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About one-quarter of adults age 45 and older take statin drugs. Statins are prescribed to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. While statins are generally considered safe, there are risks of some very serious side effects.


A 2011 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that patients taking Lipitor were 37 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than patients taking a placebo. A 2012 study in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found a link between statin use and Type 2 diabetes in post-menopausal women. The survey of 161,808 women found that who took statins were 48 percent more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than women who did not. A more recent study published in the May 2013 issue of the medical journal BMJ found an increased risk of diabetes in patients taking three popular statins: Crestor, Zocor, and Lipitor.


Mild muscle pain is a common side effect of statin drugs. But statins can also cause serious muscle injury. Rhabdomyolysis is a serious medical condition that occurs when muscle fibers break down and leak a substance called myoglobin into the blood. Symptoms include pain, swelling, tenderness, muscle weakness, dark-colored urine, nausea, vomiting, confusion, heart arrhythmias and coma. Rhabdomyolysis is usually associated with severe muscle trauma from injury or overuse, but can be caused by Lipitor and other statin drugs.

Memory Loss

Finding it hard to remember your granddaughter’s name or your wife’s birthday? It might be your statin. In February 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was investigating reports of memory loss, forgetfulness, confusion and brain fog associated with Lipitor. These Lipitor side effects were most common in patients over 50.


A September 2013 study found a 27 percent increased risk of cataracts in patients taking statins. The risk increased with the length of time the patient took the drug.

Do You Have a Lipitor Injury Claim?

If you have suffered serious side effects after taking Lipitor, you may be eligible to take part in an Illinois class action lawsuit against Pfizer, the maker of the drug. To learn more about statin injury claims, contact the Gurnee medication injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 866-625-2299.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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