Zocor is a popular cholesterol drug manufactured by Merck & Co. that has been linked to serious Zocor side effects. If you experienced Zocor side effects such as muscular injury, myopathy, or rhabdomyolysis, you may be able to file a Zocor lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries. Contact a Zocor side effects lawyer at our firm today for a free case review.

FDA Warns Of Zocor Side Effects

Zocor is a synthetic statin used to lower cholesterol. At one time, Zocor was Merck’s best-selling drug and the second best-selling cholesterol drug worldwide.  Zocor works by decreasing lipids in the bloodstream.  However, recent studies suggest that Zocor has been linked to an increased risk of muscle injuries.

High dosages of Zocor are linked to serious muscle injuries, technically called myopathy. Zocor muscle injury symptoms include:

  • pain and weakness;
  • fatigue;
  • joint pain; and
  • localized inflammation.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has issued numerous warnings about Zocor muscle injury side effects. In March 2010, the FDA issued its first Zocor muscle injuries advisory, warning patients that taking 80mg doses of Zocor may lead to serious muscle injuries. The FDA advised that the risks increase for patients who are taking Zocor at the same time as other blood pressure medications.

In June 2011, the FDA added a new Zocor muscle injury side effect warning to Zocor’s labeling. The warning stated that taking an 80mg dose of Zocor puts patients at a significantly increased risk for developing a Zocor muscle injury or myopathy. The FDA advised physicians not to prescribe high doses of Zocor to new patients, and limit high-dose prescriptions to only patients who have taken 80 mg doses of Zocor for more than a year and have not experienced Zocor side effects.

The FDA also required Merck to change the drug’s labeling to reduce the risk of prescription errors, and clearly differentiate the drug’s differing dosage amounts. The FDA’s  Zocor side effects warnings apply to approximately 2.1 million patients in the U.S. who received Zocor prescriptions.

Zocor Side Effects Include Myopathy And Rhabdomyolysis

Another serious Zocor side effect is myopathy, or muscle pain and tenderness. Higher doses of Zocor increase the risk of myopathy. In serious cases, the muscle cells can break down and lead to Rhabdomyolysis, an alarming condition that may fatally injure the kidneys. Rhabdomyolysis causes muscle fibers to break down and release the protein myoglobin. When myoglobin is released into the body, the kidneys attempt to filter it out of the bloodstream, eventually causing them to fail. Rhabdomyolysis is treatable if the disease is caught in its early stages. However, if allowed to progress, acute kidney failure develops in 30-40 percent of patients.

If you took Zocor and suffered from Zocor side effects, speak to a Zocor lawyer to learn how to protect your legal rights.

Zocor Side Effects Lead To Lawsuits  

If you took high doses of Zocor and sustained muscle injuries or kidney failure, consider filing a Zocor lawsuit. You may be entitled to compensation for:

  • medical expenses;
  • pain and suffering;
  • lost wages; and
  • other injuries.

The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients.  In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our Zocor lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process. Call a Zocor lawyer today for a free case review: (877) 779-1414

Published September 20, 2012 by