Avandia, a once-popular, now-restricted drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, was restricted by the FDA because of its dangerous side effects. The function of Avandia was to make patients more sensitive to their bodies’ own insulin, thereby regulating their blood sugar levels. However, Avandia’s side effects led to the development of serious heart problems in some of its users, dangers which the FDA eventually decided outweighed the benefits of keeping the drug available to all patients.
The most serious side effect of Avandia, and the one that necessitated the FDA restriction, is the risk of heart attack or congestive heart failure. Following are some common signs of serious heart issues that may be side effects of taking Avandia:
Shortness of breath
Swelling of the hands, feet, and ankles
Sudden weight gain
The congestive heart failure caused by Avandia results from fluid retention, where fluid is retained and builds to the point where the pressure causes heart damage. This has lead to death in a number of patients taking Avandia. These higher levels of edema, when observed, should be brought to the attention of a medical professional immediately.
Users of Avandia have a 43% higher chance of experiencing heart attack and a 63% higher chance of a fatal cardiac event than non-users.
The FDA has ruled that only those patients who can attest to the fact that all other diabetes medications have been ineffective on them may be prescribed Avandia. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by the use of this drug, you may be entitled to compensation. More and more evidence suggests that GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Avandia, went out of its way to cover up what it knew were the serious risks of its product. Your pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages deserve to be paid back to you by the people responsible. Contact an experienced injury lawyer today by filling out the no-cost, no-obligation form on the right.