Crestor

Crestor Lawsuit

Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a statin drug, used to lower cholesterol, in an effort to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Crestor is also approved for use in certain patients with normal cholesterol levels. Crestor can have dangerous and deadly side effects, and has been linked to cardiomyopathy which can cause heart failure and death.  If you have taken this and suffered injury, you may have a potential Cretor lawsuit.

Crestor Uses

Crestor reduces cholesterol by slowing the production of cholesterol in the body. It is used in combination with diet and exercise to reduce LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, or the need for heart surgery.

Crestor is used in children 10 and over to remove cholesterol and other fatty substances from the blood. Crestor is also used in men over 50 and women over 60 who have normal levels of LDL cholesterol and no clinically evident coronary heart disease, but have elevated C-reactive protein levels and at least one cardiovascular disease risk factor such as:

  • Low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)
  • Hypertension
  • Family history of premature coronary heart disease
  • smoking

Crestor Dangers

Crestor can have the following adverse side effects:

  • Muscle pain
  • Myopathy
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Kidney failure
  • Chronic bleeding
  • Diabetes
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss

JUPITER Trial & Diabetes

AstraZeneca, maker of Crestor, conducted a study which is called the JUPITER study. Based on the results of JUPITER, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Crestor for use in patients with normal LDL cholesterol and no clinically evident signs of heart disease.

However, according to the FDA, review of the JUPITER trial found a 27% increase in investigator-reported diabetes in Crestor users over those using a placebo.

Cardiomyopathy

Myopathy is muscle disease and cardiomyopathy is disease of the heart muscle. Cardiomyopathy weakness the heart muscle and can cause serious or fatal complications including:

  • Blood clots
  • Valve problems
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Sudden death

If you have been harmed by Crestor use, or if you have lost a loved one to this dangerous drug, you may be entitled to compensation. Please, find a local injury attorney right away to learn more about your rights and see if you have a potential Crestor lawsuit.