Despite Avandia’s effectiveness at helping patients control their blood sugar levels, Avandia has also been reported to cause some severe, potentially fatal side effects. Patients injured after taking Avandia should:
- Seek emergency medical care to prevent further health complications.
- Work with their doctor to find a safer alternative to Avandia.
- Once they have stabilized their health, consult an experienced defective drug attorney to find out if they are entitled to compensation via an Avandia lawsuit.
Side Effects of Avandia
Some of the most common side effects associated with Avandia include:
- Bone fractures
- Liver failure
- Head aches
- Back pain
- Severe allergic reaction
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Blurred vision
- Myocardial ischemia (angina, myoscardial infarction)
*** Avandia® Labeling Update 2/4/11: The FDA has notified healthcare professionals and patients that information on the cardiovascular risks (including heart attack) of Avandia (rosiglitazone) has been added to the physician labeling and patient Medication Guide. Additionally, the drug labels have been revised to state that rosiglitazone and rosiglitazone-containing medicines should only be used:
- In patients already being treated with these medicines
- In patients whose blood sugar cannot be controlled with other anti-diabetic medicines and who, after consulting with their healthcare professional, do not wish to use pioglitazone-containing medicines (Actos, Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR, or Duetact).