Actos is a prescription medication manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals that is intended for patients with type 2 diabetes. This pioglitazone drug was designed to improve glucose levels, thereby reducing the risk of liver inflammation, hypoglycemia, and other diabetes-related medical concerns. However, this medication is now being linked to a variety of serious health risks if taken for an extended period of time. Patients should be aware of the complications that may be involved before using this prescription, and they should know their rights if they have experienced adverse reactions after taking Actos.
Actos may be associated with a number of serious medical complications, such as:
Increased risk of developing bladder cancer
Increased risk of developing bone fractures
Harm to unborn children (FDA category C classification, which indicates that its effects are unknown)
Increased risk of developing serious heart conditions
Actos may also trigger menstrual periods in women who have irregular menstrual cycles due to certain medical issues. Thus, female patients may wish to speak with their doctors about taking contraceptive pills while they are using this medication to reduce the likelihood of an unplanned pregnancy and/or potential birth defects.
In addition to the medical complications that are linked to long-term Actos use, there are a variety of side effects that patients should be aware of, such as:
Allergic reaction (face, lip, tongue, or throat swelling)
Liver damage symptoms (nausea, stomach pain, dark urine, and jaundice)
If any of these adverse reactions are noted, the patient should seek the aid of a medical professional as soon as possible.
Patients who have taken this medication and experienced any side effects or serious complications can speak with an experienced legal professional to learn about their rights. In some cases, Actos users may be eligible for compensation, such as medical expenses and pain and suffering.