Avandia and Heart Attacks
FDA Recommendations for Avandia and Heart Attacks
In September 2010, the FDA announced that it would be severely restricting the use of Avandia, due to the risk of "cardiovascular events" such as heart attacks and strokes. Only individuals who cannot control their diabetes on other medications, or those who are already taking the medication and doing well, will be able to take Avandia.
Because stopping or switching any diabetes medication can be dangerous, it is important to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of Avandia with your healthcare provider. Do not stop taking Avandia without first discussing it with your healthcare provider. Additional analysis may suggest that Avandia does indeed increase the risk of heart attacks. Until then, further research is needed to fully understand the risks associated with Avandia.