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Diabetic Drug Information -- Avandia

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.
Before beginning treatment for type 2 diabetes, drug information on Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider. This prescription medication is approved for use either by itself or with other medications for treating type 2 diabetes.
Although most people do not have any problems while taking this drug, Avandia is not suitable for everyone. For instance, you may not be able to safely use it if you have certain medical conditions, such as heart problems, liver problems, or certain allergies. You also may not be able to take this medication if you are currently taking certain medications, including some vitamins, herbal supplements, and nonprescription medications.
The drug comes in the form of tablets and is typically taken once or twice a day. Most people tolerate this medication well. If side effects do occur, they are generally mild and easily treated. Some of the common side effects reported with Avandia include headaches, back pain, and upper respiratory infections.
(Click Avandia for more information on this diabetes drug. This article also covers how this medication works, lists potential side effects, and offers some general safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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