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What is Baycol?

Baycol is a prescription drug manufactured by Glaxo-Smith-Kline and Bayer.  The drug is also known as cerivastatin.  This drug was approved in 1999 and was prescribed for people with heightened levels of cholesterol.

Is There Any Danger to Using Baycol?

The manufacturers of Baycol originally lowered the recommended dosage of Baycol in 1999, and then in 2001, one manufacturer pulled the drug altogether from shelves.  Originally believed to only cause minor muscle aches and kidney problems, it was determined in 2001 that Baycol may cause rhabdomylosis, or severe muscle reactions.  Rhabdomylosis can eventually result in severe kidney damage and possible death.  An estimated 100+ deaths are believed to have been caused by Baycol.

What are the Symptoms of Rhabdomylosis that Baycol Causes?

Baycol causes muscle aches in backs, calves, or the entire body.  Furthermore, pain might also be accompanied by dark urine, general weakness, nausea, fever, and vomiting.  Higher dosages of Baycol cause heightened or more profound symptoms.

Have Lawsuits Been Filed against the Manufacturers of this Drug?

A number of lawsuits have been filed against Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline and are still pending.  These manufacturers also have settled out of court with a number of parties. 

Should I Contact a Lawyer Regarding My Baycol Related Health Problems?

If you or a loved one took Baycol and have suffered from rhabdomyolysis or any of its symptoms you should contact an experienced products liability attorney to discuss the facts of your case and help you evaluate your available options.

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Last Modified: 11-10-2011 04:41 PM PST

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