Baycol® belongs to a class of cholesterol drugs known as statins, which work to lower cholesterol by blocking certain enzymes that lead to the production of cholesterol. Baycol was widely used in the U.S. until it was linked to an increased risk of a fatal condition known as rhabdomyolysis.
Baycol Side Effects
As with any drug, there are side effects associated with Baycol® use. The side effects of Baycol include:
- Abdominal pain
- Liver abnormalities
- Dark urine
- Muscle soreness
In addition to these side effects, Baycol® has been linked to an increased risk of rhabdomyolysis, a rare muscle condition that can lead to kidney failure and death. If Baycol® is combined with gemfibrozil (a cholesterol drug that lowers triglyceride levels), the risk of rhabdomyolysis is increased even further.
In August 2001, Bayer Pharmaceuticals voluntarily withdrew Baycol® from the market due to the deaths of 31 people who developed rhabdomyolysis. At least 12 of the deaths were attributed to the use of Baycol® in conjunction with gemfibrozil.
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