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FDA Issues Avandia Alert

Avandia is an oral prescription drug used to treat type-2 diabetes in adults who can’t lower their blood sugar levels through lifestyle alone.  Avandia works by helping the body use the insulin it already has.  Avandia is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  There have been a number of severe side effects reported leading to an Avandia Warning which may lead to an Avandia Recall in the future.

In September of 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the Avandia Warning with additional safety labeling and restrictions for use.  This was also done for generics of Avandia as well.  GSK has agreed to work with the FDA and follow the new requirements.  The FDA is requiring GSK to keep healthcare providers informed on new information as it comes out.  The FDA has recommended that patients who are taking Avandia should not discontinue use of Avandia without consulting their physicians first. If you are interested on keeping up with new information take a look at the FDA website for the Avandia Warning and possible Avandia Recall in the future.

Avandia Warning concerning Strokes and Heart Attacks

Important safety information required by the FDA for Avandia and its generics includes Avandia can cause or worsen heart failure.  If you have preexisting conditions of heart failure you can’t begin Avandia therapy.  Avandia is also not recommended if you have heart problems with symptoms like shortness of breath or swelling, even if your symptoms are not serious.  The new Avandia Warning also states if you have a reduced blood flow to the heart, or experience chest pain (angina) or heart attack, Avandia will increase your risk of heart complications especially if you are taking nitrates or insulin.  If you experience chest pain or pressure, you should experience medical attention as soon as possible.  Let your doctor know if you have swollen legs or ankles, a rapid increase in weight, difficulty breathing, fatigue, changes in vision or if you become pregnant.

Noting the above Avandia Warning make sure that you review all your medical history with your doctor before you take Avandia therapy.  Let your doctor know if you have a history of heart failure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, taking insulin or nitrates, have eye problems due to diabetes, liver dysfunction or are pregnant or will become pregnant.  If you are a female you should know that taking Avandia therapy will increase the risk of getting pregnant.  Other side effects have been reported such as hand and foot fractures, anemia and hypoglycemia.  Let your doctor know if you have osteoporosis, blood problems and/or low blood sugar.  Your healthcare provider may need to run more tests to see if Avandia is right for you.

Provided you are healthy, prescription Avandia along with diet and exercise will improve your blood sugar levels to normal if you have adult type-2 diabetes.  For more information on Avandia, please see the Avandia Medication Guide and make sure you read the Avandia Warning carefully.  Visit the Avandia site to keep up to date and keep an eye out for a possible Avandia Recall.

You May be entitled to Compensation, so act now.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Avandia Therapy, contact us now to speak with our qualified professionals about possible compensation.  Call us now at 877-222-7069 or use the contact form for a free case review.  


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