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Zocor-Related Muscle Injuries

Seeger Weiss is investigating reports of reports of severe complications associated with Zocor. Zocor is a cholesterol-lowering drug that decreases lipids in the blood and belongs to the class of drugs known as statins. Although statin drugs carry a risk of muscle damage, a recent study suggests that some patients may be more at risk if prescribed more than 20 milligrams of Zocor. The muscle injury may be due to rhabdomyolysis, or severe muscle damage, or myopathy, serious muscle toxicity. Signs of rhabdomyolysis include:

  • dark, red, or cola colored urine color
  • weakness of the affected muscle(s)
  • generalized weakness
  • muscle stiffness or aching
  • unintentional weight gain
  • seizures
  • joint pain
  • fatigue

Zocor is used in conjunction with Zetia, another cholesterol medication and marketed as the popular drug, Vytorin. Vytorin was recently at the center of a huge marketing fraud lawsuit, when 2009 reports showed the drug was not as effective as claimed. Seeger Weiss founding partner Chris Seeger served as the principle negotiator in the $41.5 million settlement with Merck.

In March 2010, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking high doses - 80mg - of Zocor to muscle injury. The risk of injury is increased amount patients of Chinese descent as well as patients taking other blood pressure medications. Patients should consult with his or her doctor before changing or stopping the prescribed dose, however the risks have been reported in patients taking 20mg or more of Zocor.

The FDA instructed doctors and patients that Zocor (simvastatin) should not be used with the following medications:

  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Erythromycin
  • Clarithromycin
  • Telithromycin
  • HIV protease inhibitors
  • Nefazodone

Do not use more than 10mg of simvastatin with these medications:

  • Gemfibrozil
  • Cyclosporine
  • Danazol

Do not use more than 20mg of simvastatin with these medications:

  • Amiodarone
  • Verapamil

Do not use more than 40mg of simvastatin with this medication:

  • Diltiazem

If you or someone you know has suffered complications from Zocor or simvastatin, contact us today. Reporting your experience can help protect other people from being harmed by this dangerous drug, and you may be entitled to compensation for your injury. An experienced attorney with Seeger Weiss LLP will assist you in evaluating your claim. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part and all initial consultations are free of charge. Seeger Weiss LLP has office locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.

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