Yet another medication has been found to produce increased health risks in patients, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) press release. Avandia, a medication used to treat type II diabetes, was released for public use only to discover that patients using the medication experienced an increased rate of heart attack, stroke and even death.
DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH AVANDIA
Avandia is a medication used to control blood sugar for diabetic patients by lowering the amount of sugar in the blood. The drug is no longer commercially available.
Continued use is allowed through enrollment in the Avandia-rosilglitazone Medicines Access Program, if a patient and doctor determine continued use of Avandia provides benefits that outweigh the associated risks. Concerns are based primarily on cardiovascular safety. The restrictions were issued by the FDA when data from a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program found an elevated risk of heart attacks in patients using the medication.
Heart attacks were not the only negative side effects associated with use of this medication. Studies also pointed to an increased rate of strokes. Moreover, an increased rate of death was also reported.
AVANDIA PRESCRIPTIONS AND YOU
It is not recommended that anyone currently taking the medication discontinue use without first talking to their doctor. The risk is serious, but not emergent. As a result, the dangers associated with a sudden stop in taking the medication outweigh the risk of continued use until you can schedule an appointment to discuss the matter with a physician, according to specialists at the Mayo Clinic.
If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, stroke or even death while taking Avandia, remedies may be available. Such remedies include compensation for medical and rehabilitative expenses, as well as pain and suffering. As a result, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced dangerous drugs attorney.