By NormaJean Latest Reply 2008-11-25 10:37:20 -0600
Started 2008-11-20 17:51:05 -0600

There is a recall on the drug Avandia for Type 2 Diabetes,has anyone taken or is taking this drug,if so are there any side effects…?

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patti 2008-11-25 10:37:20 -0600 Report

I was on this medication in 200o, was on it for 6 mths and had a heart attack at age 43. I ran 2 miles a day, ate right, ( i have lots of food allergies) so my diet is very strict. my numbers were all good cloesterol A1c, triglcerides Dr's were surprised. They werent sure what caused it at the time. I have permanent heart damage and they belive it is from the Avandia. Today my cholesterol is great —122, my triglicerides are about 110 good cholesterol is at 51! (women they want it over 50) and bad cholesterol is at 78 (women they want under 100) My last A1c is at 5.9 but will be up again due to steroid use again, had an allergic reaction to antibiotics. That was my experince with avandia. But everyone is different.

2008-11-25 07:04:05 -0600 Report

My husband was taking it for 3 years, approx. with no side affects, but was not as helpful as it should have been. He also would have been an advantage if he was using this site 3 years ago, and may not have needed new meds.

kdroberts 2008-11-21 10:52:11 -0600 Report

I don't think it's actually been recalled by the FDA yet, but it is firmly on the way I think.

Side effects, there are potentially a lot. Congestive heart failure and liver failure are the big two. I used to think this was overblown but recently I'm not so sure. I took it for a while and switched last year just to be on the safe side. Now, I would not take Avandia even if it was the only choice left unless they can definitively prove that it's safe.

Petrea 2008-11-21 02:36:29 -0600 Report

I have been on Advandia for several years. I haven't had any side effects (that I know of anyway) but all the articles in the paper & on the news have worried me. I asked my dr. about it but he never really seems concerned about it but he does take liver blood tests every 3 months.

caspersmama 2008-11-22 15:26:18 -0600 Report

Most of the diabetes and pain med drugs we take say they can cause liver problems. I also have blood work done for my liver every 3 months. At the same time I am having the A1C blood work done.

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