Los Angeles Actos Lawyer
Do You Have an Actos Lawsuit?
Actos is the brand name for the type 2 diabetes drug
pioglitazone. This drug is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and by 2008, it was
one of the best selling drugs in the nation. Unfortunately, many people
taking Actos began to experience serious side effects, which prompted
further research and testing. In 2011, the FDA released an updated warning
that stated an increased risk of bladder cancer. Thorough patient counseling
is extremely important before Actos is prescribed, as certain individuals
are more prone to suffering serious side effects than others. If you or
someone you love took Actos and suffered one of the side effects listed
below, then you may have a claim.
Dangerous Side Effects of Actos (Pioglitazone)
Doctors should not prescribe Actos to certain individuals. You may be experiencing
negative side effects because your doctor wrongfully prescribed you the
drug. Some patients may also be able to hold Takeda Pharmaceuticals liable
for failing to disclose the complete risks associated with the drug. A
Los Angeles personal injury attorney from Martinian & Associates can help if you suffered one or more of
the following serious side effects of Actos:
Congestive Heart Failure
When probing into the side effects of Actos, the FDA discovered that 9.9
percent of patients who took Actos had to be taken to the hospital for
congestive heart failure. This information came as a result of a 24-week
study of a select group of Actos patients. If you begin to notice any
signs of congestive heart failure while taking Actos, such as blurry vision,
irregular heartbeat and chest pain, contact a doctor immediately.
Even in women who are taking some form of birth control, taking Actos
in addition to this may cause ovulation, therefore leading to an increased
risk of pregnancy. Taking Actos while pregnant may also cause fetal harm
in some cases.
Bone Fractures (Women)
According to a study, the incidence of bone fracture in females taking
Actos was 5.1 percent. While men may be at an increased risk of bone fracture
while taking this medication, the majority of fractures observed in the
study were in female patients.
Urinary bladder tumors are a potential side effect of Actos. This drug
should not be prescribed to individuals who are already at a heightened
risk of bladder cancer or who have had bladder tumors in the past. The
FDA began requiring that Actos include this risk on its warning label
in 2011. Possible signs of bladder cancer include blood in urine, painful
urination, lower abdominal or stomach pain and the frequent urge to urinate.
There are other types of negative side effects associated with taking Actos,
such as an increased risk of hypoglycemia (for those taking multiple diabetes
medications), macular edema and hepatotoxicity (liver damage).
Contact a Los Angeles Dangerous Drug Attorney
Are you currently taking Actos, but have begun to experience negative side
effects? You should contact your doctor immediately to discuss your options.
If you are diagnosed with a medical condition and you believe that the
condition may be a result of your use of Actos, then do not hesitate to
Los Angeles dangerous drug lawyer from our firm.
At Martinian & Associates, we are committed to advocating for the rights
of the injured. Even if you are unsure whether or not you have a case,
we encourage you to contact us. We can provide you with a free case evaluation
so that you can learn about your rights and the possibility of filing
a claim against Takeda Pharmaceuticals or another liable party.