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Lipitor Lawsuit for Diabetes Side Effects in Women

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Our Lipitor lawyers are helping women nationwide who have suffered Lipitor diabetes side effects by representing those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in filing Lipitor lawsuit settlement claims in 2015. Call 1-888-210-9968 today for a free case review.

Lipitor (atorvastatin), the best-selling prescription drug in history, has exceeded $125 billion in sales since it was approved in 1996.  In this time, Lipitor has been prescribed to millions of women to lower their blood pressure and prevent heart disease.

Although this drug is widely prescribed, there is increasing evidence that the risk of side effects could be serious. A number of recent studies have shown a potential link between Lipitor and diabetes in women.

FDA Announces Statin and Diabetes Risk

In February of 2012, the FDA issued a consumer update about the popular class of heart disease medications known as statins, including the drug Lipitor.1 The FDA advised doctors and patients that “people being treated with statins may have an increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of type 2 diabetes.

This announcement came in the wake of a number of important studies which investigated whether Lipitor causes diabetes in some patients. A study published in the journal Atherosclerosis reported that atorvastatin, or Lipitor, caused “significant increase” in the risk for the new onset of diabetes.2 20, 40, and 80 mg doses of Lipitor, it reported, decreased insulin sensitivity when compared with baseline or a placebo. Decreased insulin sensitivity can contribute to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

Researchers Identify Lipitor Diabetes Risk in Women

In a study to identify whether Lipitor causes diabetes in women, researchers found that diabetes affected women at an elevated rate.3 Although the exact mechanisms are not understood, scientists have established in the past that diabetes affects men and women differently because of different hormones in their bodies.

In 2012, a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that, even after adjusting for confounding variables, women who took a statin like Lipitor had a 50% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who did not.4

Diabetes is a lifelong disease that requires careful daily management. Diabetics can experience serious complications affecting their eyes, circulatory systems, and nervous systems. WebMD notes that the lifespans of 50-year-olds with diabetes are 8.5 years shorter than the lifespans of those who do not have the disease.5

Lipitor Lawsuit Attorneys

We represent all women who developed diabetes after taking Lipitor on a contingency basis. This means that there are never any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. For a free case review and information about filing a Lipitor lawsuit, please call us toll free at 1-888-210-9968.

An attorney will answer your questions about Lipitor and diabetes, including the latest type 2 diabetes warnings and FDA news, and discuss Lipitor lawsuit claim filing deadlines in your state. There is a limited time to file a claim, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

1. FDA Expands Advice on Statin Risks
2. Differential Metabolic Effects of Distinct Statins
3. Sex Differences of Endogenous Sex Hormones and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
4. Statin Use and Risk of Diabetes Mellitus in Postmenopausal Women in the Women’s Health Initiative
5. Diabetes Cuts Years off Life Span of Americans

Featured Lipitor Lawsuit News

Lipitor and Diabetes in 2015: Trading Heart Attack For Diabetes And Muscle Damage

by Stephen Fields on April 16th, 2015

Pfizer Inc., the company behind the blockbuster statin Lipitor, is facing a growing tide of criticism and legal complaints. Critics allege the company deliberately misled consumers and doctors about the dangers of using its drug. Rather than warning the public about a possible connection between Lipitor and type 2 diabetes, the company kept silent and continued to market its drug as safe.

Lipitor Diabetes Litigation Grows Along With Doubts Over Statin Benefits

by Stephen Fields on March 31st, 2015

Statin medications like Lipitor have been aggressively promoted as a means to protect the heart. By blocking a liver enzyme known as HMG-CoA reductase, they lower serum cholesterol levels. Reducing cholesterol levels with statin therapy is often credited with lowering the risk of heart injuries. But new evidence suggests there are reasons to question those benefits. Researchers have found that use of statins may increase the risk of atherosclerosis.

Lipitor And Diabetes: Are The Benefits Of Statins Overshadowed By The Risks?

by Stephen Fields on March 20th, 2015

Statin drugs like Lipitor are designed to lower cholesterol levels. They’re prescribed to millions of men and women each year who are believed to be at risk for cardiovascular disease. But a recent study indicates that the benefits of taking statins may be outweighed by the risks. It’s possible that the millions who take statins may not need them. Worse, they may be exposed to serious adverse health consequences, such as new-onset type 2 diabetes from Lipitor.

Lipitor Side Effects In Women: Scientists Discover That Lipitor May Cause Atherosclerosis

by Stephen Fields on March 17th, 2015

For nearly a generation, milions of people have been told that Lipitor lowers the risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack. But new research from Japan shows that use of statins like Lipitor may actually increase the risk of heart disease. Researchers found that statin therapy may accelerate calcification in the coronary arteries. That’s a key marker in the onset of atherosclerosis.

Lipitor Diabetes Side Effects May Be Associated With High-Potency Therapy

by Stephen Fields on March 10th, 2015

Lipitor is in the news again. Researchers in Finland recently noted as much as 46% higher possible risk for men taking higher doses of statins and later developing diabetes. Prior to that, Canadian scientists identified a possible link between high-potency statins like Lipitor and new-onset type 2 diabetes. The incidence rate of disease was much higher compared to the incidence rate observed with lower-potency drugs in the same class. The findings are hardly a surprise for the thousands of women who have been diagnosed with diabetes after using Lipitor.

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