The recommended starting Avandia dosage is 4 mg once daily. If necessary, the dosage may be increased to up to 8 mg once daily after 8 to 12 weeks. The maximum recommended Avandia dose for people who are also taking insulin is 4 mg once daily.
Avandia Dosage: An IntroductionThe dosage of Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) your healthcare provider prescribes will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may currently be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
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.
Avandia Dosage for Type 2 DiabetesThe recommended starting dosage for Avandia is 4 mg once daily (or 2 mg twice daily). If necessary, your healthcare provider may increase your dosage of Avandia up to 8 mg once daily (or Avandia 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).