Many type-2 diabetic patients have taken and still are taking Avandia to help with glucose control; however, the risks may be greater than the reward. Avandia has been linked to many cardiovascular risks, including congestive heart failure and increased risk of heart attack. Although the prescription and use of the drug is now subject to significant restrictions, it has not been recalled. The FDA did conduct aftermarket studies regarding heart risks, and restricted the use of Avandia by asking that the drug be pulled from pharmacy shelves. The drug is now only made available through a special program.
Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Archives of Internal Medicine, among others, have linked Avandia to heart attack, cardiovascular risks and even death. However, Avandia manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline maintains that the drug is safe, and has sought to downplay the findings that show serious cardiovascular risks.
Sadly, because Avandia was on the shelves for so long, many people have and are experiencing the dangerous effects of this harmful drug, which include eye risks in addition to the risk of heart disease. According to the 2009 study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, people who have taken Avandia seem to be at higher risk for macular edema, which can cause swelling of the macula, the portion of the retina that controls the sharp central vision. Other safety concerns about the drug include liver problems and an increased risk of bone fractures in women.
If you have experienced loss of vision or heart problems while taking Avandia, please speak up and voice your concerns. Our pharmaceutical litigation attorneys would like to help you seek justice for the harmful side effects you have suffered.
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