Studies Find Link Between Statins and Nerve Damage

statins and nerve damageConnection Between Statins and Nerve Damage?

Breaking new medical studies have prompted many patients to stop using statins to control high cholesterol. According to studies published in the Annals of American Medicine, there is a link between the use of statins and nerve damage. In a study that included more than 100,000 people, researchers found that the overwhelming majority of them suffered nerve damage after continued use of statins. If you have taken the drugs Lipitor or Crestor and suffered nerve damage, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.

Statins, which are drugs that reduce triglycerides and cholesterol in the bloodstream, are the most commonly prescribed medication for high cholesterol. These drugs have been used in preventing heart disease in patients who have a family history or risk factors for the disease. Statins can reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack by nearly 45%.

There has, however, been concern in the medical community about the effectiveness and safety of statins. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings that there is a strong link between statins and nerve damage in patients of all ages. They also caution that the use of statins increases the risk of diabetes in healthy patients who have no other risk factors and who are at a healthy weight.

Doctors caution that there are other ways to lower cholesterol that don’t involve the use of Lipitor and other drugs. Simply understanding the risk factors for high cholesterol and heart disease—smoking, obesity and family history—-will help patients make lifestyle changes to lower their cholesterol naturally. The link between statins and nerve damage is high and is a risk to any patient taking these drugs.

The link between statins and nerve damage could affect anyone taking a statin. Nerve damage can limit your ability to work and earn a living. It can decrease mobility and make day-to-day tasks difficult. The costs of medical treatment for nerve damage can be staggering. Even if you are covered by insurance, there may be a mountain of other costs related to your care.

If you took Lipitor and suffered nerve damage, you don’t have to navigate through this alone. Attorney Group wants to help you. We can discuss your situation and help you understand your options. If you decide you want to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist in your case. Contact us today to learn more in a free consultation.