Statin Induced Myopathy/Rhabdomyolysis
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention. This is a check list from The Mayo Clinic and it is intended to help your Doctor understand your situation. Just check the boxes that apply to you, print it and hand it t your Doctor.
Right Hand ravaged by Statin Induced Myopathy
With the onslaught/avalanche of diagnoses of Fibermyalgia along comes the problems associated with the cholesterol lowering drugs called Statins. Their side effects can and do mimic Fibermyalgia side effects. These statin induced problems can lead to extreme pain, kidney failure and sometimes death. Although death is the absolute extreme, the more common statin induced Myopothy (a painful muscle disease) can shut you down and start your search for narcotic pain killers. (As in my case)
The Bayer pharmaceutical company withdrew its popular statin drug Baycol (cerivastatin) from the market. Company executives felt constrained to take this radical move because an analysis of new data showed that 31 patients taking Baycol had died from a severe muscle disorder called rhabdomyolysis.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects, taken from The Mayo Clinic web site, occur:
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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