Avandia 2 mg Tablets
In September 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was severely restricting the use of Avandia, due to the risk of "cardiovascular events" such as heart attacks and strokes. Only individuals who could not control their diabetes on other medications (or those who were already taking the medication and doing well) would be able to take Avandia.
However, in November 2013, the FDA announced that a careful analysis of the research suggests that there is not, in fact, any increased risk, compared to treatment with standard diabetes medications and that the use of this medication will no longer be restricted.
Of the three strengths of Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) on the market, the 2-mg tablets are the lowest strength available. Your healthcare provider may prescribe Avandia 2 mg tablets to treat type 2 diabetes. However, your dosage will depend on several factors, such as:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you have
- Other medications you may be taking.
In general, the recommended starting dose for Avandia is 4 mg once daily (or 2 mg of Avandia tablets twice daily). If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dosage up to 8 mg once daily (or 4 mg twice daily) after 8 to 12 weeks. If you are taking insulin, the maximum recommended dosage of Avandia is 4 mg once daily (or 2 mg twice daily).
You can take this medication with or without a meal. Make sure to take it at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
(Click Avandia Dosage for more information on when a healthcare provider may prescribe 2 mg of Avandia tablets. This article also describes other factors that can affect your dosage and offers tips on when and how to effectively use this medication.)