Pioglitazone Complications and Symptoms
Actos (Pioglitazone) has been one of the best-selling drugs for controlling blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes, garnering its manufacturer many millions of dollars in profits since its entry into the market.
The drug originally came under scrutiny for its role in causing or contributing to congestive heart failure. Then in September 2010, the FDA announced it had begun a safety review to determine if use of Actos increased a patient’s risk of developing bladder cancer.
In August 2011, the FDA did indeed find that patients who used Actos (and other Pioglitazone-containing medicines) for more than one year had an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, with those using it the longest and at higher levels having a higher risk.
The Facts About Bladder Cancer
Bladder cancer begins most often in the cells that line the inside of the bladder. While bladder cancer typically affects older adults, Actos-related bladder cancer can affect patients of any age. There are three types of bladder cancer: transitional cell carcinoma (most common), squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Most bladder cancers are diagnosed early when the condition is highly treatable.
Symptoms of Bladder Cancer
Most patients contact their doctor when they see a change in the color of their urine. With bladder cancer, blood in the urine may cause it to be dark yellow, bright red or cola colored. In some cases, however, urine appears normal.
Patients may notice other symptoms, such as:
- Difficult or painful urination
- Frequent urination or very urgent urination
- Abdominal pain or back pain
- Frequent urinary tract infections (UTI)
Recurrence of Bladder Cancer
Unfortunately, bladder cancer is likely to recur, even when caught and treated early. Understandably, many bladder cancer survivors live with continuing anxiety about the disease coming back. They must undergo frequent follow-up tests for years after treatment. This fear of reoccurrence of cancer has been noted in lawsuits by former users of Actos.
Contact a Phoenix, Arizona, Injury Compensation Law Firm
If you or a family member suffered Actos bladder cancer or some other Pioglitazone complication or symptom, talk to an experienced defective drug lawyer at Knapp & Roberts law firm. Your consultation is free and can provide you with valuable information and advice regarding your potential legal case. Contact our Scottsdale or Phoenix, Arizona, injury compensation law firm.
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