Avandia

March 04, 2011 @ 03:09 PM -- by

As a Corpus Christi Avandia lawyer, I am following the problems which have been associated with the drug. Avandia, (rosiglitazone maleate) is a prescription drug which is made by GlaxoSmithKline. It is used to treat "type-2", which is also known as "adult-onset" diabetes. Recently, due to problems with serious side effects, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that Avandia must have a "black box" warning.

 

According to the FDA, various clinical trials have shown that persons taking Avandia have a potentially significant increase in the risk of heart attacks and heart-related problems.

Despite these safety problems with Avandia, it is still used by over 2,000,000 individuals Avandia was approved for the treatment of diabetes in 1999. To date, over 60,000,000 prescriptions for the drug have been written.

Avandia has been linked to various side effects over the years, including:

Congestive heart failure, edema, and fluid retention

Low blood pressure, and

Liver toxicity

Since Avandia’s release, the FDA has been keeping an eye on the drug’s link to various serious heart-related events. These include congestive heart failure, fluid retention, and edema. The FDA has updated Avandia’s labeling to reflect these problems. The labeling now has a warning discussing the potential increase in heart attacks, as well as heart-related chest pain for people who use the drug.

Additionally, the FDA is now telling patients who are taking the drug, and especially those people who have underlying heart disease or who have a high risk of heart attack, to discuss these issues with their doctor. Because of the seriousness of type 2 diabetes, persons taking Avandia should not discontinue their medication unless their doctor tells them to quit the medication.

Contact Corpus Christi pharmaceutical lawyer Scott Nelson if you have had any of these problems with this medication.