Oral medications for diabetes are a part of many individuals’ daily routine globally. Apparently, these medications can control diabetes by suppressing its symptoms so as to sustain the life of a patient, if used in accordance with medical guidelines.
However, going by the latest discovery, some of these drugs seem to be injurious to your health rather than beneficial. More and more lawsuits are being filed against manufacturers of prescription diabetes medications. Many patients have complained of having suffered severe side effects after taking some of these drugs.
It has been unearthed that there are certain diabetes medications which can lead to detrimental health consequences if they are used for a long period of time even if it is in the manner which was prescribed. Therefore, we have compiled this article to warn you against some of these drugs and expose everything some manufacturers don’t want you to know and with that we believe you can stay safe. The following is a list of top 5 most dangerous diabetes drugs on the market.
Also known as ‘ACTOS’, Pioglitazone is an oral pill intended for patients with type 2 diabetes. It is distributed by Eli Lilly and Company but manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Although this drug is usually marketed as helping to control blood sugar levels, it is far from what it seems!
ACTOS has been put under the microscope by the U.S Food and Drug Administration for quite some time now due to its life threatening side effects including bladder cancer and heart failure.
After testing it, the FDA found that, the risk of bladder cancer increased with the increasing dosage and duration of its use. Along with this risk, in 2011, they also warned that patients who are taking this drug are 40% more susceptible to bladder cancer than their counterparts who are not. Other possible severe side effects discovered were heart failure, painful urination, blurry vision, weight gain and jaundice.
Due to this, the US food and drug regulatory body ordered Takeda Pharmaceuticals to include a warning on the drug’s label. The new label warns that the usage of the drug for more than 12 months may lead to bladder cancer and other symptoms stated above.
Another study spearheaded by epidemiologist Dr. Laurent Azoulay and involving 116,000 patients’ records in the UK was conducted in Canada .Again; the results confirmed that patients who took the drug for more than 2 years are twice as likely to develop bladder cancer. Due to these potential side effects, it was banned in Germany and France in 2011.
ACTOS was once a top-selling diabetes drug in the US and the rest of the world, but today consumers have significantly shunned it.
Also known as Avandia, Rosiglitazone Maleate is a drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline and intended for Type 2 diabetes patients. It has been around since 1999, and was once a bestselling type 2 diabetes drug, generating an annual revenue of more than $2 billion by 2006. The sales drastically dropped when possible Avandia adverse side effects, including heart problems became known. In spite of this, Avandia is still popular in the US.
Patients who are undergoing insulin therapy must never take this drug. A study by the FDA in 2006, involving 227,571 patients concluded disturbing results; 14% are likely to die, 25% are likely to develop heart problems and 27% of the patients are likely to develop stroke! According to several clinical studies, Avandia is linked to as many as 100,000 heart attack cases. Today, the number of victims of Avandia’s side effects continues to grow, and so are the lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline.
Rolled out in 2005 and distributed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca, Byetta is a medication intended for patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. It comes in an injectable form. Although it seems potent, this drug has life threatening side effects not to mention pancreatic cancer! In spite of this fatal risk, health practitioners continue to prescribe it.
The drug works by inhibiting the increase of blood glucose in the stomach, hampering its release from the liver. It then rouses the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas which then produce more insulin.
Immediately after the Food and Drug Administration had approved this diabetes drug in 2005, there were alleged reports claiming it is linked to pancreatitis and by October 2007, the FDA issued its first warning to consumers against Byetta when 30 users were diagnosed with severe pancreatitis. They noted headache, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, jitters, confusion, irritability, hunger, palpitation as the drug’s minor adverse effects.
i)Byetta should not be taken as alternative to insulin.
ii) It should not be taken by patients who have serious kidney problems.
If you have been affected by the drug’s serious side effects, it is imperative that you seek legal redress from the manufacturer with the help of an experienced legal expert.
Also known as Januvia, Sitagliptin Phosphate is a medication created by Merck & Co for Type 2 Diabetes patients. It works by decreasing sugar in the liver while encouraging the pancreas to produce more insulin.
First approved as a class of dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor in October 2006, this drug is today linked to kidney problems, hypoglycemia, thyroid cancer, pancreas inflammation and many other health complications.
Sitagliptin Phosphate should only be taken once in a day, and shouldn’t to be used for patients with Type 1 diabetes.
Statins is a group of costly drugs intended for diabetic people. They work by lowering LDL cholesterol which in some scientific explanation ends up controlling symptoms of diabetes. Examples of Statins approved in the U.S. include:
Although these drugs are approved by the FDA, they are actually not safe. Statins have both minor and major side effects with the latter including muscle damage, brain damage and permanent memory loss, increased insulin resistance and so on.
As you can see, there are so many dangerous diabetes drugs on the market today. If you have suffered any major side effect from any of these drugs, don’t let it go. You need to be compensated for the damage just like others. An experienced attorney can help you to sue for damages and get compensated fast.