Patients currently living with high levels of cholesterol often take Lipitor or other statins to help lower these levels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the statin medication in 1996. According to the manufacturer, Pfizer, Inc., Lipitor reduces the chance that a patient will develop blood clots or sustain a stroke, heart attack, or death because it is designed to prevent the liver from producing bad cholesterol.
However, patients have reported several serious and life-threatening complications while taking Lipitor, including type 2 diabetes. Contact Attorney Group for Colorado today if you were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and you believe that Lipitor is the cause. Attorney Group for Colorado can help determine if you are eligible to file a Colorado Lipitor lawsuit in a free, comprehensive case evaluation.
Possible Lipitor Complications
The FDA ordered Pfizer to update the warning label on Lipitor in February 2012 to inform consumers of the potential relationship between Lipitor and type 2 diabetes. If you were diagnosed with the disease and also took Lipitor, you may be entitled to file a Colorado Lipitor lawsuit and recover damages for your injuries. Other complications allegedly caused by Lipitor include:
- Cognitive loss
- Pancreatic dysfunction
- Liver or muscle problems
- Neurological disorders
- Kidney failure
Common side effects of Lipitor include headaches, joint pain, gas, diarrhea, infrequent or incomplete bowel movements, stomach pains, nausea, fatigue, indigestion, and throat irritation. Several studies have concluded that certain populations may be more likely to experience complications while taking Lipitor, including those over the age of 65, those who regularly consume alcohol, patients with a smaller body frame, individuals who take several cholesterol-lowering drugs, and individuals who are currently living with liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.
Lipitor Patients File Lawsuit to Seek Compensation
Patients who develop type 2 diabetes while taking Lipitor may consider filing a Colorado Lipitor lawsuit to seek compensation for their condition. While there has always been speculation regarding the relationship between the drug and other complications such as heart attacks, cognitive damage, rhabdomyolisis, and liver dysfunction, the link between Lipitor and type 2 diabetes has only recently undergone investigation.
According to court documents, there were more than 700 Lipitor claims pending in federal court in the District of South Carolina as of June 2014. Among other things, plaintiffs accuse Pfizer of failing to warn consumers about the possibility of Lipitor causing type 2 diabetes. On or around July 1, 2015, the first Lipitor bellwether trials are expected to begin.
Individuals who believe that their type 2 diabetes was caused by Lipitor should consider seeking legal counsel to determine if they are eligible to file a Colorado Lipitor lawsuit. Plaintiffs may receive compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, a loss of income, and more. Contact Attorney Group for Colorado for additional information.
Eligible to File Colorado Lipitor Lawsuit?
Contact Attorney Group for Colorado today if you or a loved one took Lipitor and developed type 2 diabetes either during or following use of the medication. Attorney Group for Colorado is currently offering free, no-obligation consultations to help patients determine whether they are eligible to file a Colorado Lipitor lawsuit. We can connect you with one of our affiliated attorneys who can file a Colorado Lipitor lawsuit on your behalf and work to help you receive the compensation to which you may be entitled. Call today.