Crestor Side Effects
Patients who have used the drug Crestor may face an increased risk of several side effects, including cardiomyopathy, diabetes and kidney problems. Crestor is part of a class of drugs known as statins, which are prescribed to lower cholesterol levels in patients.
According to research published by The Lancet, patients taking Crestor or other statins may face an increased risk of developing cardiomyopathy or other heart problems. Researchers have found that Crestor can reduce levels of an enzyme known as CoQ10, which helps the heart to function properly. Decreased levels of this enzyme could increase the risk of cardiomyopathy or other heart problems, including death from heart failure.
The use of Crestor or other statins was linked to an increased risk of diabetes in a second study published by The Lancet. According to that study, Crestor users were 9% more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than non-users. After learning about the link between Crestor and diabetes, the Food and Drug Administration told Crestor’s manufacturer to add a diabetes warning to the drug’s label.
According to another Crestor warning issued by the FDA, cases of kidney failure have been reported among patients taking the drug. The FDA reported that during clinical trials, doctors observed early warning signs of kidney damage in some patients who were taking Crestor or other statins.
If you or a loved one have suffered cardiomyopathy, other heart problems, diabetes, kidney problems or other Crestor side effects, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.