For people who develop high cholesterol, medication is sometimes recommended to help prevent the risks associated with higher cholesterol levels. Lipitor is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as statins whose responsibility is to help prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering cholesterol levels in the blood. The medication is extremely popular, generating billions of dollars in sales annually for its manufacturer, Pfizer. Unfortunately, however, the use of this medication has since been linked to dangerous complications and side effects.
Common Side Effects Linked to Lipitor Use
What are some of the more common side effects that have been linked to Lipitor use? The following is an overview:
- The common cold
- Joint pain
- Diarrhea and urinary tract infections
In addition to these common side effects that are associated with the use of Lipitor, there is another, more serious condition that is attributed to the drug. Research has shown that Lipitor can increase a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to properly use or produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is used by the body to convert food into energy. When insulin is not working properly in the body, glucose is unable to enter cells and provide the necessary energy. As a result, blood sugar levels spike. Lipitor may increase the risk of this occurring by impairing the function of cells in the pancreas responsible for storing and releasing insulin. Lipitor may also decrease the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
If a patient who took Lipitor goes on to develop type 2 diabetes, many dangerous complications may result. These complications may include the following:
- Heart disease
- Nerve damage
- Hearing impairment
- Bacterial or fungal infections
- Kidney damage
- Eye damage
- Foot damage
- Alzheimer’s disease
Sadly, type 2 diabetes is potentially very dangerous and is typically a lifelong condition. If you developed type 2 diabetes after using Lipitor, it is important to take action to protect your legal rights. We encourage you to reach out today for a free consultation at 855-947-0707.