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Avandia Side Effects and Lawsuits

Have you suffered an injury as a result of taking Avandia? If so, you really ought to speak with a personal injury attorney who may be able to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to.

Avandia (Rosiglitazone) is a drug that is used together with an exercise and diet regimen, and possibly other medications to treat type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a disorder in which your body does not use insulin in a normal way. Because of this, your body is not able to control the amount of sugar in your blood.

Avandia is one of a class of medications that are known as thiazolidinediones. This class of drugs works by increasing your body’s sensitivity to insulin. Insulin is the natural substance in your body that works to help control the level of your blood sugar.

Avandia is for people whose blood sugar levels cannot be controlled by other medications. It is not for people with Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an ailment where your body does not make insulin. As with Type 2 diabetes, your body cannot control the amount of sugar in your blood. Avandia is also not recommended if you are taking insulin because it may increase your risk for serious heart problems.

Avandia was developed by GlaxoSmithKline in 1998. It was approved for treatment by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 25, 1999.

During clinical trials, studies show that more people died from a cardiovascular event while taking Avandia than people who were taking a placebo. However, in spite of these findings, the black-box warning label of Avandia did not mention an increased risk of cardiovascular death until the FDA warned about these risks in 2007.

According to a scientist for the FDA, Avandia is linked to as many as 100,000 heart attacks. Tens of thousands of lawsuits were filed against GlaxoSmithKline as a result of serious cardiovascular side effects and potentially life-threatening complications. Although many cases against GlaxoSmithKline have been settled, there may be a new wave of lawsuits.

In July 2012, Avandia’s maker pled guilty to charges that it did not report clinical data on the drug. The company entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice to pay a $3 billion settlement. In anticipation of more lawsuits, GlaxoSmithKline set aside $6.4 billion to pay for Avandia litigation and settlement costs.

Possible Side Effects from Avandia

Here are some of the possible side effects of Avandia, some being more serious than others. They include:

  • Back pain or headache
  • Cold symptoms like sore throat, sneezing, stuffy nose
  • Vision loss
  • Heart attack
  • Bone fractures
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Rapid weight gain or swelling
  • Feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion
  • Weakness, pals skin, easy bleeding or bruising
  • Heavy feeling or chest pain, pain that spreads to your shoulder or arm, malaise (general sick feeling), sweating.

If you have suffered injuries from using Avandia, there may be compensation that you have coming to you. Again, what you really need to do is to talk to a personal injury attorney who will review and evaluate you case.