When a person is first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, his or her doctor often prescribes Actos. This medication is supposed to help the cells of the body process insulin more effectively since people with Type 2 Diabetes have an insulin deficiency. The body processes insulin to help regulate glucose (sugar) and transfer it to the cells. The production of insulin is vital in keeping glucose at normal levels. If it gets too high, the diabetic person could become very ill or even develop life-threatening symptoms. In addition to using Actos as prescribed, people with Type 2 Diabetes are advised to watch their diet and get plenty of exercise.
Common Actos side effects
Unfortunately, the diabetic drug Actos is associated with severe side effects that were not disclosed to patients when they first began taking it. Some of side effects of Actos that have been reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) include the following:
- Heart failure
- Macular edema
- Bone fractures
- Lactic acidosis
- Bladder cancer
Of these conditions, bladder cancer is by far the most serious. Early symptoms of bladder cancer include an increased need to urinate, pain when urinating, blood in the urine and severe back pain. If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
In June of 2011, the FDA issued an official warning to people who have taken Actos for more than one year. This was in response to its connection with bladder cancer. Since that time, the defective drug attorneys at Phillips Law Offices in Chicago have helped people receive financial compensation from the drug maker to cover medical costs, time missed from work, and pain and suffering. With more than 65 years of combined experience, our personal injury attorneys focus on Actos cases, and we are available now to fight for your rights.