Using Lipitor Can Increase Your Risk of Developing Diabetes

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Lipitor and its generic version, atorvastatin calcium, are cholesterol-lowering drugs produced by Pfizer. Lipitor is the most popular statin and it holds the distinction of being the top selling prescription drug in the world with more than $130 billion in sales.

Lipitor was approved by the FDA in 1996. The drug works by lowering the level of cholesterol in the blood, which in turns lowers a patient's risk for heart attack and stroke. Lipitor does that job successfully, however it carries significant and potentially life-threatening risks for an increase in heart disease in some patients.

At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we are here to represent the interests of our clients who have been injured after taking a dangerous drug. From our offices in Nashville, Knoxville and Hendersonville, we offer comprehensive counsel to clients who have developed serious, potentially life-threatening side effects and conditions as a result of taking Lipitor. Let us help you protect your family and your future after a dangerous statin like Lipitor caused you harm.

What makes Lipitor a dangerous drug?

While Lipitor does do its job of helping to lower cholesterol, it also has some serious side effects in some patients that can include:

  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Muscular disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandated the addition of "Warnings and Precautions" to the labels for Lipitor and other drugs classified as statins about the potential link for the increased risk of getting type 2 diabetes.

Those most at risk for getting type 2 diabetes from taking statins are post-menopausal women, which is a large part of the demographic that would need to take statins to protect them from the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Lipitor lawsuits

Plaintiffs all across the country have filed negligence lawsuits against Pfizer for their injuries after taking Lipitor. Some of the common complaints consumers had with regard to Lipitor are that Pfizer failed to adequately warn consumers about the increased risk of type 2 diabetes and they were deceptive in their marketing of the drug as safe and effective.

At the Nashville, Knoxville and Hendersonville offices of the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, we are focused on getting results for our clients. We help people from across Tennessee and the U.S. seek justice for their families when they have been wronged. We help our clients obtain the compensation they deserve when they have been injured by a medication that was supposed to help them to be healthy.

Helping families just like yours who were hurt from taking Lipitor

At the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm, our first priority is getting justice for our clients who have been injured. If you took Lipitor and experienced an adverse effect that no one warned you might occur, we want to hear your story. Please call 615-425-2500 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Nashville, Knoxville or Hendersonville.