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Rhabdomyolysis Disease Injury Lawsuits

Rhabdomyolysis | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Disease: Injury, Infection | Side Effects, Prescription Drugs, Medications, Statin Drugs, Baycol, Crestor

Rhabdomyolysis is a serious disorder that causes kidney damage resulting from toxic effects of the contents of muscle cells. Myoglobin is an iron-containing pigment found in the skeletal muscle. When the skeletal muscle is damaged, the myoglobin is released into the bloodstream. It is filtered out of the bloodstream by the kidneys. Myoglobin may obstruct the structures of the kidney, causing damage such as acute tubular necrosis or kidney failure.

Myoglobin breaks down into potentially toxic compounds, which will also cause kidney failure. It is important to treat Rhabdomyolysis quickly. Early and aggressive hydration may prevent complications by rapidly eliminating the myoglobin out of the kidneys. The hydration needs with muscle necrosis may approximate the massive fluid volume needs of a severely burned patient. This may involve intravenous administration of several liters of fluid until the condition stabilizes.

Diuretic medications such as mannitol or furosemide may aid in flushing the pigment out of the kidneys. If the urine output is sufficient, bicarbonate may be given to maintain an alkaline urine state. This helps to prevent the dissociation of myoglobin into toxic compounds.

Rhabdomyolysis results from any condition that causes significant muscle damage. These include:

  • Certain muscle diseases
  • Severe muscle injuries (e.g., crush injury)
  • Overuse of alcohol or illicit drugs
  • Use of some prescription drugs
  • Severe seizures or convulsions

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Rhabdomyolysis

If you or a loved one has taken the Statin drugs, Baycol or Crestor and have been diagnosed with Rhabdomyolysis, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective drug attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Baycol Class Action Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

Jun 17, 2011
Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that was nearly unanimous, two West Virginians will be able to go forward with a Baycol class action lawsuit that seeks economic damages.  The decision overturns previous federal court rulings that prohibited a West Virginia state court from certifying the Baycol lawsuit as a class action.The West Virginia Baycol lawsuit was brought in September 2001, a month after Bayer pulled the cholesterol-lowering drug off the market because of its association...

Citing Muscle Risks, FDA Restricts Highest Zocor Dose

Jun 9, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
Patients taking the statin Zocor (simvastatin) should not be given the highest 80 mg dose in their first year of treatment, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  The agency's review of a clinical trial, as well as an analysis of its adverse even reports prove that such patients face the highest risk of suffering myopathy (severe muscle injury), including it's most severe form, rhabdomyolysis.Zocor 80 mg should be used only in patients who have been taking this dose...

Simvastatin and Amiodarone Linked to Possibly Fatal Muscle Disease

Aug 8, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
The combination of simvastatin and amiodarone, an anti-arrhythmia medication, has been linked to a rare muscle condition that can cause kidney damage and death.  The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) first warned against combining the drugs in 2002 because of their association with the condition - called rhabdomyolysis -  but has continued to received reports of its occurrence.Amiodarone is an ingredient in Wyeth's Cordarone and is also sold generically. Simvastatin is an...

Report: Bayer Held Back on Drug Dangers

Nov 23, 2004 | Los Angeles Times
Another pharmaceutical company may have concealed safety information about a dangerous drug this time Bayer and its once-popular cholesterol medication Baycol according to a report in a prominent medical journal.Baycol was pulled from the market in 2001, but an analysis released Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Assn. argued there were strong indications of its dangers three months after its introduction in 1998.The report adds to concerns that the Food and Drug Administration's...

Advocate Suggests Crestor May Harm Kidneys

Oct 29, 2004 | AP
Consumer advocate Dr. Sidney Wolfe renewed his effort Friday to get the anti-cholesterol drug Crestor removed from sale. Wolfe sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration citing 29 cases of kidney problems 18 of kidney failure and 11 of kidney insufficiency out of some 4.5 million prescriptions for the drug between Jan. 1, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2003. That is more kidney problems than reported by all other statin-type anti-cholesterol drugs, Wolfe said. Emily Denney, a spokesperson for...

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