Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that can affect every aspect of a diabetes patient’s life. Diabetes may affect the kidneys, nerves, eyes, and feet; complications of diabetes include skin problems, digestive problems, dental problems, and sexual dysfunction. There is no cure for diabetes. Some symptoms can be managed with diet and exercise, but diet and exercise alone may not be enough. Diabetes drugs are often prescribed to prevent complications. But, Wisconsin personal injury attorney Michael Hupy warns, these drugs can have serious side-effects.
Many of the drugs used to treat diabetes belong to a class called thiazolidinediones, which include Rezulin (troglitazone), Avandia (rosiglitazone), and Actos (pioglitazone). Rezulin was linked to drug-induced hepatitis and withdrawn from the U.S. market. Avandia has been found to increase the risk of heart attack and other cardiac complications. It is now only used in patients when other medications don’t work.
When Actos was approved in 1999, it was believed that the drug would have fewer side effects than earlier treatments for type 2 diabetes. However, over the past 13 years, Actos has been linked to serious complications, including congestive heart failure, edema, fractures and Actos bladder cancer. Actos has been banned in both Germany and France because of its dangerous side effects.
If you are one of the more than two million Americans taking Actos to control diabetes, talk to your doctor. Only your doctor can determine if the benefits of Actos outweigh the risks. If you have suffered bladder cancer or congestive heart failure after taking Actos, talk to a Wisconsin personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. To learn more, contact the Wisconsin Actos injury lawyers at Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678. The initial consultation is free.