Avandia Side Effects and Lawsuits


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Approximately 20 million Americans suffer from type-2 (adult) diabetes in this country.  And over the last decade or so, many of them have been using the diabetes drug Avandia.  This is an oral medication that literally increases the sensitivity of insulin receptors and helps control blood sugar levels.  It may be used in conjunction with insulin and other diabetes medications for the best treatment and control of type-2 diabetes.  In cannot, however, be used in the treatment of type-1 diabetes.  GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Avandia, has also found that it is beneficial for the treatment of ulcerative colitis, Alzheimer’s disease, and inflammation. 

Risks and Symptoms of Avandia

While many patients have found great success in the treatment of their type-2 diabetes through the use of Avandia, there have also been some side effects.  Most are not as serious, such as

  • Breathing difficulties and shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fluid retention
  • Susceptibility to bruising
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased hunger and/or thirst
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea

However, the more serious side effects include

  • Congestive heart failure or heart attack
  • The propensity for hand and foot fractures

This topic is still extremely controversial, and while some believe the evidence for heart attacks or stroke as a result of patients’ use of Avandia is inconclusive, many others have seen a significant difference in the incidence of these diseases in studies where some participants were given a placebo and the rest Avandia. 

Avandia Claims and Lawsuits

Many personal injury lawsuits have been filed by those believing they have been injured by the inaccurate and deceiving claims by the pharmaceutical company that the drug was not dangerous.  In addition, a class action lawsuit was filed in New York federal court against GlaxoSmithKline, its CEO and CFO.  However, while the health community and the FDA are asking doctors and patients to examine closely the appropriateness of Avandia for each patient, they are not asking that all patients be taken off this drug.  There can be additional risks to changing medications abruptly or frequently, so such decisions should be made in close consultation with the diabetes patient’s physician.

Legal Help from a Lawyer

Anyone who has been injured as a result of their use of Avandia for the care and maintenance of type-2 diabetes should consult a lawyer to determine if they have grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit.  In addition, their attorney can determine if they can join the class action lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Avandia.  It has already been shown that there is some relationship between taking Avandia and developing heart problems, blood clots, or strokes, so patients who believe they are experiencing the precursors to such diseases should consult their physicians immediately and, if found to have adverse symptoms, consult a personal injury attorney to learn how to protect their rights and obtain any compensation that is due them for their injuries.

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