FAQs – Baycol

Why was Baycol withdrawn from the market on August 8, 2001?

Baycol (Cerivastatin), Bayer’s cholesterol-lowering drug was withdrawn following reports to the FDA of at least 31 deaths in the US alone resulting from use of the drug.
What should I do if I am taking Baycol?

If you are taking Baycol, contact your physician to discuss alternative medications. If you are taking Baycol and experience muscle pain, discontinue Baycol immediately and contact your physician for further advice.
What should I do if I am taking Baycol and gemfibrozil (Lopid)?

If you are taking Baycol and gemfibrozil (LOPID), discontinue the Baycol immediately and contact your physician for further advice.
What is rhabdomyolysis?

Rhabdomyolysis is a very rare condition where serious muscle damage results in release of muscle cell contents into the bloodstream. On very rare instances, rhabdomyolysis may result in kidney damage and other organ damage which may be fatal.

How do I know if I am having this serious reaction (rhabdomyolysis) to Baycol?

Patients who develop rhabdomyolysis often have muscle aches involving their calves, back, or their entire body. The pain may be accompanied by weakness, fever, nausea, vomiting, and passing of dark urine.
What should I do if I think I’m having this reaction (rhabdomyolysis) to Baycol?

Stop the drug immediately and call your physician.

What is Baycol used for?

Baycol is a cholesterol-lowering drug belonging to a class of drugs known as “statins”. It is prescribed to reduce your cholesterol and to reduce your risk of heart disease.

Will I have any problems if I stop Baycol?

If you were prescribed Baycol to lower your cholesterol, these levels may go back to where they were before you received the drug. These changes will not occur immediately but will most likely occur over a couple of days to weeks. If you stop Baycol, be sure to consult your physician to discuss alternative therapies for lowering your cholesterol.

Are there any alternatives to Baycol?

There are five (5) other drugs in the same class (statins) available in the U.S. market. They are atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), and simvastatin (Zocor). There are also other drugs approved for lowering cholesterol that are not statin drugs. You should consult your physician to determine which treatment is right for you.

Do the other statins have the same safety concerns as Baycol?

All statins have been associated with very rare reports of rhabdomyolysis. These rare cases can occur when the drugs are used alone or in combination with another lipid-lowering drug such as gemfibrozil. However, cases of fatal rhabdomyolysis in association with Baycol use have been reported more frequently than other approved statins.

How serious are the problems experienced by users of Baycol?

The national health care monitoring organization Public Citizen has reported that, based on their exhaustive analysis of FDA data on Baycol, the drug is responsible for roughly 380 cases of serious muscle degeneration, as many cases as caused by all other statins combined. Further, the group conservatively estimates that there are at least ten unreported cases for every cases of injury or death reported to the FDA due to the very lax medical reporting requirements.

Do Baycol Users Have A Right To Be Compensated For Any Health Problems Caused By Baycol?

If Baycol has caused you or a loved one significant physical damage, you may be entitled to a large compensatory award. You must protect those legal rights before they lapse by passage of time and are barred by various states’ statutes of limitations. You should contact an attorney to evaluate your rights. Many valuable legal rights are lost everyday because of people’s failure to take legal precautions