Avandia 4 mg
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.
A healthcare provider may prescribe 4 mg of Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) once or twice daily to treat type 2 diabetes. However, your exact dosage will depend on several factors, such as:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be taking.
Avandia can be taken with or without food. If the medication upsets your stomach, try taking it with food. It is important to take your dose at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood. If you do not take your Avandia as scheduled, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and continue as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
(For more information on using Avandia 4 mg tablets for treating type 2 diabetes, click Avandia Dosage. This article covers general dosing guidelines and offers tips on safely and effectively using this medication.)