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Actos Side Effects and Lawsuits

Have you or a loved one developed bladder cancer or other side effects after taking the medication, Actos? If this is the case, you should really consider contacting a personal injury lawyer who may be able to help you receive compensation for your Actos injury.

Actos is a drug that was developed by Japanese pharmaceutical giant, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Takeda is a huge, multinational pharmaceutical company that employs more than 19,000 people.

Actos was approved to be sold in the United States in 1999. That year, sales of the drug were over $36 million. By 2010, sales of Actos were over $3 billion, making it one of the best-selling medications in the United States.

Pioglitazone is a prescription drug of the class thiazolidinedione (TZD). It is marketed by Takeda as Actos. Actos has hypoglycemic (antihyperglycemic, antidiabetic) action.

Actos is used for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes in adults who are over the age of 18. It is used to improve glucose control. It helps your body use insulin better. Actos may be used by itself or with other medications, such as insulin, sulfonylurea or metformin agents. When Actos is taken in conjunction with exercise and a proper diet, it helps control blood sugar levels.

All of this sounds very good. However, evidence has come to light that Actos increases a person’s risk of developing bladder cancer by 40% when the medication has been taken for more than one year. As a result, Actos has been withdrawn in some countries, such as Germany and France.

In the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not taken Actos off of the market. However, the FDA has issued new safety warnings in regard to the use of Actos. The FDA is warning the public that taking Actos for over one year may be associated with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. It is recommending that healthcare professionals should not use Actos or pioglitazone-containing medications in people with active bladder cancer, and that Actos and pioglitazone-containing drugs should be taken with caution by people who have a prior history of bladder cancer.

In addition to an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, there are some other side effects that are possible with using Actos. Some of these include:

  • Cold symptoms like sneezing, sore throat, sinus pain, stuffy nose
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Anemia
  • Edema
  • Worsening of congestive heart failure
  • Liver failure

In spite of the rigorous testing that pharmaceutical products go through before they are released to the public, the risks associated with Actos were not made known before it was available for purchase. In addition, allegations have been made that Takeda knew about the risks that were associated with their product before it was released.

As a result, Takeda is now facing over 3,000 lawsuits for an Actos Injury. Again, if you or a loved one has been a victim of an Actos injury, you really ought to talk to a personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you get the compensation you or your loved one deserves for an Actos injury.