Dangers of Actos Diabetes Medication
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Micah L. Satterwhite with Sloan Firm.
Actos or pioglitazone is an oral medication used to treat Type 2 diabetes in conjunction with diet and exercise. In 1999 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Actos and it became one of the most widespread diabetes medications in the country. However, in 2011 the FDA required manufacturers of the medicine to update the drug’s warning section to include increased risk of cancer. Since then, Actos has become heavily associated with bladder cancer, congestive heart failure, bone fracture, and liver or kidney disease. If you or a loved one suffered a new or worsened health condition as the result of taking Actos diabetes medication, reach out to a product liability attorney.
Thousands of lawsuits have been filed over Actos injuries and the manufacturers’ failure to inform patients of the risks.
More than 9,000 claims over Actos injuries have been settled by the manufacturers, but many more remain. Diabetes already requires additional treatment and medications for patients to safely live with, but the complications which can arise from a pharmaceutical like Actos often incur significantly more medical bills and lost wages, not to mention the additional pain and suffering patients must undergo.
Adverse side effects of Actos may include the following:
- Bladder cancer
- Congestive heart failure
- Increased risk of bone fractures
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Risk of harmful drug interactions
If you experience any of the following symptoms after taking Actos, talk to your doctor about potential causes and treatments:
- Shortness of breath, particularly when lying down
- Loss of appetite
- Rapid weight gain
- Pain in the upper stomach
- Dark urine
- Pink or red urine
- Pain or difficulty urinating
- Clay-colored stool
- Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes)
- Sudden pain in the hands, arms, or feet
If you have suffered adverse health conditions after taking Actos, don’t throw away the medication.
With any medication that might be harmful or defective, it’s important to first discuss other treatment options with your medical professional. When it is safe to do so, it’s a good idea to change medications as soon as possible. However, do not throw away any remaining Actos you have. It’s important to maintain possession of the drug itself as well as any packaging or instructional material that came with it. All of this is important evidence to have if you choose to pursue compensation via legal recourse. Anyone who is injured by the negligent conduct of another party, such as failing to disclose the severity of health risks associated with a particular medicine, may be eligible to file a product liability claim in order to pay for related expenses or damages.
To learn more about the risks associated with Actos or for help filing a claim, reach out to a product liability attorney.