Recent studies have shown proof of a link between Actos and bladder cancer. It’s also been shown to create or exacerbate congestive heart failure, as well as several other conditions and side effects. Because of these study findings, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings regarding the prescription and use of Actos, also known as pioglitazone. Despite alarming study results and FDA warnings, the drug has not been recalled. Tulsa Actos lawsuits, Oklahoma Actos lawsuits, and an Actos class action lawsuit are all moving forward to help those who have suffered Actos side effects to secure damages and compensation.
Actos Side Effects
The most serious side effects associated with taking Actos are bladder cancer and congestive heart failure. Symptoms of bladder cancer include blood in the urine, an urgent need to urinate, pain while urinating, and pain in the lower back or abdomen. Symptoms of congestive heart failure include substantial weight gain in a short amount of time, shortness of breath, and swelling, also called edema. Also, more women who take pioglitazone develop fractures, especially in the hands, arms, feet, ankles, and lower legs than women who do not take pioglitazone.
Other Actos side effects include, but are not limited to: runny nose and other cold symptoms; headaches; muscle pain; tooth or mouth pain; sore throat; nausea; vomiting; loss of appetite; excessive tiredness; yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes; blurred vision; and vision loss.
Despite studies producing evidence of the devastating side effects of Actos, it has not been recalled from the market.
Actos and FDA Warnings
On June 15, 2011, the FDA announced a link between Actos and bladder cancer in patients who took the drug for more than one year. The FDA’s warning was based upon its review of data from a five-year interim analysis of an ongoing, ten-year epidemiological study involving more than 193,000 people, 40 years or older, with type 2 diabetes. According to the study, the link between Actos and cancer was more prevalent in patients who took Actos for more than a year. Those patients had a 40 percent higher risk of developing bladder cancer.
In its warning, the FDA noted that it is aware of a recent epidemiological study in France which also suggests an increased risk of bladder cancer with pioglitazone, the main ingredient in Actos. In the French study, the nation’s health insurance agency studied approximately 1.5 million people with diabetes who were taking pioglitazone, and bladder cancer was found to be a probable risk as a result of taking the drug. As a result, France has suspended the use of pioglitazone. In addition, Germany has recommended not prescribing pioglitazone to new patients.
The FDA has recommended that healthcare professionals should:
- not use pioglitzazone in patients who have been diagnosed with active bladder cancer
- use pioglitazone with caution in patients who have a history of bladder cancer; the benefits of controlling blood sugar should be weighed against the risk of cancer returning
What is Actos?
Actos (pioglitazone) is a drug use to treat type 2 diabetes. It is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Takeda. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1999. Actos is in the class of medications called thiazolidinediones, also known as the glitazones. It works by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which helps control blood glucose levels. Actos is not intended to treat type 1 diabetes, or diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious condition that requires immediate medical treatment.
Actos Side Effects: What To Do
If you or someone you know is taking Actos, or any other brand of drug that contains pioglitazone, it is important to speak with your physician about potential side effects. This is particularly important if you are taking any other anti diabetic drugs in combination with Actos, or if you have a history of congestive heart failure.
If you or a loved one has experienced serious side effects after taking Actos, you may be able to take part in an Oklahoma Actos lawsuit. The Oklahoma law team at McIntyre Law is comprised of experienced Oklahoma Actos lawyers. No matter where in Oklahoma you live, we can help you.
If we find you are eligible to participate in an Actos class action lawsuit, we will use our resources to assist you in receiving compensation. The goal of the Oklahoma and Tulsa Actos lawsuits is to secure compensation for pain, physical injury, suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. If you are a victim of Actos side effects, please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Tulsa Actos lawyer or an Oklahoma Actos lawyer. You may also fill out our contact form, or call us toll free at (877) 917-5250.
If You Can’t Participate in the Oklahoma Actos Lawsuit
If you live outside the state and cannot take part in the Oklahoma Actos litigation, you may still be eligible to participate in an Actos lawsuit. We are currently accepting Actos class action lawsuit cases across the country in:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
What if I Haven’t Taken Actos?
If you’ve never taken Actos, you should be aware that several other drugs have been recalled after causing injuries to the people who took them. The McIntyre Law team is assisting many of those people with drug lawsuits like this. Please take a look at our drug information pages to learn whether you may be affected by other drug recalls: