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Common Avandia Side Effects

Avandia has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, the side effects occurring in a group of people taking the drug were documented and then compared to side effects that occurred in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how common they were, and how they compared to the group not taking the medicine.
 
Based on these studies, the most common side effects of Avandia included:
 
  • Upper respiratory infections (similar to the common cold) -- in up to 9.9 percent of people
  • Broken bones in women (especially in the arm, hand, or foot) -- up to 9.3 percent of women
  • Injury -- up to 7.6 percent
  • Headache -- up to 5.6 percent
  • Swelling or water weight gain (edema) -- up to 4.8 percent (see Avandia and Weight Gain)
  • Back pain -- up to 4 percent
  • Anemia -- up to 1.9 percent.
     
(Click Lipid Effects of Avandia for more information about other possible side effects.)
 

Side Effects of Avandia to Report

Some side effects with Avandia, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Symptoms of high blood sugar, such as:
 
    • Increased hunger
    • Increased thirst
    • Increased urination
    • Blurred vision
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Nausea or vomiting
 
  • Symptoms of low blood sugar, such as:
 
    • Sweating
    • Shakiness
    • Extreme hunger
    • Dizziness
    • Cold sweats
    • Blurry vision
    • Changes in behavior, such as irritability
    • Loss of coordination
    • Difficulty speaking
    • Confusion
    • Seizures
 
  • Trouble breathing (it may be a sign of new or worsening congestive heart failure)
  • Swelling, especially in the legs or ankles
  • Rapid increase in weight (three to five pounds in less than one week)
  • Liver problems, such as:
 
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Stomach pain
    • Unusual or unexplained tiredness
    • Loss of appetite
    • Dark urine
    • Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
 
  • Vision changes
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • An unexplained skin rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Wheezing or trouble breathing
    • Unexplained swelling.
 
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