Use of Avandia

LadyDi - 26259Miller
By LadyDi - 26259Miller Latest Reply 2009-01-16 11:30:49 -0600
Started 2008-12-30 20:33:37 -0600

Are any of you still using Avandia? The consumer group, Public Citizen, filed a petition recently with the Food and Drug Administration to have Avandia taken off the market due to studies showing damage to the heart and liver, some leading to death. The FDA continues to monitor as it review the petition to remove it from use. Many doctors have already stopped prescribing it.

21 replies

Karmul 2009-01-16 11:30:49 -0600 Report

I was on it for years. I heard about it on the news and called my doctor and told him I was not comfortable taking it. He changed my script but told me that the meds probably wouldn't work as well because they were an "older" type of drug…
Well they are working just fine. In fact maybe a bit better than the higher priced Avandia. The ones I am on now only cost a few dollars a month whereas the Avandia was closer to a hundred dollars a month…
I'm not saying in all instances that an older medication is better, but I am wondering if maybe we aren't rushing into newer medications too quickly before we have a good study on their effects of our body?

Punkie200 2009-01-16 11:25:52 -0600 Report

Thanks for the information. I also took Avandia. I didn't seem to think it was working to well. The Doctor switched me to Actos. I have seen some negative results with it as well.

2009-01-16 06:34:19 -0600 Report

Jim used it for pre-diabetes treatment for a couple of years. His numbers only got better with diet, I do not believe that the avandia was helpful. Medication was added, but eventually changed. See better results with Actos and glyburide. (I think that is the way it is spelled). Anyway, after 3 months his A1c went from 9.9 to 6.9, and with the extra effort of watching his diet, this was a very good result.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-16 11:17:45 -0600 Report

All of your comments really emphasize that we need to be up-to-date on our health issues and medications…and that no one med is the answer for every person. It sometimes takes several tries and/or adjustments to get to where we need to be, so it pays to be patient and willing to keep on trying until something is found that works for you. Hopefully your doctor and your pharmacist stay abreast of things too, especially with coordinating your diabetes meds with others that you're taking.

Ashalka 2009-01-04 12:46:29 -0600 Report

I took the Avandia for a few years, but it was ineffective. Was actually glad when my Dr took me off of it.

2009-01-02 16:28:41 -0600 Report

No,thank goodness; my husband was taken off in September cas it was not helping anyway. But thanks; have heard this. Claudia

Richard157 2009-01-01 14:48:26 -0600 Report

Even though I am Type 1 I was diagnosed with insulin resistance in 1998. My doctor wanted to wait until Avandia was introduced in the USA so I could use it. It was being used in Europe and there was some concern about possible liver damage. Later on it was decided to be safe and it was sold in the USA in 1999. I started taking it and my resistance problem was much improved in a few days. I had increased my insulin dosage by 40% and it was back to normal in less than a week. I have been using Avandia for 9 years and it has done me no harm. My doctor has me get blood tests for my liver and it has been good all this time. I had a thorough check-up of my heart in 2006 and there is no problem there either. I realize that there might be heart/liver problems for some people using Avandia but it is a very small percentage (so I am told) that have those problems that may be due to Avandia. My doctor had me use Actos for 6 weeks in 2006 but it was ineffective and I started using Avandia again. I think it would be a shame if Avandia was discontinued when so many people use it without problems. Why should so many people suffer for lack of Avandia if only a small percentage have problems with it???


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-01 15:06:43 -0600 Report

It is my understanding that they're still investigating Avandia. Like any med, it works for some folks and not for others as far as its effectiveness. My doctor always monitored my liver and heart while I was on Avadia as well, and continues to do so on any medication that I take, as most of them are likely to have an effect on either one or both. The newest studies just seem to indicate higher percentages of troubles form Avandia, and a higher death rate from one or the other. Nothing is perfect, unfortunately. We have to depend on our doctors, as I said before, so we pray they keep up-to-date and vigilent.

Avera 2009-01-01 01:34:23 -0600 Report

Just in case anyone still taking Avandia would like to read about its dangers, I am going to post a few links. With so many good oral medications available today, it might be wise not to take a chance and ask your doctor about something new.

Of course, as has been stated before, each person is different and how they react to any medication is different. Here are the links.,2933,289144,00...

There are so many articles I could list them all day. I just worry about people still taking it. I always say, it is better to be safe than sorry.


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-01 09:25:59 -0600 Report

Avandia is just one of those situations we face regularly where what was supposed to makes us healthier and better suddenly is found to be something that could be bad for us and kill us. Scary, isn't it - not to mention frustrating. Hormone replacement therapy is another such case, and there are many others over the years. Kind of makes you leary of starting anything new or trusting any of the studies, doesn't it? But we're sort of in a "catch 22" place, where we hope and pray the companies are vigilent and honest, and that our doctors keep current and know what they're doing. God bless us all!

2009-01-01 12:51:16 -0600 Report

Good point LadyDi, I've been reading studies on Byetta too and that drug isn't all it's cracked up to be now that it's been released to the general public. Something new daily it seems. Why don't they test these things more thoroughly before they are approved by the FDA? Just my question, I know no one has the answer to that.


Ms. Lizz
Ms. Lizz 2008-12-31 13:06:54 -0600 Report

I am and have been using Avandia for some time now, and I haven't had any bad side effects. I am gaining weight, but that is not because of the medication, it is because my fibromyalgia won't let me get out to exercise as I was at one point everyday. I get messages from iGuard Safety Alerts about specific medications I am currently taking and I forward the alerts to my doctor and speak with her concerning the potential dangers using them and she has not taken me off Avandia, and my blood sugars have been great, mainly double digits. I get excited when I am under 100 in readings. I realize too, that every medication is not for every patient.

Olies mom
Olies mom 2008-12-31 12:20:58 -0600 Report

I was one of those people that started having chest pains before they published any of their finding on this medication. I though I was having a heart attack, and went off of it imediately. I had only taken it for about 2 weeks. No great results in those two weeks, just chest pain.

Lanore 2008-12-31 10:57:51 -0600 Report

I used this for years and when all the reports came out saying that I asked my Dr for a change. She put me on Actos which I really don't think is much better. But I did have good results with the avandia when taking it. Lanore ;-)

Petrea 2008-12-31 01:29:59 -0600 Report

I have been on it for several years and am still on it. I have been reading all the articles and am going to ask my dr. again when I go in January. I just got a letter from Rite Aid which is my pharmacy which said that Avandia should not be taken with insulin and I am on 90 u of insulin. This time I'm going to tell him I want off it period. (Although I have never had any problems, that I know of.)

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2008-12-30 23:35:34 -0600 Report

I have been on it since July. Haven't had any problems yet, but I'll ask my Dr when I go in Jan if I really should be taking it.

2008-12-30 21:17:31 -0600 Report

I used to take Avandia, didn't do any good, made me gain weight and then this news came out and my doctor stopped it immediately. To answer the question, Avandia is a diabetes medication. One of several types out there.


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-30 21:23:48 -0600 Report

Glad you answered the question. Thanks. I just assumed folks knew. I too took it for quite some time, but it lost its effectiveness, so my med was changed. I think it may have been the cause of some of my weight gain, altho it seems most meds can have that affect on you. I have lost 20+ lbs. since coming off it, but can't definitely say it was because of stopping the Avandia. I was just curious to see if any doctors are still prescribing it out there.

2008-12-30 21:57:32 -0600 Report

My doctor said it was 'off the table' so I'm thinking they don't prescribe it anymore at least he doesn't. I think if someone is on it, other doctors might not change it unless the patient were to ask about the news articles.

Hope they do!!