Were you harmed by the dangerous side effects of Actos?
Actos (pioglitazone) is a prescription drug used to control blood sugar in those who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. In 2008, Actos was one of the most commonly-prescribed drugs in the United States generating about $2.4 billion in revenue for Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Extensive patient counseling is necessary before this drug is prescribed. Failure to do so can result in significant health risks.
In a 2011 FDA release, the administration released a statement informing consumers that using Actos for a year or longer could result in an increased risk of bladder cancer. In light of the discovery, a warning about the increased risk was added to the medication’s labels.
Patients should discuss their medical history, allergies and symptoms with a doctor before a prescription is issued. The FDA is conducting an ongoing safety review of this drug as more and more cases of bladder cancer begin to surface. Doctors should not prescribe Actos to patients who are at risk for bladder cancer or have a history of bladder cancer.
Actos Side Effects
The FDA notes that there may be a risk of congestive heart failure for those who take Actos. The FDA conducted a 24-week study of patients taking Actos and found that 9.9 percent of patients had to be hospitalized overnight for congestive heart failure. Call your doctor immediately if you are taking Actos and notice any sign of congestive heart failure such as blurred vision, chest pain and uneven heartbeat. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, some women who take Actos may be at an increased risk of pregnancy, as it may cause ovulation. Actos may also increase the risk of bone fractures in women.
Undoubtedly one of the most concerning side effects of Actos is the risk bladder cancer. Some of the signs of bladder tumors include blood in urine, frequent urge to urinate, painful urination, lower back pain, lower abdomen pain and stomach pain. Any sudden change in your medical condition should be reported to your doctor. If your doctor confirms that your adverse medical condition was caused by your use of Actos, you may have a case.
Contacting a Houston Litigation Lawyer
Wondering what you can do if you experienced the negative side effects of Actos? You may have a claim against Takeda Pharmaceuticals or possibly even your healthcare provider for wrongfully prescribing this drug. To learn if you have a case, contact a Houston attorney at Stern Law Group. Our firm has assisted Over 40,000 People with their injury claims and recovered over $700 million in verdicts and settlements. For strong representation, call our firm today!