What is Lipitor?
Lipitor, the brand name for the drug atorvastatin, is a member of the drug class known as statins and a member of the statin class of hypolipidemics. It is used in the treatment of elevated total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, and to elevate HDL cholesterol. It stabilizes plaque, preventing strokes and is one of the highest grossing prescription drugs in the world with its annual sales topping 13 billion.
First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996, and like every pharmaceutical, the drug Lipitor comes with its own set of side effects. The use of Lipitor has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Lipitor and diabetes lawsuits are now being filed nationwide against Pfizer, the maker of Lipitor, alleging that Pfizer did not adequately warn doctors and patients about this potential Lipitor side effect.
Does Lipitor Cause Diabetes?
Over the last several years, Lipitor has been repeatedly linked to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. A study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that women who take Lipitor are at a nearly 50% increased risk of developing diabetes than women who did not take the drug, and those risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes increased in women who have high blood sugar, obese, or a family history of diabetes.
FDA Lipitor Warning
In early 2012, 16 years after its approval, the FDA required Pfizer to update the label for Lipitor to include the increased risk of causing type 2 diabetes. Other manufacturers of cholesterol lowering statins were also required to comply with this new guideline.
Lipitor Side Effects
Stop taking Lipitor and call your doctor if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
- Unexplained muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness
- Weight gain
- Decrease in urination or not at all
- Loss of appetite
- Dark urine
- Clay-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes)
- Unusual tiredness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in the chest
Some of the less serious side effects are:
- Mild nausea
- Mild muscle pain
If you are currently taking Lipitor do not stop taking it. Make an appointment to discuss this information and the risks and benefits with your health care provider.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes after taking Lipitor are now filing Lipitor diabetes lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes since taking Lipitor, contact an attorney experienced with filing drug lawsuits. You may be entitled to compensation and by filing a Lipitor and diabetes lawsuit, your attorney will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.