The reason I mention this, is again I want to encourage you to take a more active role in your own health care regimen. I am NOT telling you (NOT) to listen to your doctor or health care provider. I am telling you to consider that one step in managing your diabetes. You absolutely must play a role in researching both prescription drugs, AND natural cures, herbal treatments, the PH Miracle thinking, the hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oil thinking and your diet and exercise plan. NO ONE else is going to do it for you. QUIT waiting for the magic bullet, the magic drug, the magic cure or the once a day pill you can take and continue to eat anything and everything in sight and never get off the couch. NONE of those people who suffered heart attacks and other severe side effects to Avandia and Actos were suffering from , "An Avandia or Actos drug deficiency"
Thank the good LORD above, that I ended up not filling the prescription. I have also followed advice and research from Mike Adams, nicknamed, "The Health Ranger". Here is a link from Mike's website on the FDA and its role in Avandia and Actos.
Link to Mike's Site: / I strongly encourage you to add Mike's website to your favorites.
I remember the forums I read at the time did not have a favorable response to Avandia. To be honest I cannot remember all the problems and the drug was relatively new in terms of prescription drugs at the time. One of the things that stood out for me was horror stories of unexplained weight gain. I remember one in particular where the individual gained around 80 pounds as a side effect of the drug. That clinched it for me as gaining 80 pounds as a way to control type II diabetes did not make much sense to me. As mentioned in Mike's report, the FDA was apparently aware of a 43% increase in heart attacks from people using Avandia. That is a significant statistic not to have cause them to pull Avandia off the shelves immediately (in my humble opinion).
Excerpt from article:
In a letter sent today to FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, Public Citizen described how the 2002 memo showed that FDA scientists recommended that labels for Avandia and Actos, another widely prescribed diabetes drug, be amended to include mention of post-marketing reports of heart failure among patients taking the two drugs. To date, the label hasn't changed.
"The failure of the FDA to act on the recommendations made almost five years ago by its Division of Drug Risk Evaluation is yet another case in which the conclusions of scientists who are engaged in post-market drug safety review are not taken seriously enough or addressed soon enough," said Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen. "As a result, millions of people – to the detriment of their health – are prescribed drugs whose risks are dangerously understated, instead of being prescribed safer, equally or more effective alternative drugs."
The July 16, 2002, memo shows that, at the time, the FDA had 47 adverse reaction reports in which the use of Avandia (25 cases) and Actos (22 cases) resulted in hospitalization for heart failure. As of last fall, the number of such cases had increased to 803 (415, Avandia; 388, Actos). The total number of prescriptions filled for Avandia and Actos in 2006 was 22 million (11 million for each).