Recent studies have confirmed that Avandia (rosiglitazone) causes moderate to severe side effects, and possibly even death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not only issued warnings about the drug, but has severely restricted its use. Despite the study findings and actions taken by the FDA, Avandia has not been recalled. Tulsa Avandia lawsuits and Oklahoma Avandia lawsuits are being prepared to recover damages for those who have suffered from Avandia side effects.
Avandia Side Effects
Several conditions have been identified as moderate to severe side effects of Avandia. Two of the most serious are: heart failure, the symptoms of which include shortness of breath, and swelling of the ankles, legs, feet, and hands; and liver failure, indicated by nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dark urine, and yellowing of the skin or eyes. The risk of heart attack or stroke is also increased when taking Avandia.
Other side effects include, but are not limited to: severe allergic reactions (itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, or face); lightheadedness or fainting; blurred vision; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; numbness in the limbs; fatigue or weakness; pain or discomfort in the chest, jaw, or arms; and bone pain, particularly in the foot, hand, or upper arm.
Although studies have produced alarming evidence of serious side effects caused by Avandia, the drug has not been recalled from the market.
Avandia and FDA Restrictions
In September, 2010, the FDA mandated that Avandia labels be updated to include warnings of the cardiovascular risks associated with the drug. At that time, the agency also severely limited access to Avandia, and other drugs containing rosiglitazone, to only those patients who:
- are already being treated with Avandia or rosiglitazone-containing medications; or
- patients whose blood sugar cannot be controlled with any other medications, and who do not wish to replace rosiglitazone-containing medications with pioglitazone-containing medications (Actos, Actoplus Met, Actoplus Met XR, or Duetact)
Because of these restrictions, healthcare providers and patients are required to enroll in a special program to prescribe and receive Avandia or other rosiglitazone-containing medications. As of November 18, 2011, Avandia and other rosiglitazone-containing medications will not be available from retail pharmacies. Patients who are enrolled in the medication access program will receive their medication by mail from pharmacies certified to participate in the program.
Regardless of the restrictions imposed by the FDA, several Avandia side effects lawsuits are taking place across the country due to the serious side effects caused by the drug. As a result, sales of the drug have dropped dramatically.
What is Avandia?
Avandia (rosiglitazone) is manufactured by the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline to treat type 2 diabetes. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1999, to replace a similar diabetes medication called Rezulin, which was recalled from the market in 2000. Avandia is often prescribed with other medications, including insulin, to control blood sugar levels. Approximately 25.8 million people in the United States have some form of diabetes. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the country.
Avandia is the only brand medication that contains rosiglitazone alone. Two other brands, Avandamet and Avandaryls, also contain rosiglitazone, the drug responsible for so many severe Avandia side effects.
Avandia Side Effects: What To Do
If you or someone you know is taking Avandia, or any other rosiglitazone-containing medication, it is important to talk to your doctor about the possibility of side effects. This is especially critical if you already have a history of heart disease, congestive heart failure, or if you are at risk for a heart attack.
If you or a loved one have already suffered as a result of taking Avandia, or any other rosiglitazone-containing medication, you may be eligible to participate in a Tulsa Avandia lawsuit, or an Oklahoma Avandia lawsuit, depending on where you live. At McIntyre Law, our experienced Oklahoma law team includes both Tulsa Avandia attorneys, and Oklahoma Avandia attorneys, so regardless of your city of residence, we’ll be able to help you.
If we determine you are able to participate in an Avandia side effects lawsuit, we will work hard to help you recover damages. The Tulsa and Oklahoma Avandia lawsuits seek recovery for physical injury, pain, suffering, lost compensation, and medical expenses. If you are suffering due to Avandia side effects, please contact us to speak with an Oklahoma Avandia lawyer, or a Tulsa Avandia lawyer for a free, no-obligation consultation by filling out our contact form, or by calling us toll free at (877) 917-5250.
If You Can’t Participate In The Oklahoma Avandia Lawsuit
We are now accepting Avandia lawsuit cases across the nation 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 Avandia?
If you haven’t taken Avandia, or any other rosiglitazone-containing medication, you should know that many other drugs have been recalled from the market because they have caused injury, or even death. The McIntyre Law team is helping many people with these drug lawsuits. Please see our other drug information pages to find whether you may be affected by other drug recalls: