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 Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) by itself or in combination with other medications to treat type 2 diabetes (also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes).
The medication comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once or twice a day. Several strengths of Avandia are available, including:
- Avandia 2 mg tablets
- Avandia 4 mg tablets
- Avandia 8 mg tablets.
Your healthcare provider will consider several factors before prescribing this drug. Some of these factors include:
- How well your diabetes is controlled
- Other medical conditions you have
- Other medications you are currently taking.
You can take Avandia tablets with or without food. However, if the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food. Make sure to take your dose at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
(Click Avandia Dosage for details on dosing guidelines for treating type 2 diabetes. This article also discusses the factors that may affect your specific dose and offers suggestions on how to safely use this medication.)