As a prescription drug, Avandia® (rosiglitazone maleate) is approved for treating type 2 diabetes (also known as noninsulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes). However, because not everyone can take this medication, review Avandia's safety information with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.
For example, you may not be able to take Avandia if you have certain medical conditions, such as heart problems, liver problems, or certain allergies. Also, you may not be able to safely use this drug if you are currently taking certain medications, including some vitamins, herbal supplements, and nonprescription medications.
Although most people do not experience problems with this medication, Avandia can cause side effects. Commonly reported ones include headaches, back pain, and upper respiratory infections. This medicine comes in the form of a tablet and is typically taken once or twice a day.
(Click Avandia for a more in-depth look at important information on Avandia. This article discusses how this medication works, lists possible side effects, and offers some general tips on when and how to take it.)