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Rhabdomyolysis and Lipitor

Rhabdomyolysis is a severe Lipitor Side Effect in which the skeletal muscles rapidly disintegrate releasing the protein myoglobin into the blood and which leaks into the urine. The condition is serious because the myoglobin protein is potentially toxic and damages the kidney cells and the liver in the process. Kidney failure may result.

The skeletal muscles are among the three kinds of muscles in the body. Skeletal muscles are responsible for movement of the skeleton at the joints.

Causes of Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis is caused by several factors including;

  • · Medications such as Lipitor (Atorvastatin) and other drugs in the Statin class;
  • Anesthesia medications, psychiatric medications, HIV medication and Colchine.
  • · Prolonged Coma
  • · Prolonged Seizures
  • · Musculoskeletal Trauma and Accidents
  • · Severe Burns
  • · Physical Torture
  • · Extreme physical workouts and activities such as running a marathon
  • · Genetic diseases of the muscle

Symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis can progress unnoticed since it may not exhibit any symptoms. Severe muscle damage resulting from Rhabdomyolysis will lead to muscle aches, muscle pain, weakness and stiffness. The urine of the patient suffering from Rhabdomyolysis may sometimes have a dark coloration ranging from cola color to red.

Rhabdomyolysis is diagnosed by detecting abnormally high levels of muscle enzymes in the blood. The more the muscles are destroyed, the higher the level of these enzymes in the blood. Myoglobin should not be elevated in the blood or urine. It usually points to Rhabdomyolysis. Urinalysis is also done to determine whether there is myoglobin in the urine of the patient.

Complications of Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis has several complications that include:

  • · Renal failure and acute injury to the kidney or kidney failure
  • · Compartment Syndrome
  • · Electrolyte abnormalities

If Rhabdomyolysis is detected early, then it can be treated and the patient can regain their health but late diagnosis makes it difficult to treat the disease especially in cases where the kidney and liver have been affected. Dialysis or a kidney transplant may be required for such chronic stages of the disease.

Another complication of Rhabdomyolysis is compartment syndrome. This is described by the failure of blood to flow normally through a section of tissue in the body because of pressure build up in the tissue location. It leads to tissue damage and myoglobin eventually seeping into the urine. The pressure may result from accidents to lower limbs or muscle injury that causes swelling therefore creating a pressure zone. It is a serious matter that may require emergency surgery to correct it.

Electrolyte imbalance results when muscle cell contents enter the bloodstream therefore elevating the phosphorus and potassium levels in the blood. This results in an abnormal electrolyte environment that requires correction to regain its normal balance.

Treatment of Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis treatment involves identifying its causes and applying treatments or interventions. If it is caused by Lipitor, then consult a physician to determined if use of the drug should be stopped immediately. If electrolyte complication has already occurred, then a replacement of electrolytes is necessary. If there is an underlying muscle disease, the disease must be identified and treated. A Lipitor Lawsuit may entitle you to compensation that includes the funds you’ll need to deal with this debilitating condition.

For severe cases where kidney failure has occurred the patient will rely on dialysis until a transplant can be arranged. Either way, an affected patient’s lifestyle will have been changed – and not for the better. Dialysis and kidney failure translates into a changed lifestyle that may require a patient to be in and out of hospital frequently, undergo frequent testing and close monitoring by a medical practitioner. Transplants are always risky procedures, and will likely involve lifelong medication and monitoring. Because of these unwanted changes in lifestyle, you or a loved one may end up depleting his or finances because of a medical condition that would have otherwise been avoided were it not for Lipitor usage.

You may also be entitled to compensation for the injuries and losses you suffered if you experienced either of these life-altering changes as a result of Lipitor use.

Lawsuits Arising from Rhabdomyolysis Complications

Rhabdomyolysis cases which stem from the use of Lipitor have resulted in product liability lawsuits. In these cases, plaintiffs are typically represented by their attorneys, who argue in court that the manufacturer, Pfizer, failed to provide adequate warnings regarding the drug’s use to patients and their doctors.

The packaging only came with a black box warning after the FDA investigated the matter. The FDA then directed the company to add detailed warnings regarding the drug use to the bottle packaging. Unfortunately, patients had already been injured by the drug.

Lipitor is used to manage high levels of cholesterol in the body. It is effective in in that regard but research studies show that it causes drastic and debilitating side effects that leave the patient in seriously injured.

Lipitor Lawsuit Compensation

Currently, Lipitor lawsuits claiming that Lipitor usage caused Rhabdomyolysis are seeking compensation for present and anticipated future medical care, present and future lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one is or was a Lipitor user and you believe that Lipitor caused your Rhabdomyolysis, We can assist you,  find out if qualify  for a Lipitor Lawsuit. Call 1-800-499-6652

Coping with Rhabdomyolysis

If you or a loved one has been afflicted with Rhabdomyolysis after taking Lipitor, costly medical attention will likely be needed. If you or a loved one has been unable to work due to the disease, it may be hard or even impossible to pay for medical treatment, let alone everyday living expenses. Even if you have, the disease can pose a great financial strain on you and your family.

The Rhabdomyolysis disease can be crippling to your overall life and you may be forced to have an altered and degraded lifestyle. If you believe you or a loved one has been seriously injured by using  Lipitor, contact us today to determine your eligibility to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for you injuries and losses.

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