Type 2 Diabetes: How Lipitor May Cause It
Research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School found women who take statin drugs, such as Lipitor, are nearly 50 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women who do not take statin drugs. Diabetes can result in substantial medical costs, not to mention other damages.
A number of additional medical studies have suggested a connection between cholesterol-lowering statins and type 2 diabetes. Researchers have not identified the reason for the link. Some data suggest statins like Lipitor impair the body’s normal insulin secretion and release, a significant factor in the development of adult-onset diabetes. Financial justice may be available in dangerous drug cases where Lipitor can be linked to your diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
Below is information to help you understand your options as you cope with the health and economic implications of your diagnosis.
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
Women ages 50 years and older who have taken Lipitor should be aware common signs of type 2 diabetes:
- frequent urination;
- extreme thirst;
- intense hunger that is not satiated by eating;
- vision changes;
- slow-to-heal cuts; and
- tingling sensation in the extremities.
Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician if you experience any of these symptoms of diabetes, particularly if you have risk factors, including past or present statin use.
What are the other potential side effects of Lipitor?
Like any prescription drug, Lipitor comes with mild to severe potential side effects, including:
- joint pain;
- muscle problems (including muscular damage);
- abnormal heart beat;
- blood pressure drop; and
Seek prompt medical attention if you experience a rapid change in your health, including any of the above mentioned symptoms.
Who is liable for Lipitor injuries — and why?
There are two primary categories of liable parties to consider after a drug-related injury:
- Lipitor’s manufacturer, Pfizer, which is liable for creating, marketing and selling a potentially dangerous drug. These cases are known as product liability or dangerous drug claims.
- The prescribing doctor in cases where she or he knowingly prescribed a dangerous drug where inappropriate for the patient, for instance, prescribing the drug to a pregnant woman. These cases are considered a medical malpractice action.
An attorney can identify the liable parties in your own case.