Avandia is the most commonly prescribed diabetes drug in the United States. Avandia (rosiglitazone) is used to treat type 2, non-insulin dependent diabetes by increasing the bodies sensitivity to insulin. Avandia is manufactured by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and has been on the market since 1999. If you have type 2, diabetes there is a strong likelihood you may have taken Avandia at some time.
What Type Of Adverse Side Effects Have Been Associated With Avandia?
Avandia has been linked to two types of edema (swelling or accumulation of fluid). Peripheral edema is swelling of the extremities due to fluid buildup. Macular is the swelling and protein buildup in the eye area. People who have taken Avandia have reported one or both types of edemas. The edemas have been linked to congestive heart failure. Studies suggest that there is a 43% increase in having a heart attack in people who have taken Avandia than the general population.
In addition to heart problems, Avandia has been linked to the following adverse medical conditions:
- Blurred vision
- Decreased visual acuity
- Liver problems
- Weight gain
What Are My Rights If I Have Taken Avandia And Suffered Side Effects?
Given the fact that GlaxoSmithKline was aware of many of Avandia’s side effects and did not act to immediately recall Avandia from the market, there appears to be significant culpability on the part of the manufacturer. Depending on when you were prescribed, Avandia, you may also have a potential cause of action against the individual doctor or clinic.
If you you a loved one has suffered from an injury since taking Avandia, you may contact our office for a free consultation and to learn your rights. All consultations are kept confidential and there is no obligation on your part. Please use the contact form or call, toll-free (800) 926-7565 to speak with our Avandia lawyers day or night.