Avandia is a medication for Type 2 diabetes that is sometimes used along with other medications to treat the disease. It is an oral diabetes medicine that helps control blood sugar levels by making the cells of the body more sensitive to the action of insulin.

Avandia is not the same as other diabetes medications. It helps your body use its own natural insulin better for improved blood sugar control. Most diabetes medications help your body to create more insulin.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar. There is no cure for Type 2 diabetes, but the disease can be managed or even prevented by eating healthy, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. However, diet and exercise may not be enough; you may need diabetes medications or insulin therapy to manage your blood sugar.

When you have Type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level or your body is resistant to the effects of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells.

Safety Concerns with Avandia

Since 2007 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has discovered potential safety concerns with the Type 2 diabetes drug Avandia. GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of the drug Avandia, did not originally disclose detailed information about potential side effects, and this had led to Avandia product liability lawsuits.

Side Effects

Possible harmful side effects include:

  • Stroke
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Liver toxicity
  • Heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure

Watch YouTube Video: Avandia Risk Concealed? The short news clip from CNN below discusses whether the maker of Avandia concealed the drug's link to heart attacks.

Sacramento Avandia Drug Defect Lawyers 

I'm Ed Smith, an Avandia drug defect lawyer in Sacramento. If you or a family member has suffered severe side effects from using Avandia and would like to discuss your legal options, call me at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400 to set up a free consultation. You can also contact me online.

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Editor's Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy. [cha 12.21.18]

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