Diabetes Drugs Facing Cancer-Related Lawsuits

Diabetes drugs are under fire again. This time, Actos, the world’s most popular diabetes medication, is the subject of hundreds of lawsuits for significantly increasing users’ risk of cancer according to . People taking Actos were found to be 22 percent more likely to develop bladder cancer than users of other diabetes medicines.

Some European countries, such as France and Germany, have already halted the sale of Actos after this bladder cancer discovery. In addition to cancer, Actos has also been linked to an increase risk of heart disease. Taking both of these health factors into account, it’s enough to give users of Actos a reason for concern.

Of course, diabetics aren’t just taking Actos needlessly. Currently, Actos is one of the best-known drugs not only for treating diabetes, but also perhaps preventing diabetes, too. Since the research doesn’t contest the drug’s ability to manage type 2 diabetes, if you take Actos, be sure to consult with your doctor in order to make an informed, healthy decision on how to proceed with your treatment.

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  • I’m a diabetic & I used to take Actos. Since I don’t have health insurance, it became too expensive for me. My doctor used to be able to get me free samples. Then, there was the Advandia heart problem scare. Advandia claimed they weren’t any more dangerous than Actos — real comforting to Actos users. I’ve switched to Metformin, but my glucose numbers are higher now. Actos kept my morning numbers to the low 90’s, but with Metformin, I usually am ranging from the 130’s to the 170’s.

  • I’m a diabetic & I used to take Actos. Since I don’t have health insurance, it became too expensive for me. My doctor used to be able to get me free samples. Then, there was the Advandia heart problem scare. Advandia claimed they weren’t any more dangerous than Actos — real comforting to Actos users. I’ve switched to Metformin, but my glucose numbers are higher now. Actos kept my morning numbers to the low 90’s, but with Metformin, I usually am ranging from the 130’s to the 170’s.

  • I have been a Type-II Diabetic since 2001 when I was first diagnosed at age 25. I had been taking Avandia in addition to Metformin to control my sugars. It worked very well but a year ago my M.D. suggested I switch to Actos after the Avandia being in the news. I have had no complaints with Actos it works just as well in controlling my A1C and daily sugars. I will continue to take it because I have to take care of my health everyday and I am not going to stop because of the maybe’s in the future. I have had family members who didn’t take care of their type-II diabetes two have passed away and a third, my uncle had his leg amputated below his knee and struggles everyday to stay alive. I hope people don’t stop taking their medications just because of what they see or hear in the news. Talk to your doctor and he or she will figure out your best course of action. Diabetes is a disease that you can live a full life with as long as you take your medications exactly as prescribed and diet and exercise! Vince O. Tempe AZ

  • Zyprexa,Risperdal and Seroquel health risk.

    Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The average weight gain (adults) over the 12 week study period was the highest for Zyprexa—17 pounds. One in 145 adults died in clinical trials of those taking the antipsychotic drugs Zyprexa. This is Lilly’s # 1 product over $ 4 billion year sales,moreover Eli Lilly also make billions on drugs that treat the diabetes often that has *been caused* by the Zyprexa!-

    — Daniel Haszard Zyprexa victim activist and patient who got diabetes from it. http://www.zyprexa-victims.com

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