Lipitor, also known as Atorvastatin, is a prescription medication used to treat high cholesterol in both men and women. Approved by the FDA in 1996, Lipitor has been a widely-used drug among American citizens and is one of the most popular cholesterol medications on the market today.
Lipitor works by blocking the enzymes that the liver uses to create cholesterol. Some individuals use the drug with little side effects, while others are seriously debilitated by their developing conditions after treatment has begun. Muscle and liver problems are rare side effects, while more comment side effects include constipation, fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, and more.
Increased Risk for Type II Diabetes
In 2012, health regulators began adding warnings to the labels of Lipitor prescriptions. It was announced that increased blood sugar levels and memory loss are side effects that result from Lipitor and other cholesterol lowering drugs, but recent studies have confirmed that women are likely to suffer from Type II Diabetes after taking the medication over a prolonged period of time.
Post-menopausal women have been most affected by diabetes following Lipitor use. A January 2013 study confirmed an increased risk of Type II Diabetes development in female patients without any pre-existing risk factors for the condition. When being prescribed Lipitor by their doctor, many patients are unaware that they are trading a diagnosis of high cholesterol for Type II Diabetes.
Your Legal Options
If you have taken Lipitor and are now suffering from Type II Diabetes, you might be eligible for compensation for your condition. Our personal injury lawyers are currently reviewing defective medical drug claims, including those of Lipitor, and are eager to hear your story. Contact Brayton Purcell, LLP today.