Though Crestor is a very popular medication used to lower cholesterol in adults and children, it is also the subject of grave concern for many patients. Crestor is highly effective at controlling and reducing high levels of LDL cholesterol to help prevent heart disease in both adults and children over the age of 10, but it is also strongly associated with liver damage and kidney failure in some patients.
How Does Crestor Work?
Created to stop the buildup of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in the arteries, Crestor is one of a very popular group of prescription medications called statins. For patients who cannot maintain their cardiovascular health with proper diet and exercise alone, statins are said to lower cholesterol levels by over 50%.
To do this, Crestor inhibits the production of specific enzymes in the liver that create LDL cholesterol. Because heart disease is such a prevalent issue in the United States (one in three deaths are attributed to it) and because this enzyme-inhibiting method of medication is so effective, statins like Crestor are widely used across the country.
Common Side Effects of Using Crestor
Like all statins (and most prescription drugs), Crestor does come with a few normal side effects. Common side effects of most statins range from mild aches and pains to severe and significant muscle damage. Unlike some other medications, though, Crestor also has a range of severe and dangerous side effects, as well. These include:
- Muscle pain
- Liver damage
- Type 2 diabetes
- Memory loss
- Rhabdomyolysis (a rare condition in which muscle fiber breaks down and is carried into the blood stream, causing severe kidney and liver damage)
While cases of rhabdomyolysis are rare, they have been known to occur in patients who were prescribed doses as low as 10 mg of Crestor. Due to safety concerns about these side effects, some European countries have yet to approve the drug for cholesterol treatment. Meanwhile, the FDA has issued updated warnings and alerts about the drug and its potential side effects.
Crestor Has a Long History With the FDA
Though the FDA did initially approve Crestor, they have since been forced to take action to warn patients about the drug several times over the past decade. This started in 2004 when the FDA first issued a public health advisory concerning the drug. At that point, the warning was centered on Crestor’s potential for damaging muscle tissue and kidneys.
Later that same year, there was a call for the FDA to completely ban the sale of Crestor and to recall it entirely due to the severe risk to patients’ kidneys, livers, and muscle fiber. However, when the FDA responded to the request for recall in 2005, they determined that the risk was not great enough to pull the drug from shelves and that warning patients about its potentially hazardous side effects would be enough. They did, however, put out an additional warning concerning the elevated risk associated with using dosages higher than 40 mg.
If you have suffered kidney damage or failure, muscle deterioration, and damage or failure of your liver due to the use of Crestor, you may be owed compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. Whether you were prescribed this medication before 2004 or more recently, if you were not warned about the potential hazards involved with taking Crestor, you should not be responsible for paying for your medical bills, lost wages, etc.
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