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Over the past several months, I have heard many news reports about Actos and the fact that it is linked to cases of bladder cancer. But what exactly is Actos and how does it work?

After extensive research performed by the Wisconsin personal injury attorneys in our office, we have found that Actos is a prescription drug intended to help control blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes.

The active ingredient in Actos, a brand name drug made by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, is pioglitazone hydrochloride. Actos is a type of medicine that doctors refer to as a thiazolidinedione, or TZD, and it helps the body become more sensitive to insulin, which in turn helps to manage the body’s blood sugar.

Actos does this by helping the body do the following:

  • Preventing the liver from creating more sugar than necessary
  • Helping the body to make better use of the insulin that it makes naturally 

Actos also helps to lower blood glucose levels by increasing the sensitivity of liver, fat, and muscle cells to insulin. This enables the cells to remove glucose from the blood more effectively. It also reduces the amount of glucose produced by the liver, and preserves the functioning of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.

While all of these attributes seem beneficial in theory, what many patients did not anticipate was developing bladder cancer while taking Actos. Recent studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between Actos and an increased risk for bladder cancer, which is why we urge anyone who has suffered an Actos injury in Wisconsin to contact us for more information. 

Not only will the Wisconsin personal injury attorneys at Hupy and Abraham provide you with more information on the dangers of Actos, but they will also sit down with you—for free—to discuss your options. Simply call them at 800.800.5678 or fill out our online form. 

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