If you or a loved one has been taking Avandia, then this is important for you to read 8 years ago Avandia, a drug used to treat type two diabetes, came onto the market and is now used by over six million people. Experts now caution all users of Avandia to talk to their doctors about whether or not they should be on the drug, and are warned not to quit the drug all together because some side effects might occur such as shortness of breath, swelling of their feet, and weight gain, all of which are symptoms of congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema (fluid buildup in the lungs). Congestive heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to maintain adequate circulation. Because the heart doesn’t pump properly, fluid often builds up in the lungs
According to a review published by the New England Journal of Medicine, studies have shown that users of Avandia showed a 43% higher risk of heart attack than those not on the drug. Although the maker of Avandia remains very confident in the safety of the diabetic medicine, congress is said to be holding a hearing on the safety issues.
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