Avandia (Rosiglitazone) is a prescription drug used to cure patients with type 2 diabetes. Avandia

Rosiglitazone (Avandia) improves individual’s ability to keep blood glucose levels under control by making patient’s body more sensitive to insulin. Avandia belongs to the Actos (Pioglitazone) medicine class.  A doctor-endocrinologist might prescribe this medication to use alone or with mixture of other diabetes medicines that are working differently. If used alone, Rosiglitazone (Avandia) may reduce hemoglobin A1C blood glucose control measure by one to one and half percent. But some individuals get better control by combining Avandia with other diabetes medications, which reduce levels of glucose in blood.

Avandia is manufactured by the drug maker company GlaxoSmithKline and its doses exist of 2mg (pink, pentagonal- film coated tiltab tablet); 4mg (orange, pentagonal film-coated tiltab tablet); and 8mg (red-brown pentagonal film-coated tiltab tablet). The Avandia’s doses range from four to eight milligram (mg) 1 or 2 times daily without or with food.

Avandia (Rosiglitazone) must not be used by anyone who is allergic to this medication; has serious liver damage; pregnant; had or has a heart failure history; has a cardiac condition, that prevents from some physical activities; has a cardiac conditions that restrict from all physical activities.  Due to possible risk of heart attacks or stroke while using Avandia, the individuals must ask their specialist in endocrinology about risks and benefits of this drug, but never stop use of any prescribed medicines without discussing such issue with your doctor.

All medications can result in side effects, but many patients have minor or no side effects at all. Most common side effects include headache and cold-like symptoms. More severe side effects may also happen and the patient must seek immediate medical help. Such severe effects include: chest tightness; allergic reactions such as itching, hives, rash; breathing difficulty; unusual hoarseness; tongue, face, mouth, lips swelling; unusual bone pain; drowsiness or dizziness; blurred vision; discomfort or pain in arm, jaw, or chest; lightheadedness; fainting; vomiting or stomach aches; legs or arms numbness; peeling, blistered, swollen or red skin; heart failure symptoms; severe headache; liver problem symptoms (for example-dark urine, yellowing of patient’s eyes or skin); appetite loss; low blood sugar symptoms (increased sweating, tremors, chills, headache, increased hunger, anxiety); unusual weakness or tiredness.

It is extremely important to monitor your glucose level in blood for maximum benefits from the Avantia. Use Avantia exactly as prescribed by your endocrinologist. If you missed your dose-take it quickly as you remember and continue to use it on regular basis. Don’t take a double dosage to make up for a missed dose.

Store Avandia tablets in tightly closed bottle at the room temperature far away from children.

Latest update

On January 17, 2011 the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline said that it will use $3.4 billion dollars charge for litigations over Avandia’s drug. In September, 2011, European lawmakers ordered this drug off the market due to the evidence that Avandia increased heart attacks or stroke risks.

More than 2,400 individuals in LA have already settled claims against Avandia and many lawyers are involved to fight these cases. GSK said it will cost the company more than 6 billion for further investigation and lawsuits. Glaxo was also ordered by regulators to update risky Avandia’s side effects in february 2011 for better understanding of its drug safety.

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