Alabama Zocor Litigation Group
The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC continues to accept new clients who were injured by Zocor. We continue to prosecute claims on behalf of those who suffered injuries as a result. Studies have shown that this drug is linked to muscle damage, myopathy, rhabdomyolysis and kidney failure. Zocor is manufactured, marketed, and sold by global health care company Merck & Company, Inc.
Manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co., Zocor is an FDA-approved prescription medication used to lower cholesterol and triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood. Zocor is in a group of drugs called HMG CoA reductase inhibitors that reduce levels of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of “good” cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). In addition to being prescribed to treat high cholesterol, Zocor is also commonly used to lower the risk of stroke, heart attack and other complications in patients with diabetes, coronary heart disease and other risk factors. Yet despite its relative effectiveness at treating these conditions, high doses of Zocor have recently been linked to a number of potentially life-threatening side effects.
Zocor Side Effects
Patients prescribed the 80 mg. dose of Zocor have an increased risk of developing:
- Muscle Damage
- Kidney failure
- Kidney damage
Rhabdomyolysis refers to the rapid breakdown of skeletal muscle, which results in the release of muscle fiber contents (myoglobin) into the blood stream. Myoglobin is harmful to the kidneys and often results in severe kidney damage and / or kidney failure. The diagnosis of rhabdomyolysis is typically identified with the help of blood tests and urinalysis. Signs and symptoms of Zocor-induced rhabdomyolysis depend on the severity of the condition, and may include:
- Muscle pain
- Tenderness, weakness or swelling of the affected muscles
- Low blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rate and rhythm
Zocor Kidney Failure
Kidney failure (also commonly referred to as renal failure) is the sudden loss of the ability of the kidneys to remove waste and concentrate urine without losing electrolytes. The disease can occur from an acute situation, chronic problems or from medications like Zocor. Signs and symptoms of Zocor-induced kidney failure include:
- Weight Loss
- Nocturnal urination
- More/less frequency of urination habits
- Bone damage
- Muscle cramps
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Muscle paralysis
- Swelling of the legs, ankles, feet or hands
- Low blood pressure
Myopathy is a muscular disease in which the muscle fibers do not function, resulting in severe muscular weakness. The primary defect of myopathy is within the muscle, as opposed to the nerves or elsewhere. Signs and symptoms of Zocor-induced myopathy include:
- Muscle weakness
- Tetany (involuntary contraction of the muscles)
In a clinical trial where 41,050 patients were treated with Zocor – the majority of which were treated for at least 4 years – the incidence of myopathy was approximately:
- 0.02% at 20 mg./day
- 0.08% at 40 mg./day
- 0.53% at 80 mg./day
Additionally, the FDA analyzed results of the SEARCH trial, which evaluated the number of cardiovascular events in 6,031 patients taking the 80 mg. dose of Zocor compared to 6,033 patients taking 20 mg. of Zocor. The cumulative results showed a significantly higher percentage of myopathy in the 80 mg. group.
Contact Alabama Zocor Injury Law Firm
If you suffered any of the side effects noted above after Zocor use, you may have a defective product claim against Merck & Company, Inc. Call our Birmingham, Alabama, offices today for a free consultation.
Our toll free number is 1 - (800) 200-3604. Do not wait another day and risk losing your claim. The attorneys at The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC continue to accept Zocor clients and we continue to file lawsuits nationwide. Due to your injury, you may be able to recover damages (monetary compensation) for your pain, suffering, and medical treatment expenses.
The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC 's experienced injury trial lawyers have extensive experience with product liability claims, specifically those involving defective and dangerous drugs.
Zocor Lawsuits and Legal Representation
The Zocor side effect lawyers at The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC have a proven track record of success in helping our clients obtain compensation for injuries resulting from the use of dangerous medications like Zocor. Our experienced team of legal professionals and Zocor injury attorneys have been helping dangerous drug injury victims for years. We are dedicated to achieving real justice for the clients we serve can assure them that we will work diligently to achieve a satisfactory result.
Alabama Zocor Statute of Limitations
Alabama has a two year statute of limitations on filing certain product liability and personal injury claims. It takes time to acquire medical records and draft pleadings, so please do not delay in contacting us if you have any concern that your injury may have been caused by Zocor.
News About Zocor:
- Jul 15, 2011: Crestor and Zocor Drugs Linked to Muscle Degeneration, Rhabdomyolysis - Reuters.com
- Jul 15, 2011: Crestor and Zocor Drugs Linked to Muscle Degeneration, Rhabdomyolysis - WSJ
- Jun 13, 2011: Cholesterol drug can damage muscles - USA Today
- Mar 19, 2010: FDA Warns of Zocor Risk to Muscles - Web MD