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Avandia Warning Issued

Avandia is a prescription drug used to treat patients with type-2 diabetes that helps these individuals to control blood glucose levels.  Avandia is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and was introduced to the market in 1999.  Avandia belongs to a group of drugs known as thiazoliodinediones and this drug is not meant to be used with patients who have insulin-dependent type-1 diabetes.  Due to a number of side effects the FDA has issued an Avandia Warning to inform doctors and patients.

Avandia has been linked to a number of side effects that include Avandia Heart Attack, congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary embolism (lung blood clot), and stroke.  Other side effects reported by physicians and patients include bone fractures of the hand and feet.  Reports of Avandia side effects have forced the FDA to issue an Avandia Warning.

Early in 2007, the Food and Drug administration (FDA) issued a national Avandia Warning to alert healthcare providers and consumers about the health complications associated with the diabetes drug Avandia including an Avandia Heart Attack.

Along with this Avandia Warning that describes the factors at risk, the FDA also ordered GlaxoSmithKline to place a “Black Box” Avandia Warning on all of their packaging labels.  A “Black Box” label is the most serious of FDA warnings that can be placed on prescription drug labels.  This “Black Box” label indicates that Avandia has the potential to cause severe injury, permanent disability and/or death. 

 

Studies Shows Increased Chance of Heart Attack

In late 2007, the Cleveland Clinic conducted a study on patients who were taking Avandia therapy.  This clinic found that patients on Avandia experienced a 43% greater chance of having a heart attack, 50% greater risk to experience congestive heart failure and 64% to experience a sudden cardiac death.  Although the FDA has issued a “Black Box” warning about an Avandia Heart Attack risk, the agency has yet to issue an Avandia recall.   

As with any medication you might take, some individuals will be at risk of experiencing potentially fatal adverse side effects.  Factors that increase a patient’s risk of severe Avandia complications are individuals that have a history of congestive heart failure, visions problems, heart attack, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver dysfunction and stroke.  To avoid such risks make sure that you discuss your complete medical history with your healthcare provider before taking Avandia.  Also let your doctor know what other medications you are taking including vitamins and natural supplements.  Tell your physician if you are on anticonvulsant drugs, asthma drugs, birth control pills, diuretics, steroids and/or thyroid medications as these drugs may cause you to experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) while on Avandia.  Because of the severity of Avandia side effects you should seek immediate medical assistance if you experience any of the associated problems.  Make sure you Read the Avandia Warning about the associated Avandia Heart Attack.  

If you have experienced an Avandia Heart Attack, congestive heart failure, pulmonary embolism or any other Avandia side effect you may be entitled to financial compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.   A “Black Box” Avandia Warning has brought about concerns by consumers and physicians that have initiated Avandia lawsuits.  Avandia lawsuits are being filed across the country.

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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