Diabetes drugs allow millions of Americans who suffer from Type 2 diabetes to lead normal lives. However, not all diabetes drugs are the same. Dangerous side effects are associated with the drug Actos. In many patients, even if they change medications, the damage has already been done.
Patient advocate organization Consumer Reports has published reports about the risks posed by a class of diabetes medications known as thiazolidineiones. Actos is included in this class of drugs. Actos patients are up to two times more likely to suffer from congestive heart failure than patients who take other diabetes medications. Patients who take Actos may develop sudden weight gain, shortness of breath and and swelling. Women who take Actos also have an increased risk of wrist and ankle fractures.
And that’s not all the bad news about Actos. Patients who take Actos for more than 12 months are also more likely to develop bladder cancer than other diabetic patients. It is not recommended for patients with a history of bladder cancer. Because of this increased cancer risk, Actos has been banned in France. Patients must watch for bladder cancer systems such as blood in the urine, painful urination, an urgent need to urinate and pain in the back or lower abdomen. Because of all of Actos’s dangerous side effects, Consumer Reports calls it a “drug of last resort.”
If you or one of your loved ones takes Actos for diabetes, you owe it to yourself to find out what your legal rights are. Call us today for a free consultation, and the professionals at The Torkzadeh Law Firm will review your claim.