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Dangerous Drugs Avandia

Used to treat type 2 diabetes, Avandia® has been linked to serious side effects; patients have had a higher instance of heart failure, as well as a greater chance of liver problems after taking Avandia®. The most common diabetes drug in the U.S., Avandia®, or rosiglitazone, is designed to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin. It is used only to treat type 2, non-insulin dependent diabetes, and has been on the market since 1999. Avandia® is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, and an estimated 60 million prescriptions for it have been written.

In December 2006, GlaxoSmithKline alerted physicians that Avandia® had been shown to have side effects that include two kinds of edema in patients. Peripheral edema is a swelling of the extremities due to fluid buildup, while macular edema is a swelling and protein buildup in the eye. These conditions can lead to a multitude of other health complications, including congestive heart failure. One study concluded that individuals taking Avandia® were 43 percent more likely to have a heart attack.

Avandia Side Effects

The macular edema caused by Avandia® has been shown to cause:

  • vision problems,
  • blurred vision
  • decreased visual acuity
  • liver problems,
  • rapid weight gain,
  • jaundice,
  • hypoglycemia.

If you or someone you know has suffered health complications of any kind after taking Avandia®, please call us for a free consultation at (863) 669-9999.


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