Avandia Warnings and Precautions
Some Avandia warnings and precautions include a potential increased risk of edema or heart failure for people taking both Avandia and insulin, the possibility of increased liver enzymes, and the possible risks of taking the medication while pregnant. You should not take Avandia if you are allergic to any ingredient used to make the medicine.
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: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) if you have:
- Heart problems of any kind, especially congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Liver problems, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- An upcoming surgery
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
- Have problems getting pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Are pre-menopausal without regular menstrual periods.
Also, tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.