Avandia is used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults who cannot lower their blood sugar levels through lifestyle changes alone. The medication works by helping the body to use its natural insulin better in order to lower blood sugar levels and to help keep blood sugar under better control. Avandia uses in children as young as 10 years old have been studied, but there is not enough information yet to recommend using this drug in children.
What Is Avandia Used For?Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) is a prescription medicine that has been licensed to treat type 2 diabetes. The drug can be used alone or in combination with other diabetes medications. In addition, Avandia cannot be used to treat type 1 diabetes (see Avandia and Type 1 Diabetes).
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.