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Avandia and Risk of Heart Attack
Information for Patients
If you or a loved one has diabetes and uses a We rely on a group of experts at Prescriber's medication called Avandia (rosiglitazone), you Letter and Pharmacist’s Letter to analyze have probably heard about several new studies these kinds of studies for us. They agree with the American Diabetes Association who now strongly encourages patients taking Avandia to Some of these studies suggest that Avandia consult their healthcare provider to reevaluate increases the risk of heart attacks, but they whether the benefit of the drug is worth the don’t prove it. Most experts recommended not jumping to conclusions based on the initial Below is some background information to
Additional evidence is coming to light. It still help you.
does not prove there is a problem but it
What is Avandia?
(rosiglitazone) is a medicine used to treat people with type 2 diabetes. It helps the body use
its own natural insulin better, which lowers blood sugar. Avandia can be used alone, or with other
medicines to treat diabetes. Rosiglitazone, the drug in Avandia, is also in Avandaryl and Avandamet.
Does it really increase my chances of having a heart attack?
A new study hints that there might be an increased risk, but it certainly doesn’t prove it. The FDA is
gathering additional information to decide if it does.
Should I stop taking Avandia?
No, not without discussing it with your healthcare provider first. But the American Diabetes
Association now strongly encourages patients taking Avandia to consult their healthcare provider to
decide if the benefits of the drug outweigh the possible risks.
Are there other options for me?
Yes. There is a medicine that is similar to Avandia called Actos (pioglitazone). Plus there are many
other diabetes medicines. Be sure to follow your diet and exercise instructions too.
What should I watch for if I’m taking Avandia?
and Actos both can worsen symptoms of heart failure. If you are taking either of these
medicines and have swelling (fluid retention), breathing trouble, or sudden weight gain, contact your
healthcare provider immediately. Avandia and Actos can very rarely cause other problems. If you
are taking either of these medicines and have unexplained nausea and vomiting, stomach pain,
tiredness, appetite loss, or if you notice that your skin or eyes look yellow, contact your healthcare
provider. Also make sure your pharmacist and your prescriber know about any natural supplements,
energy drinks, over-the-counter drugs, or any other remedies you may be taking. These can
sometimes affect your blood sugar.
You are invited to discuss any of your medications or concerns with us.
Prepared for the subscribers of Pharmacist’s Letter / Prescriber’s Letter to give to their patients. Copyright 2007 by Therapeutic Research Center


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