Medicine is only truly useful when it poses no danger to the people who take it. Likewise, medicinal substances should not be manufactured and offered to the public through prescriptions until it is absolutely certain that it is safe for regular use. If an untested or unregulated drug is sold to consumers, the consequences could be dire.
An example of a popular yet dangerous prescription drug that is currently circulating is Actos, or pioglitazone. Actos is meant to help people with type 2 diabetes regulate their blood sugar levels by taking the drug regularly in tablet form. While the drug has been effective in many, the number of people who experienced adverse or life-threatening side effects during initial trial studies is shockingly high.
Common side effects of Actos usage include:
- Cold-like symptoms
- Headaches or migraines
- Sore throat
- Fever-like symptoms
- Fatigue or exhaustion
- Hives or facial swelling
- Dizzy spells
Uncommon and more dangerous Actos side effects are:
- Congestive heart failure
- Bone fractures and weakening of bones
- Developing bladder cancer
- Liver failure
- Sudden blindness or changes in vision
- Chronic kidney disease
Actos has also been found to interact poorly with numerous other drugs, both nonprescription and prescription. Severe allergic reactions may occur if Actos is used with any other sort of medication. Due to the general unpredictability of these reactions, it can be difficult or impossible to anticipate such a reaction until it occurs.
What to Do If You Are Taking Actos
You should never change your own prescription. Use Actos exactly as you are prescribed unless you have developed severe side effect symptoms. The moment you experience a side effect of Actos, regardless of severity, you should contact your doctor immediately for further instruction about what to do to prevent further complications. Emergency medical attention may be required.
When it is safe to do so, you should also contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC and speak to one of our Stuart dangerous drug attorneys. We can provide you with a free case evaluation to let you know if you have grounds for a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Actos. Call 866-675-4427 for additional information.