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FDA: Statin Interaction with HIV/Hepatitis Drugs May Cause Myopathy

March 1, 2012 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a press release today informing healthcare professionals of updates to the prescribing information concerning adverse interactions between protease inhibitors and certain statin medications. When these two types of drugs are taken together, they may raise the blood levels of statins and increase the risk of a severe muscle injury known as myopathy. Even when taken alone, statin drugs like Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, Simcor and Vytorin may cause rhabdomyolysis, kidney failure, type 2 diabetes, and even death.

Free Statin Drug Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has a serious injury you believe may have been caused by a statin drug, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the drug and we can help.

What’s the problem?

The statin drugs that have the potential to interact with protease inhibitors belong to a class of prescription medications that are designed to reduce levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while simultaneously increasing levels of ‘good’ cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). Lowering cholesterol levels can help prevent heart attacks, strokes, and vascular disease. The following statin drugs may cause severe muscle damage when taken in combination with protease inhibitors:

HIV protease inhibitors belong to a class of FDA-approved anti-viral medications that are designed to treat the human immunodeficiency virus. HCV protease inhibitors are a class of anti-viral drugs prescribed to treat hepatitis C infection.

Recommendation

The FDA is advising healthcare professionals to follow the recommendations in the prescribing information (drug labels) when prescribing HIV or HCV protease inhibitors with statin drugs. Patients taking these medications together should consult their physicians immediately if they begin experiencing any unusual symptoms.

Statin Drug Side Effects

Cholesterol-lowering medications from the statin class have been linked to the following serious side effects:

  • muscle damage
  • myopathy
  • kidney damage
  • kidney failure (also known as renal failure)
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • diabetes
  • death

Do You Have a Statin Drug Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in statin drug lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new myopathy, rhabdomyolysis, kidney injury, diabetes, and death cases in all 50 states.

Free Statin Drug Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury after taking Zocor, Crestor, Lipitor, Simcor or Vytorin, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a statin drug injury suit and we can help.

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