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 requires the causative factor to be identified and intervention applied. If it is caused by Lipitor, then the 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 grant you the funds you need to deal with this debilitating condition.
For severe cases where kidney failure has occurred then the patient will rely on dialysis until that time when he or she will be able to get a kidney donor. This is a big change in lifestyle and if it is as a result of drug use, then the patient is free to seek legal intervention. Dialysis and kidney failure translates into a changed lifestyle that may require a patient to be in and out of hospital frequently, undergo several tests and close monitoring by a medical practitioner.
Because of this change in lifestyle, the patient may end up depleting his life savings because of a medical condition that would have otherwise been avoided were it not for the drug intake such as Lipitor. This is one of the Lipitor Side Effects that is commonly featured in a lawsuit.
Lawsuits arising from Rhabdomyolysis Complications
Rhabdomyolysis cases which stem from the use of Lipitor have ended up in product liability lawsuits in court. The plaintiffs represented by their attorneys 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 regulating body 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 its intent but leaves debilitating side effects that leave the patient in bad condition when compared to days when he or she had not started on the Lipitor medication.
Lipitor Lawsuit Compensation
Currently, Lipitor lawsuits resulting in Rhabdomyolysis are being compensated for lost wages, suffering caused to the patient by Lipitor, and medical bills arising from Rhabdomyolysis if it can be proven that the disease was indeed brought about by Lipitor.
Patients are encouraged to file a lawsuit if they suspect that they might have fallen sick with Rhabdomyolysis as a result of using Lipitor. Our firm specializes in drug injury cases such as the Lipitor lawsuit and we offer free consultation services to patients intending to file for a lawsuit against Pfizer Inc.
If you have been deeply affected by Rhabdomyolysis and your health has deteriorated, you need medical attention that is high quality. This can be very costly especially if you have been out of work due to the disease. Even with a job, the disease can pose a great financial strain on your family.
By filing a lawsuit with our Lipitor attorneys, you are taking the first step towards ensuring that you protect your loved ones. The Rhabdomyolysis disease can be crippling to your overall life and you may be forced to have an altered and degraded lifestyle. By filing a lawsuit, you are entitled to financial compensation that may cover all your medical bills and protect your savings.
This move also secures your future and the future of your loved ones. Fill out our online form today and let us analyze your situation to see if you qualify for compensation. We do not charge for consultations. If complete our online form, you will be contacted within 24 hours by a qualified Lipitor attorney.
Take action today and speak with our Lipitor attorneys. We can help you. Rhabdomyolysis is so severe that it may warrant your receipt of a Lipitor Settlement.