Black Box Warning For Actos and Avandia

| Oct 31, 2007

The FDA has spoken: the heart risk warnings on labels of Avandia (rosiglitazone) and Actos (pioglitazone) will now be surrounded by an emphatic black outline known as a black box. Black boxes will also be added to the warnings on Avandaryl (rosiglitazone and glimepiride), Avandamet (rosiglitazone and metformin), and Duetact (pioglitazone and glimepiride).

To catch up on the whole Avandia hoopla, read "The Latest About Avandia and Actos", "Amid Accusatory Debate, FDA Puts Black Box Warning on Avandia and Actos", and "Updated: Analysis Associates Avandia With Greater Risk of Heart Attack".

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Categories: Actos, Heart Care & Heart Disease, Pharmacy, Professional Issues, Type 2 Medications

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Posted by Anonymous on 7 April 2009

I have been taking avandia and metformin for the past 8 years. All these years I suddenly had low energy (especially doing professional mental work), slept too much, lost being inspired about work or the future, always had severe jetlag after crossing the Atlantic including fast (95/minute) and irregular heart beat (very scary, I expected a heart attack at age 60). I stopped taking these pills one month ago, increased exercise and diet and feel back to normal. Also my blood pressure which these past 8 years was 160/100 with many pills dropped down to 120/70 with only half the pills. Obviously something is wrong with both metformin and avandia.

Posted by meisa83 on 20 January 2010

I was taken Metfromin and Actos at one point and I gained 15 pounds in one week from the Actos. My doctor would not change it..I had to switch doctors to return to Glipize and Metformin. I'm not sure what is best. Being pregnant now I am on Insulin and Metformin. Its very scary to think about the future. I am only 26.

Posted by Anonymous on 28 January 2010

I was taking metformin, Actos, Amaryl for many years and after mentioning two fractures in my foot and my wrist, the doctor quickly took me off Actos. I have lost 10.5 kilos (23 lbs) but my BGL is extremely high I am now on Lantus as well as Amaryl and Metformin but feel better that I have lowered the risk of heart attack (43% higher on Actos) What is wrong with pharmacetical companies where profit is more important that client quality of life? Don't introduce another risk when we are already dealing with serious issues in diabetes.

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