By Lymy Latest Reply 2010-06-28 20:19:38 -0500
Started 2010-06-28 18:10:43 -0500

If it is true that Avandia has shown to increase heart attacks by 39% in diabetics then we need to band together and make sure the FDA gets it off the market ASAP. I heard on the evening news a little while ago that they were thinking it could be in about two weeks. Why wait

Is it all about money, (as far as the drug companies are concerned)? Why does the FDA go along with these companies in giving early marketing right to them before the drugs have been tested until there are no more test that can be done to assure that the public are not put in the danger zone all for the sake of the ever loving $$? Anybody have any suggestions or answers as to why so many people have to give of their lives just so that the drug companies can get rich?

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kdroberts 2010-06-28 20:08:06 -0500 Report

You have to look at things in perspective rather than buy into the hype. I think the figure for some cardiac issues is possibly as high as a 59% increase but that's very different to a 52% chance which I think a lot of people see when they hear the stats. I can't remember exactly but it's something like 3 in 1000 when taking avandia compared to less than 1 in 1000 of people not.

I honestly don't know what to believe about it any more. Every drug has a danger attached to it but there has been so much mud thrown in the Avandia argument, so many studies done to suit one perspective that it's hard to see the truth any more. Would I take it? Probably not unless there was no other alternative. But the chances of complications fro, uncontrolled diabetes are massively greater than the chances of heart problems from taking Avandia so for some people it may be a good choice. You also have to keep in mind that the drug was on the market for 10 years before these issues were brought up. That means there were over 20 years of studies in it before anything was really noticed. I don't think you can fault the FDA too much on that. Too much red tape and there will be no new treatments for most things which will cost far more lives.

jaclyncrystal 2010-06-28 20:19:38 -0500 Report

i do not know what to believe any more either, doing ok i guess on my metformen and Jenovia, recently saw diabetic specialist, have been in a funk since, decided I needed to come back to this site and get some good vibes going again. Eyes very bad right now, levels pretty good, A1C in feb. was 7.5, going for new workup next week.

LanieJ 2010-06-28 18:59:00 -0500 Report

I have been on Avandia for many many years now, nearly ten I believe. My doctor attempted Metformin, and I never got over the lovely little side effects that they claim go away in the first few weeks. I switched doctors and she insisted I try it again. Two months later I called her in tears because it was just destroying my system. We find that for me, Metformin makes me extremely tired (worse than when my sugars are through the roof) my body aches, and then of course the stomach problems that never go away. Avandia has worked well for me for quite some time now. Of course, I am monitored closely and full work ups done every three months to ensure there is no heart issues creeping up on us. But with all medications, there are serious side effects that could happen. I hope they dont take this med off the market, just make people more aware of the side effects because there are those of us who find this to be one of the best methods of management.

bettymachete 2010-06-28 18:24:36 -0500 Report

I had a friend almost die from Avandia this was amid widespread reports of many others having the same issues. She is now involved in a lawsuit against Glaxo Smith Klien GlaxoSmithKline knew about severe Avandia side effects and failed to disclose them to the FDA and the general public. They have already settled on over 700 cases! The FDA has known about the severity of the side effects but had delayed review until July for undisclosed reasons. They also will not allow the publications of the reports to be disclosed to the public. Yeah it stinks to high heaven!

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