In 2012, the FDA warned that Crestor (rosuvastatin) could increase users’ risk of memory loss, confusion, and cognitive impairment. Although rare, memory loss can be debilitating. The problem is that many people do not realize that memory loss is a potential side effect of Crestor. The lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are now evaluating Crestor memory loss lawsuits on behalf of the victims of this drug injury.
Free Crestor Memory Loss Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or your loved one was diagnosed with memory loss after taking Crestor, contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What is Crestor?
Crestor (rosuvastatin) is a cholesterol-lowering statin that is manufactured by AstraZeneca. Since its approval in 2003, Crestor has become one of the most popular and profitable drugs on the market. In 2012, global sales exceeded $6.6 billion. Millions of people use Crestor to reduce levels of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol and their risk of cardiovascular disease.
Crestor and Memory Loss
The Crestor Prescribing Information (PDF) includes the following warning about the risk of memory loss:
“There have been rare post-marketing reports of cognitive impairment (e.g., memory loss, forgetfulness, amnesia, memory impairment, confusion) associated with statin use. … The reports are generally non-serious, and reversible upon statin discontinuation, with variable times to symptom onset (1 day to years) and symptom resolution (median of 3 weeks).”
FDA Warnings for Crestor Memory Loss
In February 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Communication with the following safety information regarding reports of Crestor memory loss:
- Memory loss generally occurred in individuals over 50 years old.
- Memory loss was notable, but ill-defined cognitive impairment.
- Symptoms resolved when Crestor was discontinued.
- Onset time was highly variable — ranging from one day to years after starting Crestor.
- Cases were not associated with progressive dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
- Reports showed no association between memory loss and age, dose, type of statin, or other medications.
- Studies do not suggest that memory loss is common or associated with long-term cognitive decline.
What is Memory Loss?
Memory loss (also known as “amnesia”) involves unusual forgetfulness. Severe cases can disrupt daily life and make it difficult to retain recently learned information. Although mild memory loss and forgetfulness are a normal part of aging, dramatic memory loss is not normal. People with dramatic memory loss need to talk to a doctor to find out what is causing the problem. Crestor patients may need to discontinue Crestor, switch to another drug, or take a lower dose of Crestor.
Symptoms of Memory Loss
Crestor memory loss symptoms can include:
- Forgetting events
- Trouble remembering appointments, dates, places, events, etc.
- Trouble understanding things that are not happening immediately
- Asking the same questions repeatedly
- Trouble solving problems
- Unable to drive to a familiar location
- Difficulty working with numbers
- Poor concentration
- Misplacing things or putting them in unusual places
- Decreased vocabulary
Do I Have a Crestor Memory Loss Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Crestor lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Crestor Memory Loss Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was diagnosed with memory loss after taking Crestor, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Crestor memory loss lawsuit and we can help.