What is Crestor?
Crestor, also called rosuvastatin, is a cholesterol-lowering medication, and was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003. Crestor is an extremely popular medication, and is widely prescribed throughout the United States. Physicians prescribe Crestor to help prevent against cardiovascular disease in patients.
Crestor is the latest of six drugs introduced onto the market which fit into a category called statin. Statin drugs are supposed to work to reduce cholesterol. The FDA approved Crestor as an adjunct therapy to be used along with a low-cholesterol diet and consistent exercise. If used in conjunction this is supposed to reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the blood stream.
A particularly dangerous side effect of all statin drugs, and in particular Crestor, is Rhabdomyolsis, which is an extremely serious condition involving damage to the muscles and affects the kidney from functioning properly. Certain patients are particularly at risk, they include older patients (65+), patients with an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and patients with kidney disease. Any individual having taken Crestor and experiencing unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness at any time should consult a physician, as this may be signs of Rhabdomyolysis.
Crestor Side Effects
As with all medications, there are risks of serious side effects which can accompany use of Crestor, these side effects and risks include;
- Rhabdomyolysis- a condition that causes deterioration of the muscles, and often results in kidney damage for those taking Crestor
- Cardiomyopathy- deteriation of heart muscle
- Heart Attack
When manufacturer AstraZeneca first filed with the FDA for market approval, they were turned down and delayed due to safety concerns during clinical trials. Even after being linked to serious side effects AstraZeneca released the product into the United States market, and failed to adequately warn the patients of the potential risks and dangers they faced.
At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate personal injuries and wrongful deaths resulting from taking Crestor . Patients across Massachusetts and America are starting to realize some of the potential harmful consequences of using Crestor . If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of Crestor use, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Blog