During the early part of the 2000s, there were reports of fatal Rhabdomyolysis cases associated with the use of Baycol, the anti-cholesterol drug. Baycol was withdrawn from the market in the United States on August 8th, 2001.
Since then, there have been thousands of cases filed against Bayer, the company that manufactured Baycol, over injuries caused by the drug. More than $1 billion have been negotiated with victims in damage settlements.
Common Questions about Baycol
Although it has been withdrawn from the market, many people still have a lot of questions about Baycol and rhabdomyolysis. Here is a look at some of the most common questions about the drug and the condition it causes.
Q1: Where can Baycol be purchased?
A: Baycol can no longer be legally purchased in the United States. The drug was withdrawn as a result of reports that it was causing severe and in some cases, fatal rhabdomyolysis.
Q2: What is Rhabdomyolysis?
A: Rhabdomyolysis is a condition which causes serious muscle damage that releases muscle cell contents, like myoglobin, into the bloodstream. Some of the common symptoms of this condition include, but are not limited to weakness, muscle pain, tenderness, fever, malaise, nausea, vomiting, and dark urine. In rare cases, rhabdomyolysis can cause kidney damage as well as damage to other organs, which could be fatal.
Q3: How can one tell if they have rhabdomyolysis?
A: If you have developed rhabdomyolysis, you will often experience muscle aches in areas such as your back, calves or entire body as well as general weakness and fatigue. This may be combined with nausea, vomiting, fever and dark urine which is almost bloodlike, which occurs as a result of the increased myoglobin. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should get in touch with your doctor immediately.
Q4: What should be done if you are currently taking Baycol?
A: First off, you should stop using Baycol immediately. This drug was withdrawn from the market because of serious, unpreventable health problems. Also, given that it is not legal to distribute or sell Baycol in the US, there is no guarantee that the medication you are taking is equivalent to the real drug Baycol. You should talk to your doctor about alternative medications and also ask for further advice.
Q5: What to do if your doctor gave you Baycol?
A: First of all, you should consult another doctor to identify any medical problems that may have occurred because of your use of Baycol. Then, you should consider talking to a qualified attorney. If your healthcare provider gave you the drug after August 8th, 2001, then your physician has likely violated the medical standard of care and is liable for the injuries you have suffered.
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If you or a loved one has suffered harm or injury due to Baycol use, you should immediately seek the help of the qualified personal injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. The first meeting is free. What do you have to say?
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