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Millions of people around the world suffer from diabetes, a condition that requires a lifetime of daily management and vigilance. As a result of the growth of this condition, pharmaceutical companies continued with an intensive effort in regards to the research and development of medications to help treat both types of diabetes. As one would expect, the market has been flooded with different options in recent years.

One of those drugs to hit the market was Avandia, and its early results were seen as quite positive in patients who depended upon its inclusion in their routines to keep their condition under control. However, it wasn’t long before Avandia was linked to the development of several serious side effects, and this prompted action both by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Avandia injury lawyers around the United States.

Privett Law is one of the firms that has been helping those injured by Avandia. If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of using this medication, you need to contact the firm today to schedule an initial consultation. In the meantime, below is a brief overview of Avandia and the issues that surround it.

Avandia – The Basic Information

Avandia is a medication that was formulated, manufactured and distributed by GlaxoSmithKline, one of the true corporate giants of the pharmaceutical industry. The drug was approved for sale by the FDA in 1999, and has generated billions of dollars in revenue for the company since that date.

Avandia’s Intended Use 

Avandia’s specific use is to help patients deal with their ongoing battles with diabetes. Specifically, Avandia helps those managing their type 2 diabetes, as there are different forms of this condition. Type 2 diabetes has been known by several names in recent years, including adult-onset diabetes. It differs from type 1 diabetes in that type 2 patients suffer from an inability of their cells to recognize, accept and process insulin, a substance that’s critical for many life functions. Type 1 diabetes is known for its destruction of insulin producing beta cells of the pancreas.

Avandia helps with type 2 diabetes because it helps the cells which do not properly recognize the presence of insulin become more insulin-sensitive, thereby promoting a higher rate of this substance working its way through the patient’s system. The active ingredient in Avandia that ‘does the work’ is known as rosiglitazone maleate, and the medication is taken orally and usually is only part of a widespread health plan that involves a healthy diet and an exercise routine. Generally, as has been said, this medication led to positive results for a period of time after its release in 1999.

Problems and Side Effects Arise with Avandia

However, as is often the case with new and innovative medications, problems eventually began to arise in those who were using Avandia. As is also generally the case, the side effects reported by patients ranged in severity from relatively minor to permanent and life-threatening. These Avandia side effects include:

Relatively Minor Side Effects of Avandia

  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Sinusitis
  • General fatigue

Serious Side Effects of Avandia

  • Edema
  • Heart rhythm problems
  • Heart failure

As you see, Avandia affects different people in different ways, but the bottom line is that it can create problems in almost any patient. Therefore, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling in the facial area

Contact a doctor immediately. Any or all of these symptoms could be an indication of minor or extremely severe side effects, and given that many of these problems ultimately affect the heart, the last thing you should do is nothing.

FDA and Consumer Reaction to Side Effects of Avandia

The reaction to the alleged problems caused by Avandia was perhaps unprecedented. What was somewhat customary was the fact that the FDA published several Avandia warnings on its Web site regarding the potential dangers of using Avandia, including the side effects and symptoms that tended to indicate that these Avandia side effects were potentially forming with a patient.

However, much controversy ensued regarding whether Avandia should be pulled from the market. In fact, in the summer of 2007, the United States Congress convened a panel of experts in accordance with the wishes of the FDA to discuss whether or not Avandia should be recalled. The panel did not recommend a recall, prompting even more heated reactions from several entities. As of now, Avandia remains on the market.

Contact Me Today

If you or someone you love has been thrown into this growing issue and has been injured as a result of taking Avandia, you need to take action. Contact Privett Law today to schedule an initial consultation, as you need to gain an understanding of your rights and legal options as soon as possible.