Almost every medication can be associated with certain side effects, ranging from minor to severe. Avandia, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and approved by the FDA in 1999 for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes in non-insulin dependent patients, is no different.   While some Avandia consumers have found help, others have suffered serious, life-threatening side effects after long-term use.

The most common side effects of Avandia are upper respiratory tract infection, headaches, back pain, fatigue, sinusitis, and diarrhea.   Some users also experience allergic reactions in the form of rashes, swelling, itching, and hives.

More serious side effect that require immediate medical attention include

1. Congestive Heart Failure—

If you experience chest pain or discomfort or have trouble breathing it may be a sign of myocardial ischemic, the lack of blood flow to the body, or congestive heart failure, when the heart fails to function as an adequate pump. Contact your doctor of health care provider immediately if you experience any of these symptoms.

2. Macular Edema—

Blurred central vision, distorted vision, or vision that is tinted pink are all symptoms of macular edema, then blood vessels leak fluid into the retina.   If left untreated, macular edema can cause permanent vision damage or even blindness.

3. Edema—

Fluid trapped by the body’s tissues causes swelling in the limbs, hands, and feet and is the sign of a serious condition which can often lead to heart failure.  Edema needs immediate medical attention.

4. Hypoglycemia—

Diabetic patients can sometimes suffer from low blood sugar also known as hypoglycemia. The symptoms of this are headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, tremor, irritability, or trouble concentrating. This can be caused due to:

    1. Skipped meals
    2. Alcohol consumption
    3. Stress or
    4. Long duration workouts.

5.Bone Fractures—

Women, more often then men, have reported bone fractures in arms, hands or feet while using Avandia. Frequent visits to doctor and undergoing regular medical check-ups are always recommended for diabetic patients.

6. Liver Damage—

If you experience unusually dark urine, consistent abdomen pain, yellowing of eyes or skin, changes in vision or eye problems, or a persistent feeling of vomiting or nausea, you may be suffering from liver problems.

Have you used Avandia and suffered a serious, life-threatening side effect?

 Any individual or the relative of an individual who has suffered due to Avandia’s side effects is permitted to file a lawsuit. The lawyers can help you determine whether you are qualified to seek compensation. You may be eligible to seek reimbursement for medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and punitive damages (compensation granted for losses suffered).

Different states have different legislation regarding medical lawsuits, so it is essential to hire an experienced and effective lawyer who can file the case.  We can match your case with attorneys who have the experience to handle even the most complex claims, and we are accepting new cases.  If you need further information about the harmful side effects of Avandia or legal advice concerning personal injury matters, we invite you to contact us or to fill out our form on this website for a free case evaluation.