Lipitor Lawsuit Attorneys Orange County, California
The drug Lipitor (atorvastatin calcium) is commonly prescribed for patients struggling with cholesterol management. Pfizer, Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, markets Lipitor as a medication that can lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, certain types of heart surgery, and chest pains in patients who have, or are at risk for, heart disease. In addition to the benefits of taking Lipitor, there are some possible health risks, especially in females. Many women who are on a Lipitor regimen also experience increased blood glucose levels. With that, they may face increased risks of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder that involves high levels of glucose in the blood. The pancreas is part of the endocrine system and it is responsible for producing insulin. Type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, is brought on by the pancreas not secreting enough insulin to make up for the high levels of sugar in the blood. Insulin is the body’s primary means of managing blood sugar levels and it’s job is to shuttle glucose/sugar out of the blood stream.
Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes
-Feeling hungry despite eating
-Unusual weight gain or loss
If you have never been diagnosed with diabetes or had any issues with blood sugar management but feel you do now due to being prescribed Lipitor you should speak to an Orange County Personal Injury Attorney handling Lipitor cases.
Negative Side Effects of Lipitor
Lipitor is part of a classification of cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a drug safety communication reporting serious health risks for patients using statins such as Lipitor, including worsening glycemic control and the development of diabetes in women. As a result, statin drug packaging was updated with additional information concerning these risks. Prior to the 2012 labeling change, Lipitor’s label information did not warn patients of any possible correlation between changes in blood sugar levels and taking Lipitor. Even though studies and clinical data suggested that Lipitor was linked to the acute onset of Type 2 diabetes in women, the drug was marketed as being safe with no health risks or possible adverse reactions.
Living with Diabetes
There is no cure for diabetes. It can be managed through diet, exercise, medication and, if needed, insulin. There are many health risks associated with being diabetic such as: damage to the eyes and vision, the heart, blood vessels, circulatory system and nervous system. While it is possible for a person with diabetes to live a normal, healthy and rich life if not properly managed it can severely impact the quality of life you enjoy. This may entitle you to benefits and financial compensation according to California personal injury law.
How an Irvine Personal Injury Attorney can Help You
The Irvine California Injury Lawyers at Nokes & Nokes will fight relentlessly to get you the benefits and financial compensation you deserve for your injuries or health complications due to a Lipitor regimen. If you have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes due to Lipitor do not hesitate to contact Nokes & Nokes today. Please dial (949) 716-7200. Nokes & Nokes are skilled and experienced Orange County Injury Lawyers and they offer free consultations to those who have been injured due to the negligence of another in OC.
They handle accident and injury claims on a contingency fee basis meaning they charge no fee unless they recover on your behalf.