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Effects of 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.
Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) is a prescription medication used to lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It can either be used by itself or in combination with other medications.
As part of a group of diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones (or sometimes called "glitazones"), Avandia works by improving insulin sensitivity, which helps your body use its natural insulin better. As a result of these effects, Avandia helps to lower blood sugar levels and keep them under control.
Clinical studies have shown that by getting blood sugar levels under control with Avandia, it may be possible to decrease the chances for developing diabetes complications such as heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, and diabetic nephropathy. This prescription medication has also been shown to decrease fasting blood sugar levels by 25 to 55 mg/dL.
(Click Avandia for a more in-depth look at the effects of Avandia, including information on how it works, general dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.)
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