Avandia® linked to Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Attacks & Fractures

Avandia® or rosiglitazone maleate is a prescription drug for diabetics. Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, this is specifically used to treat Type II diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes. The drug works by helping to control blood sugar levels.

Side Effects of Avandia®
Some of the common side effects resulting from the use of Avandia® are headaches, weight gain, back pain, anemia, broken bones, and increased susceptibility to bruising. The more severe side effects are congestive heart failure and heart attacks. Congestive heart failure can be fatal as the heart will be unable to pump well enough to meet the body’s demand for oxygen. Heart failure symptoms include breathlessness, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, and swelling of the extremities. Heart attacks can also be caused by this drug.

Those who have increased vulnerability to side effects arising from Avandia® use are patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes-related eye problems, liver disease, and stroke.

FDA & Avandia®
An FDA Alert on 19th November, 2007 called for Avandia®’s manufacturer to modify the prescribing information for rosiglitazone (Avandia®) including a new Boxed Warning. It also called for changes to the label stating the potential increased risk of myocardial ischemia. FDA also requested the manufacturer to create a Medication Guide for patient use that would contain guidelines on the use of rosiglitazone.

On 14th August,2007, FDA announced yet another alert. It called for a new Boxed Warning on Avandia®. It also asked them to update the content under Warnings, Precautions and Contraindications stressing that rosiglitazone could cause or exacerbate heart failure, especially in certain patients. Never stop any medication, including Avandia®, unless under the specific directions of your fully informed and licensed physician / medical doctor

The Law & Avandia®
If you or your loved ones have used Avandia and suffered from side effects like congestive heart failure or heart attacks, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Eric W. Gruenwald, Attorney / Lawyer for more information at 866-529-0001 Extension 245.

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