Life-threatening Muscle Condition Rhabdomyolysis Linked to Zocor, Vytorin 10/80

October 11, 2013

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects
Patients who took Zocor (80mg), the generic simvastatin (80mg) or Vytorin 10/80 and developed rhabdomyolysis.
Damages
Zocor (80mg), Vytorin 10/80 and the generic simvastatin (80mg) can cause rhabdomyolysis, a serious form of muscle injury which releases muscle fiber contents into the bloodstream. Rhabdomyolysis can lead to kidney damage, kidney failure and death.
Company(ies)
Merck
Additional Details
Zocor is a cholesterol-lowering drug that works by blocking the production of cholesterol in the body.
Date
On March 19, 2010, the FDA released a warning to highlight the risk of rhabdomyolysis, a severe form of muscle damage, in patients taking the highest approved dose of Zocor (80mg).