BAYCOL

Baycol drugs lower cholesterol by blocking a specific enzyme which is used in the synthesis of cholesterol. Bayer Pharmaceutical Division withdrew this drug from the market on August 8, 2001 because of increased reports of sometimes fatal rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyclysis is a condition which results in muscle cell breakdown and release of the contents of the muscle cells into the bloodstream. This condition can lead to kidney failure, multi-organ failure, and death.

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BAYCOL FACTS
Baycol (cerivastatin)

Manufacturer: Bayer

Pharmaceutical Dates on the market: 6/26/97 – 8/8/01

Indication for use: Treatment of high cholesterol

Serious Adverse Events:
Liver Damage/Failure
Rhabdomyolysis (skeletal muscle destruction) Kidney Failure

Symptoms of this condition include: muscle pain, weakness, fever, dark urine, nausea and vomiting. There have been over 480 reports of rhabdomyolysis and 31 deaths associated with Baycol reported to the FDA.

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