Drug companies claim that Zocor, known as simvastatin, lowers cholesterol through various doses. The FDA warns that the highest dose allowed (80 mg) can cause muscle injury known as myopathy and the more serious form called rhabdomyolysis, which can be fatal.
The FDA reports that all statin-class drugs may cause the condition, but the highest doses are posing a particular problem. However, the agency is not recalling the drug or even telling doctors not to prescribe it. Instead, the agency is advising doctors and patients to watch for symptoms of the damage, such as muscle pain, red urine, tenderness, weakness or unexplained tireness.
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