No More Avandia

By AuntieBear Latest Reply 2011-04-23 10:44:21 -0500
Started 2011-03-16 02:59:51 -0500

I tried to get my prescription for Avandia refilled and found out I can't get it anymore. Seems Avandia has been discontinued by the manufacturer. This has me concerned and flat out wondering how big of a mess I will end up in. Avandia is what put my diabetes under control. I have been on it for almost 2 1/2 years with no problems at all. Now I need to find out if I can control my diabetes without it or not. Plus, if I can't control my bgs without the Avandia, then what do I replace it with? I have tried Actos and did not do well on it. I don't want to do insulin because I hate having to poke myself and the thought of being dependent on daily injections just makes me cringe. Time to research other diabetes meds. Maybe if I know what my options are, it won't be so bad if I have to start a new med. Of course, I might just be able to get away with a small increase in the glyburide and metformin I am already taking. Alot to think about.

13 replies

AuntieBear 2011-04-23 02:24:29 -0500 Report

I have a new doctor now and he has put me on Victoza in place of Avandia. Alot fewer side effects and I feel more stable and in control of my glucose. So I this is a good thing. Just hope it stays that way.

edvel54 2011-04-21 18:29:45 -0500 Report

I had been on Avandia for years, when they decided it was causing heart attacks, so I quit taking it and was put on Actos. It worked fine for me. Then a couple of months ago Docotor said that there was reports of Actos causing heart attacks, so I was taken off of it and put on Janumet,. Don't know if that was working because he took off that and put me on Januvia and increased my units of insulin.
I am still trying to get my numbers back to what I was on Actos. They have been way high and the insulin keeps going up.

veggie1962 2011-03-17 13:12:15 -0500 Report

There is a medicine called Actos that works the same way as Avandia, just a different manufacturer. I'd suggest calling your doctor's office and asking if that would be a suitable alternative for you. Here's a link to their website:

Also, if this doesn't work out, going on insulin isn't as bad as you fear. I am very needle phobic and, using an insulin pen, the shots are not very bad at all. Going with the shortest pen needle that will work for you is the key to comfort Now I am on a pump and (naturally) chose the OmniPod as it inserts itself automatically-no need to see any needles so it works for me!

AuntieBear 2011-03-19 02:23:31 -0500 Report

Tried Actos. It might be ok for some people, but for me it was horrible. I had most of the side effects and ended up with incontrolled sugar to the point that I had 2 ruptured blood vessels in my eye. As for the pen, thanks for telling about the difference in using a smaller needle.
Take Care,

veggie1962 2011-03-19 11:45:58 -0500 Report

Wow, I can't believe that I didn't see in your post that you tried Actos! Sorry about that. I'd still suggest to talk with your doctor regarding alternate medicine options. I can understand your being concerned since the Avandia was working so well for you.

Good luck with your decision.

kdroberts 2011-03-16 15:11:29 -0500 Report

Where are you? I know it's been withdrawn from the European market for a while and it's being withdrawn from New Zealand but as far as I know it's still available in North America

AuntieBear 2011-03-17 02:15:07 -0500 Report

I am in Arizona USA. I just found out from my pharmacy that it was discontinued by the manufacturer.

kdroberts 2011-03-17 07:32:25 -0500 Report

If you really do want to continue on with it, I would check out a different pharmacy. I took a quick look and can't find anything about it being discontinued completely, not even from the manufacturers website.

realsis77 2011-03-16 14:39:30 -0500 Report

I wish you the best . Please know being on insulin is not as bad as people imagine! Insulin has been a God send for me. I take a 24 hour insulin in the morning them take another with meals. The shots really don't hurt. When I first got put on it I was terrified. I remember filling my perscription and looking at the needles and crying! I was so scared. The reality is the insulin has made me feel soo much better and the injections are completely painless. Insulin is not a punishment it is a option. Its a great tool in the fight against diabetes! If you do need to take insulin please don't fear it! Its really made a positive difference in my life and I think you will be very surprised on how easy it really is to use! Take care and please keep us posted on what medication you will be taking! God bless

MOMMY_OF_AN_ANGEL 2011-03-16 11:05:22 -0500 Report

I would DEFINETLY call the dr RIGHT away! Hope they can give you the best answer asap. Be VERY careful about not taking meds that your body is used to getting on a daily basis.

GabbyPA 2011-03-16 09:31:48 -0500 Report

Avandia is a rough med, and while you may not have suffered from it, there is a lot of controversy out there on it. I didn't know they had stopped making it. Actos is not much better.

Have you called your doctor to see what he suggests? Loosing it cold turkey might make your levels a little wacky, but getting your doctor involved to find alternatives will help a lot. Try not to stress out over it so much that you make your levels more wacky.

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