FDA Issues Warning for Lipitor
According to recent medical studies, Lipitor has been linked to an increased risk for diabetes in women who take the popular medication to lower their cholesterol. In early 2012, The FDA required Pfizer to update Lipitor’s label to include an increased risk of causing type 2 diabetes. Lipitor was first approved by the FDA in 1996 and has been one of the best-selling prescription medications in the world, with annual sales surpassing $13 billion. Lawsuits are being filed nationwide alleging that Pfizer failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the potential serious side effects of Lipitor.
How Can Lipitor Cause Diabetes?
Over the past several years, Lipitor has been repeatedly linked to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts found that women taking Lipitor have a nearly 50% higher risk of developing diabetes than women who did not take the drug. Drugs containing Statin, such as Lipitor, can and often do cause diabetes in women. Statin is a class of drug used to lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver
Lipitor and Type 2 Diabetes Side Effects
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way a person metabolizes sugar (glucose), the human body’s main fuel source. In people who have type 2 diabetes, their body either resists the effects of insulin (a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into the cells), or doesn’t manufacture a sufficient amount of insulin to maintain normal glucose levels. Lipitor diabetes symptoms may include:
- Increased thirst and frequent urination
- Increased hunger
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing sores or frequent infections
- Areas of darkened skin
- Death if left untreated
Type 2 diabetes, while treatable, is often a lifelong ailment that carries its own set of severe health risks. The FDA has deemed Type 2 Diabetes a severe health risk associated with Lipitor and subsequently has instructed Lipitor to list diabetes as a potentially dangerous side effect.
Experienced Lipitor Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes while taking the drug Lipitor, you may be eligible to file a Lipitor lawsuit. The lawyers at the Branch Law Firm are currently investigating claims that the cholesterol-lowering medication Lipitor is linked to an increased risk of diabetes. Please call the Branch Law Firm at 1 (800) 828-4529 so one of our experienced Lipitor attorneys may review your claim.