Crestor and Leg Pain
Crestor and leg pain may indicate that a patient has developed a serious health condition caused by this statin drug. Crestor is a cholesterol-lowering medication produced by pharmaceutical behemoth AstraZeneca. Even before this drug was approved in August 2003, the FDA received information about a few serious side effects caused by Crestor. Reports of Crestor and leg pain have sometimes indicated more serious side effects caused by Crestor use.
Crestor was approved despite indications that this statin drug causes liver damage, kidney failure, and a serious condition called Rhabdomyolysis. In 2005, a top official in the Food and Drug Administration named Crestor one of the top most dangerous drugs available on the market today. Nearly thirty people have developed kidney failure as a result of Crestor use. In fact, people who are using Crestor increase their risk of developing renal failure by 75 percent. Crestor renal failure is often caused by a serious muscle condition called Rhabdomyolysis.
Muscle Injuries Related to Crestor
Rhabdomyolysis is a rare but rapidly progressive condition that causes the muscles to break down and atrophy. Crestor and leg pain caused by muscle injury may be an early indication of serious Rhabdomyolysis Crestor side effects. When the muscles begin to break down because of this serious condition, a patient may experience the following symptoms: joint pain, swelling or pain in the legs, general swelling, unintentional weight gain, muscle tenderness or weakness, muscle stiffness or aching, fatigue, and more.
In addition to symptoms caused by muscle destruction, Rhabdomyolysis can continue to wreak havoc on the body. When the muscles breakdown, their contents are spilled into the blood stream. Some of these muscle constituents, such as myoglobin and potassium, can be toxic in other areas of the body. During Rhabdomyolysis these harmful materials travel through the blood stream to the kidneys where they are highly toxic.
Crestor & Renal Failure
The kidneys' job is to excrete waste, concentrate urine, and balance electrolyte levels in the body. When rhabdomyolysis occurs, this functioning can be greatly impaired. Rhabdomyolysis can lead to renal failure, coma, seizures, and even death. Crestor and leg pain may also be relevant in cases where a patient develops renal failure from Rhabdomyolysis. Renal failure symptoms can include leg pain and swelling, changes in mood and mental awareness, a decrease in urine output and volume, increased urination at night, seizures, coma, and more.
Crestor and leg pain can be an early indication of both Rhabdomyolysis and its complications. If you or a loved one is taking Crestor and have experienced leg pain, any of the aforementioned symptoms, or any other unusual health problems, you may wish to notify your health care provider. If you would like to learn more about your legal rights and options after suffering injury and suffering caused by Crestor, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced Crestor attorney who can evaluate your case to determine the best way to protect and maximize your legal interests.
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