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Avandia- The Type Two Diabetes Drug and its Risks

The prescription drug Avandia, or rosiglitazone, has been used to treat high blood sugar levels associated with type II diabetes since 1999.  However, as far back as 2002, physicians and researchers have been concerned about the safety of the drug.  An increase in deaths due to heart attacks in those taking the drug prompted the FDA to order the drug maker GlaxoSmithKline to include prominent warnings on the drug's label. 

Please read to learn more about Avandia and the potential dangers of taking the drug.   

  • Use - Avandia is used to treat high blood pressure in patients with type two diabetes. The drug is intended to help your body use insulin more efficiently and reduce the rate of insulin in the body.

  • Before Using- There are many warnings attached to the use of this drug. Avandia is not to be used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers or children. A list of warnings is available here. Some of the medical problems that you need to tell you doctor about before taking Avendia include but are not limited to: diabetic ketoacidosis, lactic asidosis, type one diabetes, edema, liver disease, jaundice, heart disease, heart surgery or a history of heart attacks.

  • Precautions- Some of the symptoms associated with Avandia that you should tell your doctor about right away include: abdominal or stomach pain, dark urine, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, unusual tiredness, yellow eyes or skin, chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating or pain in the arms , jaw, back or neck. Many of these symptoms are associated with the liver and heart problems that the drug may cause. Please seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms.

Recent studies of Avandia have caused the FDA to call off a large clinical trial of Avandia.  The FDA itself has estimated that Avandia caused over 83,000 heart attacks between 1999 and 2007. 

Your experienced, local Wisconsin based attorneys at Hupy & Abraham hope that the information listed here will help you consider the risks of taking Avandia.  Avandia has not yet been recalled, but many are seeking for a total recall of the drug.

If you believe that you or your family member has been injured or killed by the drug Avandia, please contact an attorney today for your free consultation.