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One of the best-selling prescription medications of all time, Lipitor (atorvastatin) is intended to treat high cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But this dangerous drug has also been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in women. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is facing an increasing number of lawsuits from women who suffered the onset of diabetes or other complications after taking Lipitor.
If you were diagnosed with diabetes after being prescribed Lipitor, please call the knowledgeable product liability attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter at (855) 880-4741 for your free consultation. Our lawyers are located in Florida, but we welcome clients nationwide.
Lipitor, Statins and Diabetes
Lipitor and other statins including Crestor (rosuvastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin) work by inhibiting a liver enzyme that affects cholesterol production, thus helping reduce the risk of heart disease.
Since Lipitor was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1996, however, a growing number of patients began experiencing high levels of sugar in the blood and developing diabetes. Multiple studies confirmed an association between the use of Lipitor or another statin and an increased risk for developing diabetes, particularly in post-menopausal women who had other risk factors for diabetes such as obesity, high blood-sugar levels, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Pfizer had not previously warned about a heightened risk for diabetes, and in 2012 the FDA mandated changes to the safety information for Lipitor and other statins. Unfortunately, the revised warnings came too late for many already affected by the drugs.
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
Women taking Lipitor should consult with their physicians and undergo blood-sugar testing. Lipitor patients should also be aware of the early warning signs of type 2 diabetes, which include:
- Increased thirst and hunger
- Frequent urination
- Sudden weight loss despite eating regularly
- Blurry vision
- Chronic infections or slow-healing wounds
- Patches of darkened skin
Pfizer is facing mounting lawsuits that allege the company failed to adequately warn medical professionals and patients about the risks of Lipitor and the importance of monitoring blood-sugar levels.
If you were diagnosed with diabetes after taking Lipitor, please contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter today through our online form or by calling (855) 880-4741 for your free case assessment. Our Florida-based attorneys welcome clients from across the United States.