The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that the maximum dosage of Simvacor (generic: simvastatin) may result in myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, or other serious health complications. Patients taking the highest dose of Simvacor – 80 mg – during their first year of treatment face the greatest risk of injury. The Simvacor Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are currently evaluating potential lawsuits for individuals injured by Simvacor side effects.
Simvacor is an FDA-approved cholesterol-lowering drug that belongs to the ‘statin’ group of medications. Drugs from this class reduce cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in the liver that is necessary for the production of cholesterol. In the blood, Simvacor lowers total and low density lipoprotein (LDL, or ‘bad cholesterol’), as well as triglycerides. LDL is believed to be a fundamental cause of coronary artery disease. In addition to lowering LDL, Simvacor also increases the density of high density lipoprotein (HDL, or ‘good cholesterol’), which is thought to slow the advance of coronary artery disease.
Side Effects of Simvacor
Unfortunately, despite their considerable cholesterol-lowering abilities, Simvacor and other medications from the statin class have been increasingly linked to the following serious side effects:
- muscle damage
- kidney damage
- kidney failure
Simvacor & Rhabdomyolysis
In the most severe cases, Simvacor-induced muscle injuries can lead to rhabdomyolysis, a disorder that can, if left untreated, ultimately lead to kidney failure and even death. Signs and symptoms of rhabdomyolysis may include (but are not limited to):
- muscle pain
- tenderness, weakness or swelling of the affected muscles
- low blood pressure
- abnormal heart rate and rhythm
It has been estimated that approximately five out of 100,000 patients suffering from Simvacor-induced rhabdomyolysis who were prescribed the 80 mg dose required emergency medical intervention.
Simvacor Kidney Failure
Signs and symptoms of Simvacor-induced kidney failure may include:
- little or no urine when attempting to urinate
- swelling, especially in the legs and feet
- lack of appetite
- feeling confused, anxious, restless or sleepy
- pain in the lower back just below the rib cage (flank pain)
Some patients with kidney failure may not experience any of these symptoms, and for those who are already quite ill, the problem that’s causing the kidney failure may be causing other symptoms as well.
If you took Simvacor or other cholesterol-lowering statin medication and subsequently suffered one of the injuries mentioned in this article, contact the Simvacor Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, today. By filing a Simvacor Lawsuit, you may be eligible to be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our lawyers are currently offering free, no-obligation consultations to individuals injured by Simvacor side effects.