One of the fastest growing problematic diagnoses in the United States is type 2 diabetes, which is a condition that requires constant management and medical oversight. As more and more people have encountered the need for help managing this condition, pharmaceutical drug companies have been formulating and releasing medications that are designed to help manage the symptoms and risks associated with type 2 diabetes.
One of the leading medications in this regard is known as Actos, which is manufactured and distributed by the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited. Actos was initially seen as a success with treating the problems associated with type 2 diabetes, but unfortunately reports of the development of serious Actos side effects began to emerge. Below you’ll find a brief overview of these problems, and if you or someone you love has been harmed as a result of using this medication, seek the help of experienced Actos side effects lawyers as soon as possible.
Actos is generally prescribed as part of an overall program for those with type 2 diabetes that includes a restrictive diet and a program of exercise. When all of these components are combined, the body of a patient should increase its sensitivity to insulin, which should help regulate and lower the elevated levels of blood sugar in a person’s system.
Unfortunately, reports of serious Actos side effects eventually began to emerge with patients from all over the world. The most serious alleged Actos side effect is an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, which is a notoriously aggressive form of this disease. Patients who used high doses of Actos regularly for at least two years were found to be the most at risk for this diagnosis based on several studies.
In addition to the risks associated with bladder cancer, alleged Actos side effects have included weight gain, which can be dangerous for anyone with type 2 diabetes as well as congestive heart failure in those patients who had already suffered from heart problems before taking Actos. If these heart problems go unnoticed or untreated, they can be fatal to a patient.
There have been several actions taken around the world in response to reports of Actos side effects, and these actions have included the suspension of the sale of Actos in France and in Germany. Earlier this year in the United States, the FDA announced that it was conducting a review of Actos and its alleged dangers in order to determine what should be done with regards to its place on the market. The FDA has already required label warnings on containers of Actos with regards to its heart-related risks.
If you or someone you love has used Actos and you’ve suffered as a result, you need to seek the help of experienced Actos side effects lawyers who have a track record of holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for the damage they have done. Contact Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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