What is Avandia? Avandia is a prescription drug developed by GlaxoSmithKline to treat type 2 diabetes. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, Avandia works to improve blood sugar levels in diabetes patients. Avandia is designed to help your body make use of the insulin it produces and control the levels of sugar in the liver. Additionally, Avandia can be used in conjunction with other diabetes medications as directed by your doctor.
Who Should Not Take Avandia?
People with a history of heart failure, liver disease, or fluid retention should not take Avandia to control diabetes. Studies show that Avandia can aggravate liver functioning and cause inflammation of the liver. Individuals with type one diabetes should not take Avandia. Patients who are taking Avandia should have periodic liver enzyme tests.
Other health problems patients should be aware of while taking Avandia
Heart failure is a rare but potential side effect of taking Avandia. The symptoms of heart failure include chest pain, shortness of breath, a rapid increase or decrease in weight, and fluid retention. Hypoglycemia, or dangerously low blood sugar, is another potential side effect of taking Avandia. Headache, dizziness, rapid heart beat, sweating, tremors, and weakness are all possible signs of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is more likely when Avandia is taken with other oral diabetes medications, and should be discussed with your health care professional prior to taking the drug. If you suffer from any of these side effects as a result of taking Avandia, you may be eligible for an Avandia lawsuit.