Today my friends, I would like to give you some information that was provided by DrugWatch.com.
Type 2 Diabetes and the Negative Effects of Actos
Type 2 diabetes medications generally work by decreasing insulin resistance and helping lower blood sugar levels. Most people who have type 2 diabetes take an oral medication such as Actos to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Many type 2 diabetes patients take Actos without knowing the possible negative side effects, which range from stomachache to broken bones to bladder cancer.
Worldwide, more than 10 million patients have filled an Actos prescription. And dozens of Actos Lawsuits have been filed against the maker.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the label on Actos multiple times to add warnings of possible Actos side effects.
Actos works by increasing cells’ sensitivity to insulin. Additionally, Actos decreases the glucose output from the liver.
Side effects that should not necessarily cause alarm include:
- include stomach pain
- mild anemia
- sinus infection
- muscle pain
- and appetite loss
Anyone taking Actos should also be aware of the more severe dangers associated with this medication:
- Weight gain: People taking Actos typically gain 2 to 12 pounds. If a patient gains more weight than this, it may be a sign of fluid retention, which can lead to heart failure.
- Heart failure: Actos can cause or exacerbate congestive heart failure in some patients. Symptoms include shortness of breath, swelling of arms or legs, stomach pain, difficulty breathing, frequent dry cough or wheezing, difficulty thinking, fast heartbeat, difficulty exercising and fatigue.
- Bone fracture: Actos can lower bone density in the hips and spines of women, leading to fractures.
- Liver damage: Actos can cause an increase in liver enzymes. Occasionally, this leads to liver failure or cirrhosis.
- Eye damage: Actos increases the risk for macular edema, which occurs when fluid in the eye causes swelling and blurred vision.
- Bladder cancer: Four studies have linked Actos to an increased risk for bladder cancer. Symptoms include abdominal pain, blood in the urine, bone pain or tenderness, fatigue, painful urination, increase in urinary frequency, urinary urgency, , incontinence and weight loss.
For those who have type 2 diabetes, there are other types of medications with a much shorter list of side effects. Patients should talk to their doctors about alternatives to Actos.
I would like to thank Aubrey Hayes and the writers and DrugWatch.com for provided this important information and allowing me to use this. I hope if you have Diabetes Type 2 that you seriously consider the warnings and the dangerous side effects this drug could have on your health!
I would also consider alternative and preventative remedies to control you diabetes! I always believe if possible alternative natural solutions are safer and healthier!
Quote of the Day: “We talk about leaving no genetic stone unturned. I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to understand the genes involved (in diabetes) even if we can just prevent or delay the onset of diabetes, even by two or three years, it would have a huge impact financially, on families, on everyone!” ~ Craig Hanis