However, we still recommend you contact us for free claims advice even if you don’t fall into this category, as you may be eligible for a Lipitor lawsuit.
For example, claims that Lipitor can lead to rhabdomyolysis, a condition involving the breakdown of muscle tissue are surfacing left and right.
If you have been adversely affected by Lipitor you may be eligible for compensation. Click here for more information on the Lipitor rhabdomyolysis connection.
Lipitor Causes Type II Diabetes
Thousands of Lipitor consumers are receiving terrible news: they have now developed type II diabetes as a direct result of taking Lipitor.
This news is shocking patients across the country, as Pfizer has not been forthcoming to the public that this medication significantly increases the risk of contracting type II diabetes.
Post-menopausal women are particularly at risk for developing diabetes while taking Lipitor, although other populations such as men and pre-menopausal women are also being affected.
Several scientific studies over the past decade have confirmed the fact: Lipitor significantly increases the risk of developing type II diabetes, especially in post-menopausal women. Read more about these studies by clicking here.
These are women who would not otherwise be at risk for diabetes, women who now have to live with this chronic and life-changing disease.
How could Lipitor Cause Type II Diabetes?
Although scientists have established a clear causal relationship between Lipitor and type II diabetes (meaning they have found that Lipitor indeed causes type II diabetes to develop), exactly how this happens is still unclear.
Studies have shown that taking Lipitor or other statins decreases the body’s ability to control blood sugar levels. People who take Lipitor often have abnormally high blood sugar.
Scientists suspect that the drug may be interfering with the pancreas’ ability to produce insulin, and/or decrease the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that lowers blood sugar levels when released into the bloodstream. The cells of the body (muscle cells for instance) need sugar for energy.
The particular kind of sugar the body uses to fuel its cells is called glucose.
Insulin signals cells to take in more glucose (aka sugar), thus removing the sugar from bloodstream as it moves into the various different kinds of cells in the body.
Type II diabetes develops when the body stops producing enough insulin, or when the cells stop responding properly to the insulin.
When there isn’t enough insulin, or the insulin isn’t working properly a person’s blood sugar level will rise, because the sugar is no longer being moved into the cells, and builds up in the bloodstream instead.
You may have heard the term “insulin resistance” before. Insulin resistance means that the body’s cells have stopped responding properly to the insulin, which causes the blood sugar levels to rise.
The exact physiological pathways that cause type II diabetes are still unknown, but we know it has to do with decreased insulin production, and insulin no longer working as it should, which is exactly what long-term use of Lipitor does to the body.
If you are taking Lipitor, it is important that you monitor your blood sugar levels, and be aware of the early signs of type II diabetes to protect yourself from this dangerous and chronic illness.
The Lipitor Lawsuits
Consumers affected by this drug are now in the process of suing Pfizer for their gross negligence in failing to warn the public about the extreme and severe side effects Lipitor causes.
The Lipitor lawsuit claims allege that Pfizer either knew, or should have known about the more dangerous side effects of Lipitor, because the pharmaceutical companies are required to test their drugs thoroughly before releasing them onto the market for sale.
Another problem is that they failed to warn the consumers properly. For example, in 2012 the FDA mandated Pfizer to add a warning about type II diabetes on the Lipitor label. Instead of making a clear warning, Pfizer was elusive and did not come out and say directly that Lipitor could cause diabetes.
One of the Lipitor lawsuit claimants commented, “The warning might as well have been Greek to me.”
The litigation currently focuses on post-menopausal women with a BMI of 32 or lower who have contracted type II diabetes, as there have been numerous medical institutions publishing conclusive scientific evidence of how Lipitor increases the risk of type II diabetes for these women.
However, it would appear that Lipitor can cause diabetes in other populations as well, such as men or pre-menopausal women.
If you have been hurt by Lipitor it is important to contact us and see if you are eligible for a Lipitor lawsuit claim, because he medical bills resulting from the various Lipitor side effects can be very costly.
The Lipitor Settlement
The Lipitor settlement is imminent. Lipitor side effects have hurt many of their users and the resulting medical bills can be very costly.
In addition to medical bills, Lipitor users may experience a decrease in quality of life, as well as lost wages due to illnesses or injuries caused by Lipitor.
It is also possible that Pfizer may be ordered to pay punitive damages as part of the compensation for Lipitor. Punitive damages are additional amounts of compensation the defendant has to pay which are meant to discourage them from repeating such negligence in the future.
We at Consumer Claims Center of America are helping those who have been hurt by Lipitor fight back. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free case evaluation. We will help you get the Lipitor settlement you deserve.
Fill out our Lipitor Lawsuit Form on the top right-hand corner of this page, or call our toll-free number below to start your Lipitor lawsuit today!